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Dodgers Relinquish 5-Run Lead Only to Recover and Beat Rival Giants 9-6 – NBC Los Angeles

Mookie Betts broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Thursday night after blowing a five-run lead in the seventh.

The streaking NL West leaders won their fifth in a row and 12th in 13 tries, with the All-Star Game logos on the field nearly obliterated two nights after the Dodgers hosted the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980.

Betts also made a spectacular diving catch on Joc Pederson’s liner in the right-field corner for the final out.

San Francisco tied it on a grand slam by Darin Ruf in the seventh, then went ahead 6-5 in the eighth.

Trayce Thompson’s RBI triple off Dominic Leone (3-2) tied it 6-all with two outs in the bottom half. Cody Bellinger drew a walk from left-hander Jarlin Garcia to set up Betts, whose 406-foot shot landed in the left-field pavilion, triggering a raucous reaction from what was left of the sellout crowd of 53,165.

Evan Phillips (4-3) worked one inning for the win, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 16th save.

The Giants tied it at 5 with a five-run seventh when the Dodgers’ bullpen crumbled.

Phil Bickford gave up a solo homer to Evan Longoria. Facing a 2-2 count with two outs, Ruf blasted a grand slam to left-center off Alex Vesia to even the score.

Phillips came on in the eighth and promptly walked Wilmer Flores before Pederson doubled to deep left. After Longoria grounded out, Luis González was intentionally walked to load the bases. Phillips walked Thairo Estrada, forcing in Flores for a 6-5 lead.

Austin Slater grounded into a fielder’s choice to third and Max Muncy threw out Pederson at the plate for the second out. Pinch-hitter Joey Bart struck out to end the inning.

Freddie Freeman homered for his NL-leading 115th hit in the first.

Mitch White took a no-hit bid into the sixth as the Dodgers were cruising with a 5-0 lead.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Mitch White (66) throws a pitch during the MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21, 2022 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

White didn’t allow a baserunner until consecutive two-out walks to Austin Wynns and LaMonte Wade Jr. in the third. The right-hander got his only strikeout in the fifth, when González went down swinging leading off.

Caleb Ferguson followed with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Giants starter Carlos Rodón gave up five runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked two.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: INF Tommy La Stella (COVID-19 IL) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. He’s expected to get time at second base, designated hitter and third base. … LHP José Álvarez (left elbow) remains in San Francisco for rehab. … C Curt Casali (oblique strain) started hitting to go with the running he’s already doing. … RHP Mauricio Llovera (right flexor strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL. … RHP Zack Littell (left oblique strain) threw a bullpen in Arizona. … SS Brandon Crawford (right knee inflammation) began light baseball activity.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner left the game with abdominal tightness. … Manager Dave Roberts said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that RHP Walker Buehler (right flexor tendon strain) will return in September. … RHP Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) will pitch three innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Roberts expects him back by mid-August. … LHP Andrew Heaney (left shoulder) will make a start in Arizona. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder) is pain-free and should return soon. … OF Chris Taylor (left foot) is swinging a bat and throwing, but not able to run yet.

BELLI BOBBLEHEAD

Bellinger’s father, Clay, a three-time World Series champion with the Yankees, handled first pitch duties while holding his 7-month-old granddaughter in his left arm. Clay bounced the pitch in the dirt but his son deftly handled it while Caiden appeared nonplussed.

MLB: JUL 21 Giants at Dodgers

Singer Billie Eilish looks on before the MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21, 2022 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

BILLIE EILISH

Singer/songwriter and Academy Award winner Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS were in attendance for the game and even danced between innings on the Dodgers’ “Dance Cam.”

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Logan Webb (9-3, 2.83 ERA) struck out five over six-plus innings against Milwaukee in his previous start before the All-Star break.

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (10-1, 2.96) makes his first start with the Dodgers against the rival Giants. He’s 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in eight career starts against them.

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