The Los Angeles Dodgers received home runs from Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Joey Gallo to extend their winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory that completed a season sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
While Muncy provided the Dodgers with their initial lead, and Taylor put them back ahead, it was Gallo’s pinch-hit, opposite-field three-run homer in the seventh inning.
“It felt pretty good,” Gallo said of hitting his first home run with the Dodgers. “The fans have been great since the first day I got here. They’re excited for me to be here, so that makes you feel good. It’s an exciting team to be a part of.”
Gallo has collected four hits in his first 15 at-bats with the Dodgers, including a double in Tuesday’s matchup against the Twins. “It unlocked an extra-base hit for me,” Gallo said when asked if the double helped his swing.
“That was nice. I think it’s just the work that we’ve been doing with the hitting coaches. Since the first day I got here, they said it’s not about the immediate results. It’s about the process and getting back to the player I know that I can be.
“It’s been great, it’s been relaxing. They’re really smart and I’m excited to keep working with them.”
After a disastrous stint with the New York Yankees, Gallo appears to be benefitting from a change of scenery. “I don’t think it was badly needed, but I think it was good for both sides,” he began.
“Just because it was the best opportunity for me, and for them, they got a great All-Star outfielder to play in my place. I don’t have any hard feelings about that. I didn’t do my job.
“But it’s always nice to have a fresh start. It’s like a new relationship, you know? It’s nice. Like I said, good weather, good guys, can’t complain.”
Dodgers undefeated since Gallo trade
Since acquiring Gallo at the MLB trade deadline on Aug. 2, the Dodgers have gone a perfect 8-0. “It’s exciting. Haven’t lost a game yet. It was close for a minute there,” he said of the club’s undefeated record.
“Like I said, I thought we were winning a lot in New York, and we’re winning a lot here. Especially lately. It’s always great to win games.”
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