Dodgers Highlights: Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman Lead Offense In Doubleheader Sweep; Hanser Alberto Pitches Against Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers outscored the Arizona Diamondbacks, 19-9, and slugged five home runs en route to completing a doubleheader sweep at Dodger Stadium. L.A. extended their winning streak to four games in the process, and have come from behind in each of them.

They fell behind 3-0 in the third inning of the afternoon affair and started to cut into that deficit on Will Smith’s solo home run in the fourth. Mookie Betts then tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

Trea Turner put the Dodgers up 4-3 with another long ball and the inning was capped off when Justin Turner hit a two-run blast. The Dodgers’ four homers in the game matched a season high.

Betts later doubled and was quickly driven in by Freddie Freeman on an RBI single that proved to be the difference in the 7-6 win. Betts finished 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle.

Betts and Freeman were then heavily involved in the nightcap of the twin bill, with both reaching base in the bottom of the first inning and scoring on Trea Turner’s game-tying two-run single.

With one out in the second inning, Gavin Lux broke up the tie with a two-run double to left field.

Intentionally walking Freeman with two outs then backfired as Turner lined an RBI single off Jake Hager’s glove, and Edwin Ríos landed a knockout punch with a three-run home run.

The Dodgers then found success against Edwin Uceta in the sixth inning on Freeman’s two-run ground-rule double. A throwing error brought in the Dodgers’ third run of the inning. Freeman collected his third double of the game in the eighth, scoring Betts from first base.

Hanser Alberto pitches

With the Dodgers comfortably ahead and looking to take an inning off their bullpen’s ledge, Hanser Alberto was tasked with becoming their latest position player to pitch. He allowed a run but otherwise got through the ninth inning without much issue.

“It’s one of those things with a three-man bench, you just don’t have many options in a game like that. Trea’s calf has been barking a little bit, so I wanted to get him out of the game, so then you’re down to two guys that play every day,” manager Dave Roberts explained.

“So just trying to figure out how in this stretch you can save an arm. Had David (Price) up early because he hadn’t pitched in quite some time, but felt there’s still an opportunity to have him [Wednesday].

“I talked to Hanser on the bench and he said, ‘Hey, I can pitch.’ So at that point in time I just felt with a good lead, to potentially save an arm. He was very excited.”

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