LOS ANGELES — — Dodgers outfielders Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry are greater than making up for the absences of MVPs Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.
Taylor hit a three-run homer and McKinstry made large performs together with his bat and arm Saturday evening in Los Angeles’ 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals.
With Betts sidelined by a sore again, Taylor batted leadoff and was in heart subject. McKinstry is seeing common time in proper with Bellinger on the injured listing because of a calf damage.
“Taylor holds his personal in the best way he performs the sport, however for Zack to choose us up was large. Each time he performs he impacts the sport one way or the other,” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned.
AJ Pollock additionally drove in three runs for the defending World Collection champions, off to a 7-2 begin that features wins in 4 of their final 5 video games. Julio Urías (2-0) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Juan Soto homered twice and Ryan Zimmerman obtained three hits for the Nationals, who stay with out 4 gamers because of coronavirus instances and quarantines. Zimmerman has a number of hits in three of Washington’s 5 video games
Taylor’s two-out drive to left subject off Patrick Corbin (0-1) was the important thing hit throughout a five-run second. Taylor’s first dwelling run of the season got here two batters after McKinstry’s single plated a pair of runs to provide the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
McKinstry made a giant defensive play to finish the highest of the primary when he threw out Zimmerman at third after a bloop RBI single by Starlin Castro.
“Day-after-day I am getting extra confidence and choosing up stuff. Whether or not it’s shifting in when pitchers are throwing batters inside or possibly taking a pair steps towards the infield,” McKinstry mentioned about enjoying proper subject.
Pollock got here up large within the seventh, clearing the bases with a two-out double to left. Andrew Stevenson tried to make a diving seize however missed, with the ball rolling to the wall earlier than it was retrieved by Castro.
Washington pulled to 6-3 within the sixth when Soto lined a drive into the bleachers in proper subject and Yan Gomes had an RBI single. The Nationals had the bases loaded with two outs however Jimmy Nelson struck out Stevenson.
Soto struck once more within the ninth with a two-run shot to proper for his eighth profession multi-homer sport.
Nationals catcher Yan Gomes and infielder Jordy Mercer each made their first begin after coming off the injured listing Friday. Gomes, a pinch-hitter in Friday’s 1-0 loss, had two hits and drove in a run. Mercer obtained three hits.
“It was good to get these guys within the lineup. Hopefully extra are coming quickly,” supervisor Dave Martinez mentioned. “Soto hit the ball and guys performed effectively.”
Corbin, reinstated from the injured listing Saturday after clearing COVID-19 protocols, retired the Dodgers so as within the first on 12 pitches however had management issues within the second. He walked the primary three batters within the inning earlier than Will Smith was compelled out at dwelling on Gavin Lux’s grounder to first. Then got here McKinstry’s single and Taylor’s homer.
The left-hander struck out 4 straight Dodgers within the fourth and fifth earlier than being chased when Corey Seager obtained aboard on a single and got here dwelling on Justin Turner’s double to provide the Dodgers a 6-1 lead. Corbin ended up permitting six runs on six hits and struck out 5.
“I believed it was good to get prolonged to 80 pitches. I did not have my finest stuff, however for the conditions and every little thing to take care of, I felt alright,” Corbin mentioned.
Urías, who allowed 9 hits and struck out three, retired 11 straight from the second to the sixth earlier than surrendering Soto’s solo shot. The left-hander is unbeaten in his final 19 regular-season and postseason video games (together with 14 begins), going 9-0 with a 2.68 ERA.
“It was not so good as my first begin. I did the perfect I might with the pitches I had,” Urías mentioned. “The protection stored making performs behind me and the offense carried us.”
The Dodgers honored late Corridor of Fame supervisor Tommy Lasorda earlier than the sport. The video tribute featured Lasorda singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Manner” throughout spring coaching in 2013 throughout a montage of highlights. Lasorda handed away on Jan. 7 at age 93 because of a coronary heart assault.
“For that video to have Tommy singing, it retains bringing him to life and permitting us to recollect the great occasions,” Roberts mentioned.
Nationals: RHP Will Harris (proper hand irritation) has progressed to lengthy tossing on the workforce’s alternate coaching website in Fredericksburg, Virginia. … RHP Kyle McGowin was moved to the taxi squad after Corbin was introduced off the injured listing. … INF Adrián Sanchez has been despatched to the alternate coaching website.
Dodgers: Betts did some batting and operating, however is more likely to stay out of the lineup till Tuesday. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (non-injury associated) threw 15 pitches in a simulated inning. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (proper shoulder irritation) will throw a bullpen Sunday.
The sequence finale encompasses a pair of three-time Cy Younger Award winners as Nationals righty Max Scherzer (0-0, 6.00 ERA) opposes Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 4.26).