Los Angeles Times

Betts provides all of the star power

His three-run blast in eighth is the difference in a 9-6 comeback win after team blows 5-0 lead to the Giants.

- By Jack Harris

Mookie Betts saved the day. But the Dodgers bullpen made it a lot harder than it needed to be.

After his team led by five runs early, then blew it by giving up a combined six in the seventh and eighth innings, Betts came to the plate with the score tied in the bottom of the eighth. There were two runners on and two outs.

It was the night’s critical moment and the former MVP delivered.

Betts hit a three-run home run to left field, putting the Dodgers back in front in a9-6 win over the San Francisco

Giants. The moment the ball left his bat, an MLB season-high crowd of 53,165 at Dodger Stadium jumped to its feet. Long before the no-doubter landed in the left-field pavilion, they all knew it was gone.

A few moments earlier, though, they all thought the game was over.

After an early barrage from the Dodgers lineup — including a solo home run from Freddie Freeman in the first, an RBI double from Trayce Thompson in the second and a threerun rally aided by a missed fly ball by Giants outfielder Luis González in the third — the Dodgers lead 5-0.

Their starting pitcher, Mitch White, pitched five-plus scoreless innings in which he didn’t give up his first hit until the first batter in the sixth when he was pulled.

But the bullpen — a group that has sustained injury after injury, and tenuously navigated the season with unproven middle relievers and a unreliable veteran closer — couldn’t hold the lead.

In the top of the seventh, righthande­d reliever Phil Bickford gave up a solo home run to Evan Longoria, then yielded a walk and a single before recording an out. He was replaced by left-hander Alex Vesia, who hit a batter to load the bases, then

 ?? Ronald Martinez Getty Images ?? NOT ONLY did Mookie Betts hit the winning three-run homer in the eighth inning after the Dodgers blew a 5-0 lead to the Giants, he also came up with a terrific sliding catch in right field to end the game.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images NOT ONLY did Mookie Betts hit the winning three-run homer in the eighth inning after the Dodgers blew a 5-0 lead to the Giants, he also came up with a terrific sliding catch in right field to end the game.
 ?? ?? MITCH WHITE took a nohitter into the sixth before giving up a single and being pulled.
MITCH WHITE took a nohitter into the sixth before giving up a single and being pulled.

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