There is nothing more patriotic than a Dodgers win on Independence Day. The Dodgers made all Americans proud on Monday night with a 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles to celebrate the fourth of July in grand fashion. The win gives the Dodgers ten consecutive victories at home. The Dodgers had to overcome a crappy outing from Julio Urias who lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits. Opposing starter Yovani Gallardo certainly wasn’t dominating either. The Dodgers knocked him out of the box in the fourth frame. Neither pitcher was involved in the decision. The Dodger’s offense and relief pitching led the way in tonight’s match.
The Dodger’s offense came through with flying colors. The Dodgers had to come from behind multiple times throughout the interleague affair. Once from a 3-2 defeat, and another time from a 5-2 deficit, with them finally breaking through in the sixth inning. Corey Seager’s seventh inning triple and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly brought home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh which broke a 5-5 tie. Chase Utley went 3 for 4 with two runs driven in, and Seager, and Yasiel Puig both had two hits with Puig scoring twice.
Orioles 5 8 0
Dodgers 7 9 0
Puig and Grandal both smashed home runs as the Dodgers went 3 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Let’s not forget the Dodger bullpen because they tossed 5.2 innings of shutout ball. The Dodgers (48-37) are now a season high 11 games over .500 as they padded their National League wild card lead.
All of the fireworks didn’t start until the second inning as the Orioles scored three runs to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Mark Trumbo singled to left and Chris Davis walked. Catcher Matt Wieters lined out to Puig in right, but Puig threw into third. He had no chance of getting Trumbo and the throw allowed Davis to advance to second base. That was costly because J.J. Hardy doubled over Puig’s head to score both runners. After Joey Rickards flies out, Urias walked opposing starter Yovani Gallardo, and Adam Jones added an RBI single to put the birds up 3-0.
The Dodgers responded by hitting two solo home runs in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-2. Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal went back-to-back to provide some fireworks for the boys in blue. The action continued in the fourth frame.
Both clubs scored twice in this inning. The Orioles chased Urias from the game as Wieters singled, and Hardy doubled him to third. Rickards’ two-run single into left plated Wieters and Hardy to give the Orioles a 5-2 lead. Luis Coleman had to come in and retire the next two hitters to get the Dodgers out of the threat. The Dodgers would not go down gently into this good night though. In the bottom half of the frame Puig singles to left. After Grandal and Will Venable both whiff, pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke works a walk to extend the inning. Utley then singles into right to bring home Puig and make the score 5-3. Seager’s single to left scored Van Slyke and the Dodgers were down by one again 5-4.
The Dodgers would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth off of Spanish right hander Odrisamer Despaigne. Grandal would walk. After Venable’s force out, a balk from Despaigne advances Venable to second. One out later Utley singles up the middle to drive home Venable and the Dodgers tie the score at 5-5! The Dodgers would take the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Despaigne remained in the game. Corey Seager would lead off with a triple into the right field corner and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly would immediately score him to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead! The Dodgers would add one more run on a Chris Taylor walk and an RBI double from Howie Kendrick.
The Orioles never really were heard from again after that fourth inning. The Dodgers bullpen has been fantastic. Coleman, Pedro Baez, Joe Blanton, Adam Liberatore, and Kenley Jansen held the Orioles to just two hits and no walks the rest of the game. Jansen recorded his 25th save of the season as the Dodgers held on for the 7-5 win.
The Dodgers look to stay red hot as their series with Baltimore continues on Tuesday night. Right hander Chris Tillman will battle Kenta Maeda at 7:10 PM. Oh and Hyun-jin Ryu is making his return on Thursday against the Padres. Things are certainly looking up.
Go red white and blue! Especially blue!