Dodgers top Roy­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

All-Star rookie Cody Bellinger drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the win­ning run in the 10th in­ning and the NL West-lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers ral­lied to beat the Kansas City Roy­als 5-4 on Satur­day night for their fifth straight vic­tory. The Dodgers (60-29) reached the 60-win mark be­fore the All-Star break for the first time since 1974.

LOS AN­GE­LES — All-Star rookie Cody Bellinger drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the win­ning run in the 10th in­ning and the NL West-lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers ral­lied to beat the Kansas City Roy­als 5-4 on Satur­day night for their fifth straight vic­tory.

The Dodgers (60-29) reached the 60-win mark be­fore the Al­lS­tar break for the first time since 1974. They are just the third team in franchise his­tory to do so since 1933, join­ing the 1973 and ‘74 squads that had 63 wins each.

Roy­als re­liever Scott Alexan­der (1-3) loaded the bases on con­sec­u­tive walks to Chase Ut­ley, Corey Sea­ger and Justin Turner lead­ing off the in­ning. He was re­placed by Kelvin Her­rera.

With the in­field drawn in, fans chanted “Cody! Cody!” as Bellinger worked a full count be­fore walk­ing to force in Ut­ley.

Joc Ped­er­son hit a two-run homer in the second for the Dodgers, who blew a 3-0 lead be­fore ty­ing the game 4-all on Bellinger’s 25th homer in the eighth.

Ross Stripling (1-3) got the win with one strike­out on 14 pitches in the 10th.

Sal­vador Perez hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the eighth off Pe­dro Baez, giv­ing Kansas City a 4-3 lead.

In the fifth, Whit Mer­ri­field of the Roy­als dou­bled with two outs. He took second on Bran­don McCarthy’s wild pitch and scored on a passed ball by Yas­mani Gran­dal, who left in the top of the sev­enth be­cause of a left hand con­tu­sion.

Dodgers starter McCarthy al­lowed two runs — one earned — and six hits, struck out one and walked two in his first start since June 25. He was re­in­stated from the DL ear­lier in the day af­ter be­ing side­lined with right knee ten­dini­tis.

Roy­als starter Ian Kennedy gave up three runs and seven hits in six in­nings, struck out seven and walked one.

The Roy­als closed to 3-2 with runs in the fourth and fifth in­nings. Perez’s RBI sin­gle capped a stretch in the fourth when McCarthy al­lowed three con­sec­u­tive sin­gles and a walk.

Roy­als cen­ter fielder Lorenzo Cain was ejected in the sev­enth for ar­gu­ing a called third strike with the bases loaded and the game tied 3-all.

YANKEES 5, BREW­ERS 3 Clint Fra­zier helped the Yankees solve Mil­wau­kee’s Brent Suter af­ter the left-han­der baf­fled New York. Fra­zier pulled a three-run home run off Corey Knebel with one out in the ninth in­ning, lift­ing the Yankees over the Brew­ers for a walk-off bash in the Bronx.

AP/MARK J. TERRILL

Los An­ge­les’ Cody Bellinger (left) runs to first as Chase Ut­ley (cen­ter) heads in to score af­ter Kansas City’s Kelvin Her­rera (right) walked in the win­ning run in the 10th in­ning Satur­day in Los An­ge­les.

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