Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings of five-hit ball to stay unbeaten since 2019, and Mookie Betts homered and scored three runs because the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.
Down 5-0, Texas scored 3 times within the ninth inning and had the bases loaded with no outs earlier than the rally fizzled.
Zach McKinstry had a two-run double whereas going 3 for 3 with a stroll, and Gavin Lux added his personal RBI double within the fifth victory in six video games for the Dodgers (39-26), who pulled inside one recreation of NL-leading San Francisco (40-25) atop the division.
After Buehler (6-0) survived a tough first inning and made it by means of his second straight scoreless begin, the Dodgers’ bullpen struggled within the ninth.
The primary six Texas batters reached base, however Kenley Jansen received three straight outs to safe his fifteenth save and Los Angeles’ series-clinching win after the golf equipment traded 12-1 victories within the first two video games.
Dane Dunning (2-5) yielded 4 runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 powerful innings for the Rangers, who’ve misplaced 14 of 17.
Jason Martin and Isiah Kiner-Falefa drove in runs within the ninth off reliever Phil Bickford, permitting the Rangers to keep away from their eighth shutout lack of the season.
Jansen got here on and gave up an RBI single to Willie Calhoun on his first pitch earlier than Texas loaded the bases. The veteran nearer then received two popups earlier than Nick Solak grounded out to finish a nine-pitch at-bat.
One night time after Texas ended its franchise-record-tying 16-game highway dropping streak, the Rangers fell to an MLB-worst 8-25 in interleague play over the previous two seasons.
Buehler wasn’t dominant by his personal lofty requirements, however he lasted at the very least six innings for the thirteenth time in his 13 begins this season — a feat he additionally completed in his last two playoff begins final season. He hasn’t misplaced a choice since September 2019, going 10-0 in 28 appearances.
After throwing seven scoreless innings at Pittsburgh final Tuesday, Buehler threw 33 pitches within the first inning in opposition to Texas. He walked the bases loaded, and the Rangers stole two bases earlier than Buehler escaped with out permitting a run.
The Dodgers took the lead two batters later when Betts walked and Lux drove him in with a double to the left-center hole.
Betts sliced his seventh homer into the quick proper discipline porch within the third, and McKinstry drove in two extra runs with a two-out double later within the inning. The rookie additionally had two singles and a stroll, ending his 2-for-23 droop since coming back from his indirect muscle harm.
Matt Beaty drove in Betts with a single within the seventh.
The Rangers positioned veteran OF Khris Davis on unconditional launch waivers, 5 days after designating him for task. The previous Oakland slugger started the season on the injured checklist after which batted .157 in 61 plate appearances along with his new workforce.
Rangers: C Jose Trevino did not begin for the second straight recreation. He has a sore hip, supervisor Chris Woodward stated.
Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger missed his second straight recreation with left hamstring tightness. He was accessible to pinch-hit, however did not.
Rangers: After a break day, right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.13 ERA) appears to be like to proceed his stellar season in a sequence opener at Houston. Gibson is among the many AL leaders in ERA, opponents’ batting common (.196) and WHIP (1.00).
Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 5.40 ERA) hopes to rebound from a tough 2021 debut when LA opens a three-game sequence in opposition to Philadelphia at Dodger Stadium. Gonsolin received simply 5 outs in Pittsburgh final week after lacking the primary two months with a shoulder harm.
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