The Los Angeles Dodgers were trudging toward another loss and .500 record, but mounted a rally in the late innings and completed the comeback behind Gavin Lux hitting his first home run of the season in a 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Walker Buehler finished with eight strikeouts over seven innings but exited in line for a loss because of surrendering three home runs. Two of those were hit by Mitch Haniger, who had his first multi-homer game since 2018.
Sandwiched in between Haniger’s home runs was a two-run shot by Kyle Seager in the fourth inning that extended the Mariners’ lead to 3-0.
L.A. began cutting into their deficit in the bottom of the fourth when Max Muncy slugged his third home run in the past week. Though, the solo shot was Muncy’s first since hitting a homer in back-to-back games against the Chicago Cubs from May 4-5.
Corey Seager’s two-run single in the seventh inning pulled the Dodgers to within 4-3 before the Mariners bullpen could get out of the jam. Rafael Montero was left in the game for the eighth inning and nearly retired the side in order.
Chris Taylor sparked the rally with a two-out single — his third hit of the game — and Montero then hit Matt Beaty with a pitch to set the table for Lux. He jumped on a 1-0 fastball for a game-winning home run that came with quite the display of emotion.
“I think I saw Joc (Pederson) do it last week, so I was kind of copying him,” Lux joked. “No, I’m kidding.”
Dodgers bullpen shines
What has been a weak point since the rash of injuries, the Dodgers’ bullpen backed Buehler with a strong showing. Garrett Cleavinger struck out a pair in a clean eighth inning and Kenley Jansen retired the Mariners in order to convert his sixth save of the season.
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