Edwin Ríos and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, Trea Turner added a solo shot in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Friday night.
It was the second win of the series for the Dodgers, who had a season-high 24 hits in a 14-1 victory on Thursday. This game wasn’t as lopsided, but Los Angeles was still in control for most of the night.
Batting ninth in the stacked Dodgers’ lineup, Ríos pulled a fastball from Madison Bumgarner over the right-field wall for a three-run homer and a 3-0 lead. It was his sixth homer this season.
Betts followed with a no-doubter to left that pushed the advantage to 4-0.
It was obvious Bumgarner (2-3) didn’t have his best stuff. The lefty struggled with command for much of the night — even throwing a pitch behind Justin Turner — and gave up five runs over six innings.
The Dodgers have won 11 of 13 and lead the National League with a 31-14 record.
Los Angeles rookie Ryan Pepiot gave up one run over 4 1/3 innings in his third big league start. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out, but reliever Brusdar Graterol (1-2) got out of the jam, allowing just one run to score on a sacrifice fly.
The D-backs rallied in the ninth off closer Craig Kimbrel, but couldn’t finish the job. Josh Rojas had an RBI double and Christian Walker knocked in another with a run-scoring groundout to pull within 6-4, but Kimbrel got David Peralta on a game-ending groundout.
Betts’ homer was his 13th this season and kept up a sensational stretch. He’s hit safely in 28 of 33 games since April 19 and entered Friday batting .341 with 27 RBIs and 41 runs scored over the same stretch.
ODDS AND ENDS
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts was not at Saturday’s game. He returned to southern California for his daughter’s gradution and is expected back on Saturday. Bench coach Bob Geren managed the team Friday. … RHP Phil Bickford was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Pepiot on the roster.
Diamondbacks: Called up LHP Tyler Holton from Triple-A Reno and optioned RHP Luis Frias to Triple-A. … JaVale McGee, the backup center for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, took batting practice and shagged fly balls in the outfield. He also threw out the first pitch. McGee was promoting his 6th Annual Juglife Foundation Water For Life Charity Softball game on June 22 … Leadoff hitter Daulton Varsho (right shoulder soreness) left the game in the fifth inning. He was hit on the shoulder by a pitch in the first inning.
The two teams meet again on Saturday evening. The D-backs will start RHP Merrill Kelly (3-2, 3.49 ERA). The Dodgers will counter with RHP Tony Gonsolin (4-0, 1.62).
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