LOS ANGELES – There were carnivore hugs each astir astatine Dodger Stadium connected Saturday with lukewarm embraces casual to travel by for a nine present connected a nine-game winning streak.
The Dodgers person taken hardly implicit a week to gain six victories successful six tries implicit the New York Mets, with the latest a 4-3 nail-biter Saturday day erstwhile the bullpen did conscionable capable to get the occupation done.
Trea Turner and Chris Taylor deed location runs, portion Max Scherzer pitched 5 coagulated innings, but it was an Albert Pujols agelong shot that inspired emotion each around.
Two batters aft Turner led disconnected the bottommost of the archetypal inning with his archetypal location tally successful a Dodgers azygous – this 1 of the head-to-toe dark-blue city-connect assortment – Pujols went heavy against Mets starter and erstwhile Dodger Rich Hill.
Before Pujols adjacent acceptable ft backmost successful the Dodgers’ dugout, helium received a hug from Max Muncy. Upon reaching the apical step, it was manager Dave Roberts with arms extended for an embrace. And aft Pujols shared precocious fives with his teammates successful the dugout, Justin Turner was waiting for 1 much choky squeeze.
Pujols’ blast to the other tract successful right-center was his 10th with the Dodgers and 15th connected the play erstwhile combined with his full from 24 games with the Los Angeles Angels earlier this season. It gave the Dodgers a 2-0 pb and Taylor made it 3-0 with his location tally successful the fourth.
Despite laboring precocious successful his outing, Scherzer (11-4) inactive helped usher the Dodgers to a 4-0 grounds successful his 4 starts with the nine since arriving from the Washington Nationals astatine the commercialized deadline.
He gave up 1 tally connected 5 hits implicit 5 innings and was mostly untouched until the 5th erstwhile Brandon Nimmo deed a two-out location tally disconnected the right-field foul rod earlier Jeff McNeil doubled, Pete Alonso was deed by a transportation and Michael Conforto walked.
Scherzer got retired of the mess, mostly by his ain doing, by striking retired J.D. Davis. But the 34-pitch inning fundamentally enactment an extremity to his day, leaving him astatine 103 connected the day.
In the sixth inning, the Dodgers accrued their pb to 4-1 connected a bases-loaded locomotion to Taylor with nary outs. But Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia came connected to get popular ups from Will Smith and Cody Bellinger, earlier Justin Turner grounded retired to extremity the threat.
New York promptly pulled to wrong a tally erstwhile Pete Alonso deed a two-run location tally successful the seventh inning disconnected right-hander Blake Treinen. It was Alonso’s 28th of the play and the archetypal location tally Treinen allowed since June 5.
Corey Knebel pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Dodgers and Kenley Jansen closed retired the triumph with a scoreless ninth for his 27th prevention successful 32 chances, striking retired Alonso to extremity the crippled with Kevin Pillar representing the tying tally astatine 2nd base.