October 3, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a sacrificial fly-tying in the ninth inning, narrowly missing a grand slam, and Will Smith hit a game-winning single in the 10th to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Cubs 4- 3 Friday night for their eighth straight win over Chicago.

Los Angeles trailed 3-1 after six, but Jake Lamb homered in the seventh and Betts drove Zach McKinstry with his fly ball to the left field wall against David Robertson.

Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Rowan Wick (1-4) in the 10th before Smith’s left single led to Trea Turner.

“It was a grind,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team improved to 8-1 in a season-high 11-game home run. ” It was hard. It’s one of the ones we stole, I think.

Evan Phillips (3-3) had three outs for the win as the NL-leading Dodgers improved to 5-0 against the Cubs this season.

Los Angeles also moved to a better NL 28-13 at home this year.

Nico Hoerner scored Chicago and Ian Happ scored 3-0 with a two-run brace in the sixth. Keegan Thompson had an unearned run and two hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Hoerner’s line drive in the fifth came off the top of the left wall and into the seats for his fifth homer. The ball was just out of reach of Dodgers left fielder Gavin Lux.

The Dodgers scored their first run late in the sixth. Freeman doubled with two outs and scored when Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki dropped the fly ball from Smith.

“You’ll have to ask him,” Cubs manager David Ross said when asked about Suzuki’s mistake. “Players sometimes make mistakes. It’s a really hard game to play and sometimes things happen. I’m sure he would have liked to catch it.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Keegan Thompson (71) throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2022.

Suzuki declined to answer questions afterward. Following the play error, Ross replaced Thompson with right-hander Chris Martin.

“I think their guy (Thompson) threw really well,” Smith said. “We were missing his fastball, he did that today and knocked us off balance. But we didn’t give up, we stayed in the ball game and we did it.

The Dodgers’ ninth-inning tying rally against Robertson began with a first single from Justin Turner. Lamb walked, Cody Bellinger dug in to pick a defender and Gavin Lux walked to load the bases before Betts hit his sacrificial fly to the warning lane at left center.

“He kind of lost his sense of direction with his throws, falling behind on the count, not being able to get in the zone, that’s all,” Ross said of Robertson.

Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson allowed three runs and five no-walk hits and four strikeouts. It was only the fourth time in 14 starts that he had gone at least seven innings.

“It was a big win, and not too expensive for the bullpen,” Roberts said. “Tyler was able to get us that last round, that seventh round, it was huge. Another quality start for Tyler, and gave us a chance to use the good guys in the bullpen.

STARS IN HOLLYWOOD

Betts in right field and Turner at shortstop were named National League All-Star Game starters for the contest to be played July 19 at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time the Dodgers had multiple All-Star Game starters since 1980, which was the last time the game was played in Los Angeles.

In that 1980 season, the Dodgers had four stars: Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Reggie Smith.

“When you win consistently for eight, nine, 10 years, you get fans showing up and supporting the team and the players,” said Turner, who is in his first full season with the Dodgers. “I try to fit in, do my job as much as I can, but it’s rewarding when the fans support you.”

Cubs wide receiver Willson Contreras was also voted the NL starter.

TRAINERS ROOM

Cubs: 2B Nick Madrigal (groin) had the day off Friday after starting rehabilitation at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. … RHP Daniel Norris (finger) will pitch again Sunday at his rehab assignment at Iowa after pitching a scoreless inning Thursday. … 1B Frank Schwindel (back) went hitless in three at bats to begin his rehab mission at Iowa on Friday.

Dodgers: RHP Brusdar Graterol (side) will not be on the injured list after being pulled out of Thursday’s game against the Cubs, with manager Dave Roberts saying his pitcher is “in good shape.” … LHP Andrew Heaney had a bullpen session on Friday as he continues his comeback from his second fight with shoulder inflammation.

NEXT

Cubs: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-5, 5.32 ERA) will return from shoulder inflammation to make his first start in over a month.

Dodgers: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.57) will make his final home start before the All-Star break.

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