In terms of picture-perfect wins, the Dodgers’ performance on Tuesday was pretty close.
The team scored five runs in the second inning and scored five innings from the starting pitcher Michael Grove and hit the Baltimore Orioles He won 10-3 for the fourth time in five games after the All-Star break
The breakout in the second inning started in a hurry.
JD Martinez scored a leadoff walk. David Peralta followed with a single. Then Jason Heyward hammered a 2-0 fastball from Orioles starter Tyler Wells and hit his ninth home run of the season right down the middle for a 3-0 lead.
From there, the Dodgers made a few more runs, catching RBI singles from Freddie Freeman and Will Smith.
They then handed the lead to Grove, who had one of the better starts of his young career.
The right-hander gave up a run in the second through after a leadoff walk and Aaron Hicks’ double but blinded the Orioles the rest of the way, his first start with at least five innings and fewer than four runs since April 15.
The outing ended on a whimper when Grove was sent off after a leadoff double and a walk in the sixth inning.
However, Yency Almonte escaped the traffic jam.
And from there, when the Dodgers added four insurance runs in game seven and one more in game eight, the game wasn’t in doubt.