Seager’s double brings home Puig with game-winner in Dodgers’ win

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Corey Seager’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in the winning run as the Dodgers earned a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.Seager’s game-winner reclaimed a victory the Dodgers seem to have in their pocket for the first six innings.Left-hander Alex Wood returned from a two-week stay on the DL and held the Reds to one run through five innings, taking a 4-1 lead into the sixth.Before Wood, the Dodgers’ revolving door approach to managing their starting rotation had sent four starting pitchers to the DL for reasons of varying concern — Kenta Maeda, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill (twice). In their first games back from those furloughs, the group had combined for a 6.75 ERA and 2.12 WHIP, averaging fewer than five innings in those starts. The Dodgers lost four of the five games. Chase Utley added an RBI double in the fifth (one of his three hits in the game).Things got complicated in the top of the sixth, however. Wood hit Zack Cozart with a pitch. Chris Taylor made a running catch at the wall in left-center, robbing Joey Votto of an extra-base hit, but Eugenio Suarez followed with a single. That brought the tying run to the plate and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts left Wood in to face the left-handed Scott Schebler (tied for the National League home run lead when the day started with 17).Wood struck him out on his 87th pitch of the game and Roberts decided that was enough. He went to right-handed reliever Josh Fields to face the right-handed Devin Mesoraco.Fields gave up just one home run in his first 22 appearances this season but he has given up three in the past week — two back-to-back last Saturday in Milwaukee and one to Mesoraco. His three-run liner over the left-field wall tied the game.The winning rally started with back-to-back singles by Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner with one out in the ninth. After pinch-hitter Franklin Gutierrez struck out, Seager sliced a line drive down the left-field line that kept curving away from Gennett. His desperate dive came up short and the ball fell in for the deciding hit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Wood bucked that trend. He took a 25 1/3-inning scoreless streak and an inflamed sternoclavicular joint to the DL with him. He wasn’t quite that good in his return — but he wasn’t far off.Wood retired the first six batters he faced, striking out three of them. His scoreless innings streak ended at 27 1/3, however.Scooter Gennett led off the third with a double and scored when Jose Peraza bounced an RBI single through the middle.But Wood cruised into the fifth inning with that 4-1 lead. The Dodgers scored three times in the first on an RBI double by Corey Seager, a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez and a home run by Cody Bellinger.It was the rookie’s 13th home run in 43 games, making him the family leader — his father, Clay, hit 12 home runs in his 183-game big-league career. It was also a welcome sight for Bellinger, who was just 7 for his past 47 (.149) with 22 strikeouts before the home run.last_img

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