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

First, they unhooked Mitch White for a loss.

Then they set the stage for a walkoff win.

Mookie Betts had the winning blow Wednesday when he hit a single on a high chopper behind the mound with bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium to bring.

But it was the bottom end of the Dodgers lineup that did the heavy lifting, leveling in the seventh inning before scoring the dramatic finish that ended the team’s three-game win over its division rivals.

“These guys were really, really good,” Betts said. “They just keep putting good bats together. They are the reason we are where we are now.”

Both times, Cody Bellinger started the threat from 7th in the batting order.

With the Dodgers 0-1 down at the bottom of seventh, he hit a two-out, two-strike single to the right, went for third with a Gavin Lux single in the next at-bat, then hit with one Bases-Loaded Wild Pitch – Slid safely over after Betts initially put the stop sign on a ball yards from the plate.

“[It was] kind of hard to read just because there’s a catcher in the way,” Bellinger told SportsNet LA after the game. “But I saw the ball hit the grass and I just decided to go. Opportunity seized.”

Manager Dave Roberts added, “That speaks to Cody’s talent — and instincts.”

Two innings later, Bellinger provided the spark again.

He topped ninth place with his third single of the game. He finished third again on a base hit by Lux – who went two for three with a walk – who rebounded through the infield.

Then, even though the Rockies fielded a five-man infield with loaded bases and no outs, Bellinger crossed without a throw on a slow, high chopper from Betts, whose walkoff infield single wasn’t set cleanly behind the hill by Rockies shortstop José Iglesias.

“I don’t think it was one of Mookie’s best bats,” Roberts joked after the game. “But we take the result.”

The win was the Dodgers’ 12th in their last 16 games. It extended their divisional lead to six games over the Padres. And it left them halfway through the season with a 52-29 record — two more wins than at the same point last season when they won a franchise-record 106 games.

“I think we’re finally playing good baseball all round,” Roberts said. “I think we did a great pitching job all year. … We really got into baseball. And I think our attack is finally working for each other.”

On Wednesday, her late performance saved White from an unlucky loss.

Dodgers pitcher Mitch White plays Kris Bryant of the Colorado Rockies.

Dodgers pitcher Mitch White plays Kris Bryant of the Colorado Rockies in the first inning Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

In a minute, White was on his way into history, finishing the first five innings without giving up a hit.

Next, he watched the Rockies (35-47) take the lead in a goalless game, losing his no-hit bid and flawless goal line in a disastrous game at the top of the sixth.

With Kris Bryant up first (courtesy of White’s fourth walk of the game) and an out in the inning, Brendan Rodgers threw a single to flat center for the Rockies’ first hit.

As Bellinger set the ball up in outfield, Bryant rounded for the second and chugged for the third. Bellinger tried to knock him out but his throw rebounded just short of teammate Justin Turner. The one-hopper caught Turner in the arm and then dodged White’s sweeping efforts to stop the distraction after positioning himself in front of the Dodgers’ dugout to assist the game.

The ball eventually rolled well into the camera. Bryant was awarded the home plate. And though White made a long career start of 5 ⅔ innings without giving up a deserved run – Bellinger was accused of a game error – he still left the mound in danger of being charged with a loss.

“It was a crazy little play,” White said.

Still, after the game, Roberts had nothing but praise for the third-year left-hander, who lowered his ERA to 3.38 while making his seventh start this season as a fill-in in the Dodgers rotation.

“What we challenged him this year wasn’t easy given the circumstances,” said Roberts. “But he handled it like a pro. … He was as valuable as any other player that has been here all year.”

And finally, the Dodgers got him off the hook.

The bullpen finished the Dodgers’ second one-hitter of the season with 3 ⅓ perfect innings, including a five-pitch ninth inning from Craig Kimbrel, who was closing.

The bottom of the Dodgers lineup delivered each of his last two trips to the plate.

And the team entered midseason on a celebratory note, grinding a ninth-inning rally for its second walkoff win of the year.

“I understand we only got two runs tonight,” said Roberts, “but the way they’re going about it is a lot better.”

Short jumps

– Roberts said it’s a “safe bet” Chris Taylor will be out until after the All-Star break with a fracture to his left foot, diagnosed Tuesday after a CT scan.

– Roberts said aider Blake Treinen is scheduled to throw down a hill for the second time on Thursday. It’s expected to be a 25 pitch session with fastballs and cutters at around 90% effort. There is no timetable for the next steps in Treinen’s recovery.

— Andrew Heaney was feeling fine after a bullpen session on Tuesday, according to Roberts, and is expected to throw another “in the next few days.”

– After Taylor was officially placed on the injured list on Wednesday, outfielder Zach McKinstry was called off the injured list after a stint in rehab. The Dodgers also activated assist Caleb Ferguson from the injured list on Wednesday and selected Ryan Pepiot one night after making a points start.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-07-06/dodgers-sweep-rockies-with-walk-off-win-push-lead-in-nl-west-to-six-games Dodgers sweep Rockies with walk-off win, push lead in NL West to six games

Emma Bowman

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