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Dodgers sweep Rockies with walk-off win, push lead in NL West to six games

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First, they bought Mitch White off the hook for a loss.

Then, they set the stage for a walkoff win.

Mookie Betts had the decisive swing Wednesday, hitting a single on a excessive chopper behind the mound with the bases loaded within the backside of the ninth inning to present the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

However it was the underside of the Dodgers lineup that did the heavy lifting, manufacturing a tying rally within the seventh inning earlier than keying the dramatic end that accomplished the workforce’s three-game sweep of their division rivals.

“These guys have been actually, actually good,” Betts mentioned. “They only proceed to place good at-bats collectively. They’re the rationale we’re the place we at the moment are.”

Each instances, Cody Bellinger bought the menace began from the No. 7 spot within the batting order.

With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 within the backside of the seventh, he hit a two-out, two-strike single to proper, went to 3rd on a Gavin Lux single within the subsequent at-bat, then scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch — sliding throughout safely after Betts initially put up the cease signal on a ball that rolled just a few steps away from the plate.

“[It was] sort of laborious to learn, simply because there’s a catcher in the way in which,” Bellinger advised SportsNet LA after the sport. “However I noticed the ball hit the grass and I simply determined to go. Took the prospect.”

Added supervisor Dave Roberts: “That simply speaks to the expertise of Cody — and the instincts.”

Two innings later, Bellinger offered the spark once more.

He led off the ninth along with his third single of the sport. He once more took third on a base hit by Lux — who went two for 3 with a stroll — that bounced via the infield.

Then, even with the Rockies utilizing a five-man infield with the bases loaded and no outs, Bellinger crossed residence and not using a throw on a gradual, excessive chopper from Betts, whose walkoff infield single was not fielded cleanly behind the mound by Rockies shortstop José Iglesias.

“I don’t suppose it was one in all Mookie’s finest at-bats,” Roberts joked postgame. “However we’ll take the outcome.”

The win was the Dodgers’ twelfth of their previous 16 video games. It prolonged their division result in six video games over the Padres. And it bought them to the midway mark of the season with a 52-29 document — two wins greater than they’d on the similar level final season, after they went on to win a franchise-record-tying 106 video games.

“I believe we’re lastly taking part in all-around good baseball,” Roberts mentioned. “I believe all 12 months lengthy we’ve carried out an incredible job of pitching. … We’ve caught the baseball actually. And I believe lastly our offense is taking part in for each other.”

On Wednesday, their late manufacturing saved White from a bad-luck loss.

Dodgers pitcher Mitch White pitches to Colorado Rockies' Kris Bryant.

Dodgers pitcher Mitch White pitches to Colorado Rockies’ Kris Bryant throughout the first inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Occasions)

One minute, White had been on a path towards historical past, finishing the primary 5 innings with out giving up successful.

The following, he was watching the Rockies (35-47) take the lead in what had been a scoreless recreation, dropping his no-hit bid and flawless scoreline on a disastrous play within the prime of the sixth.

With Kris Bryant on first (courtesy of White’s fourth stroll of the sport) and one out within the inning, Brendan Rodgers dumped a single into shallow middle for the Rockies’ first hit.

As Bellinger fielded the ball within the outfield, Bryant rounded second and chugged towards third. Bellinger tried to throw him out however bounced his throw in need of teammate Justin Turner. The one-hopper hit Turner within the arm after which evaded White’s sprawling effort to cease the deflection, after he’d positioned himself in entrance of the Dodgers’ dugout to again up the play.

The ball finally rolled into the digital camera nicely. Bryant was awarded residence plate. And although White accomplished a profession lengthy begin of 5 ⅔-innings with out giving up an earned run — Bellinger was charged with an error on the play — he nonetheless left the mound in peril of being charged with a defeat.

“It was a cool little play,” White mentioned.

Nonetheless, Roberts had nothing however reward after the sport for the third-year left-hander, who lowered his ERA to three.38 whereas making his seventh begin this season as a fill-in within the Dodgers rotation.

“What we’ve challenged him with this 12 months, so far as the circumstance, it hasn’t been simple,” Roberts mentioned. “However he’s dealt with it like knowledgeable. … He’s been as beneficial as any participant we’ve had that’s been right here your entire 12 months.”

And finally, the Dodgers bought him off the hook.

The bullpen accomplished what was the Dodgers second one-hitter of the season with 3 ⅓ good innings, together with a five-pitch ninth inning from struggling nearer Craig Kimbrel.

The underside of the Dodgers lineup delivered every of its remaining two journeys to the plate.

And the workforce hit the midpoint of the season on a celebratory excessive be aware, grinding out a ninth-inning rally for his or her second walkoff win this 12 months.

“I get we solely scored two runs tonight,” Roberts mentioned, “however how they’re going about it’s significantly higher.”

Brief hops

— Roberts mentioned it’s a “protected guess” that Chris Taylor will probably be out till after the All-Star break due to a left foot fracture that was recognized after a CT scan Tuesday.

— Roberts mentioned reliever Blake Treinen is scheduled to throw off a mound for the second time on Thursday. It’s anticipated to be a 25-pitch session of fastballs and cutters at about 90% effort. There’s nonetheless no timetable for the subsequent steps of Treinen’s restoration.

— Andrew Heaney felt good after a Tuesday bullpen session, in keeping with Roberts, and is predicted to throw one other in “the subsequent few days.”

— After Taylor was formally placed on the injured checklist Wednesday, outfielder Zach McKinstry was activated from the injured checklist following a rehab stint. The Dodgers additionally activated reliever Caleb Ferguson from the injured checklist Wednesday and optioned Ryan Pepiot an evening after he made a spot begin.