Second likelihood: Betts performs 2B, homers in return


PHOENIX — Mookie Betts regarded proper again at dwelling taking part in his unique place on Sunday.

Betts hit a homer in his first sport again from the injured record and made a stellar defensive play at second base to assist the Los Angeles Dodgers ease previous the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-0 to win two of three within the sequence.

“It was numerous enjoyable going again to my roots,” stated Betts, who often performs within the outfield. “It was good easing myself again into play.”

With a sore left hip, supervisor Dave Roberts and Betts thought it smart to let him play second — the place he performed when he got here up with Boston in 2014 — to cut back the pressure.

His hip did not appear to be an issue. Within the first inning, he took a success away from Arizona’s Drew Ellis. Enjoying on the shortstop facet of the bag within the shift, Betts went again for a popup like a large receiver hauling in a move over his shoulder.

“That catch modified the panorama of the sport,” Roberts stated.

The Dodgers then scored 5 runs within the second, chasing Caleb Smith after Albert Pujols’ bases-clearing double capped the scoring within the inning.

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Betts later turned a double play when taking part in behind second, working to the bottom and firing to first to finish it. He is prone to return to proper area on Tuesday when the Dodgers host their 2017 World Collection nemesis, the Houston Astros.

All instructed, Betts, who performed one sport at second final season for the Dodgers, had two putouts and three assists within the victory.

Trea Turner, acquired from Washington final week, is anticipated to play second and Max Scherzer is scheduled to begin Wednesday within the second of the two-game set. Scherzer joined the crew in Arizona on Saturday.

“It should be a enjoyable homestand,” Roberts stated.

The Dodgers additionally play the crosstown rival Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium later this week.

Justin Turner hit his twentieth homer with a three-run shot within the seventh and Betts linked off catcher Bryan Holaday, pitching the ninth, for his fifteenth. Betts was 2 for five with a stroll and two runs scored.

One run would have been sufficient for the Dodgers. Julio Urias (13-3) pitched 5 scoreless innings and three relievers gave up no hits over the past 4, capping the four-hit shutout.

A.J. Pollock peppered his former crew with 4 hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 video games.

“He is carrying us proper now,” Roberts stated of the outfielder, who’s batting .526 in opposition to Arizona this season over 9 video games.

Smith (3-8) struggled to seek out the strike zone for the Diamondbacks, strolling 5 in 1 2/3 innings and throwing 70 pitches. The final pitch was Pujols’ three-run double on a full rely. He walked Chris Taylor with the bases loaded to pressure within the first run.

“I hate strolling guys. I am not going to have the ability to sleep tonight,” Smith stated. “Walks have killed me. I’ve gotta determine it out.”

Supervisor Torey Lovullo caught together with his starter as a result of he obtained two outs after loading the bases earlier than strolling Taylor, giving up an infield hit to Turner and eventually Pujols’ massive hit.

“You need to give your beginning pitcher an opportunity to work by way of these early-inning issues,” Lovullo stated. “We wanted Caleb to provide us 4 or 5 innings. We have been making an attempt to get him by way of.”

Urias completed at 83 pitches, strolling none and putting out seven whereas limiting Arizona to 4 singles.

To make room for Betts, the Dodgers optioned utility man Zach McKinstry to Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis. Los Angeles additionally chosen the contract of RHP Yefry Ramirez from Oklahoma Metropolis and despatched RHP Mitch White, Saturday night time’s starter, again to the Triple-A crew.

The Related Press contribute to this report.

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