Chris Taylor missed most of the Dodgers’ Hot July with a fracture in his left foot. Joey Gallo, who was released by the New York Yankees, didn’t arrive until the day after the August 2 close. It wasn’t too late for either of them to join the party.
Taylor hit a tie with a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning, and Gallo smashed a three-run pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning to lead the Dodgers to an 8-5 win over the Minnesota Twins ahead a boisterous, sell-out crowd of 53,432 at the Chavez Ravine.
Assistants Alex Vesia, David Price, Evan Phillips, Chris Martin and Craig Kimbrel combined to facilitate a 42/3 innings run as the Dodgers extended their winning streak to 10 games, improving to 32-5 since June 29 and their major League upped -best record to 77-33.
“It’s an exciting team to be a part of,” Gallo said, while his teammates chanted “Joey, Joey, Joey” in the clubhouse. “I thought we were going to win a lot in New York, but we’re really winning a lot here, especially lately.”
Taylor, who went one-for-ten from the injured list with five strikeouts in his first three games, drove a 0-and-2 turn from Minnesota reliever Michael Fulmer into the left pavilion for a 5-4 lead in the sixth, a shot, recalling his walk-off homer off St. Louis in the National League wildcard game last October.
Trea Turner doubled the midfield wall with an out in the seventh, and Smith was footed with two outs on purpose.
Gallo then drove a 97-mile fastball from Griffin Jax to left center for a three-run homer and an 8-4 lead.
The Dodgers hit five of their runs with two outs and went three for six with runners in goal position. They bat .304 with a .877 on-base plus slugging percentage, 14 home runs and 35 doubles, and hit 70 runs during the winning streak, averaging seven per game.
“This is an incredibly talented group of guys and the way everyone goes about their business is very special,” said Gallo, who is trying to revive his career after a brutal 140-game stint in New York. “Everyone cares. Everyone wants to win and I don’t think we’ve ever dropped out of a game.
“I don’t see many outs in this lineup. It’s a lot of tough, tough guys to get out there, lots of guys that can do damage. So it’s a special group of guys, a special line-up and the pitching lights were off too.”
Trailing 4-2, the Dodgers reached the end of the fifth, a deficit that could have been bigger had Vesia, the left-hander, not escaped a base-laden two-out jam at the top of the fifth.
Mookie Betts put a one-out double in Twins starter Sonny Gray’s right midfield gap, and Trea Turner rolled an RBI single to the left to draw the Dodgers 4-3.
Turner stole second base. Freddie Freeman made his second appearance for the catcher, but Smith put down an RBI double down right center to set Turner up for a 4-4 tie.
Price finished the team at the top of the order in sixth with the help of shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Hanser Alberto replacing the injured Max Muncy in the fifth.
Turner made a sliding catch from Tim Beckham’s grounder on his left and threw to first out for the second, and Alberto did a backhand diver hold on Gary Sanchez’s grounder in foul territory and made the long throw first to end the inning.
Phillips hit two of three batters in a scoreless seventh, Martin hit one in a scoreless eighth and Kimbrel gave up a run on a wild pitch in the ninth.
Right-hander Ryan Pepiot, recalled from Oklahoma City with triple-A to start in place of the injured Clayton Kershaw, was staked 2-0 against Muncy’s solo homer to the right – his fourth in 11 games – and Cody Bellinger’s sacrificial fly in the second to center.
But Pepiot went to Sanchez to start the third, Luis Arraez singled left and Jorge Polanco hit a three-run homer to the right to lead the Twins 3-2. Sanchez pushed the lead to 4-2 with a leadoff homer to right center in the fifth.
Arraez left. Pepiot got Carlos Correa flying to right center and was replaced by Vesia, who threw 27 pitches to the next four batters but somehow managed to avoid further damage.
Polanco went to field two with an out. Max Kepler fouled third on a full-count pitch, and Jose Miranda loaded the bases with an infield single, a 98.1-mph one-hopper that hit Muncy’s right hand and third baseman down from the game threw the fifth. X-rays of Muncy’s hand were negative, Roberts said.
Pinch hitter Gilberto Celestino worked the count before flying to the middle to end the inning.
Another rehab start for May
Dustin May will make another minor league rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday before returning to the Dodgers rotation at home against the Miami Marlins the following weekend, Roberts said.
May, who was nearing the end of a grueling 15-month rehabilitation after Tommy John surgery, gave up one run and three hits in five innings, knocking out eight and walking one in his fourth Triple-A start Tuesday .
The right-hander threw 68 pitches, 45 for strikes, and all eight of his touches against Red Rock came on swinging strikes. His sinking two-seam fastball averaged 95.9 mph and his four-seam fastball averaged 97.8 mph. May also threw his curve, cut fastball, and changeup.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-08-10/dodgers-rally-past-twins-to-run-the-winning-streak-to-10 Dodgers rally past Twins to run the winning streak to 10