LOS ANGELES, July 5 (BNA): Josh Palacios hit a two-run tiebreaker in a three-run ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates mustered a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. The Associated Press (AP) reports that the slide is three games.
“Baseball always lights up the Fourth of July, and to come back that way with the boys and be able to finish it is a blessing,” Palacios said. “It just shows boys if you keep working hard, keep trusting your processes, keep grinding and stay flexible, good things happen.”
Dodgers reliever Evan Phillips battered Carlos Santana, then issued back-to-back walks to Jack Swinski and Nick Gonzalez. Suwinski scored on Phillips’ Jared Triolo single that tied it at 7.
“If a player says he feels good, you have to trust him and honestly we didn’t have anyone else,” Dodgers coach Dave Roberts said. “It was the place for him, he was ready to go and it just didn’t work out.”
Triolo struck out three times in his first four batters.
“You never know if it’s a 0-for-5 or a 5-for-5,” Gonzalez said. “When he comes to bat six, he’ll be ready.”
Palacios batted in for Rodolfo Castro and doubled into left field and scored Gonzalez and Triolo for a 9-7 lead.
The Pirates bounced back after Johnny DeLuca’s solo homer in the eighth gave the Dodgers a 7–6 lead.
David Bednar (3-0) had five points for the win after being added to the NL All-Star roster earlier in the day as an injury replacement.
The Pirates rallied three times to tie the game.
“It was some of the most intense we’ve had,” Swinsky said. “Lots of fighting there, good winning comebacks. Just shows we can do that, we can play in those kind of environments.”
James Ottman hit a pair of home runs, either way giving Los Angeles the lead, and Mookie Betts added his 23rd home run for the Dodgers. Jason Heyward went 2-for-3 and scored twice.
DeLuca fought for Heyward and drove wide to leave Ángel Perdomo in his first major league game. The 24-year-old from Thousand Oaks in Ventura County received a curtain call in front of 51,487 cheering fans.
The Pirates tied at 6 for sixth. Henry Davis singled off Gavin Stone, and David Peralta’s throw released catcher Will Smith’s glove as Austin Hedges slid first home. Runners’ pitching put them on second and third before Stone Santana walked to load the bases.
Suwinski took the third hit. Gonzalez relied on a fielder’s choice at shortstop and Santana struck out at second to end the inning.
Swinsky went wide for the Pirates as he drove off the fourth. His 442nd putout was the longest of the game and Hedges’ bases-loaded sacrifice fly tied it at 4.
The Dodgers rallied to take a 6–5 lead in the bottom of the inning on Ottman’s 407-foot shot that scored Heyward, who edged off starter Luis Ortiz.
Homer Ottman’s first homer in the second traveled 436 feet to right center and scored Heyman, who singled. Two strikes later, the Bates rallied to take a 4-1 lead.
Will Smith’s sacrifice was slaughtered on first Bates scoring and leaving the Dodgers trailing 2-1.
Dodgers rookie Emmet Sheehan had a shaky 37 pitch first. After loading the bases on three consecutive walks, González hit a double on left base, scoring on Davis and Santana to take a 2–0 lead.
The season is over
RHP Dustin May will have season-ending elbow surgery on July 18, the latest blow to a Dodgers rotation that has been hit hard by injuries.
The 25-year-old man’s right flexor tendon will be repaired. She was probably rehabilitating her pronation flexor strain after being injected with platelet-rich plasma and going on the 60-day injured list on May 23.
Mayo was 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 34 strikeouts in nine games this season. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2021.
“This sucks,” said Roberts. “The work he’s done after TJ and going through this again, it’s disappointing for all of us. Hopefully he’ll be back with us sometime next year, but I don’t know when.”
All stars nod
Bednar is headed to the All-Star Game as a replacement for injured Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
This will be the second consecutive All-Star appearance for Bednar, who has a 1.36 ERA and 16 saves. He will join teammate Mitch Keeler for the game in Seattle, where Pirates manager Derek Shelton will be part of the NL coaching staff.
Dodgers: Kershaw (left shoulder) will throw on Friday or Saturday. … RHP Noah Syndergaard (The Finger) will be casting a three-player simulation game Thursday. The task of rehabilitation in his future. “Things have to get better,” said Roberts. … INF-OF Chris Taylor (knee) in Arizona. … RHP Shelby Miller (Neck) is nowhere close to making a comeback after closing two weeks ago.
Pirates: RHP Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 4.74 ERA) has his fifth career start on Wednesday. He hasn’t had a backup when he’s been in the game in his last three matches.
Dodgers: RHP Bobby Miller (4-1, 4.23) faces the Pirates for the first time.
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