In the early innings, Toronto quieted the Dodgers offense. Starter Wilmer Font, a former Dodger, tossed two innings. Left-hander Buddy Boshers retired the four hitters he faced.
Right-hander Zack Godley wasn't summoned until there was one out in the fourth inning. Smith hit the first pitch, a high sinker, off the left-field foul pole.
In his first three years in the minors, the 2016 first-round pick hit 35 home runs. Between 62 triple-A games and 28 big league games this year, he has 32.
Buehler took over from there. After working around baserunners in each of the first three innings, Buehler retired 13 of the final 14 he faced. He struck out eight and found the strike zone on 64 of 91 pitches. He surrendered five hits and didn't walk anyone. After a flat five-inning outing in Miami last week, he returned to form in Dodger Stadium, where he has a 2.13 earned-run average and nearly twice as many strikeouts (102) as hits given up (58) this year.
"I thought Walker was really good," Roberts said. "He was in sync all night long, changing speeds. The fastball really had the carry, the command all night long."
But the confines of Chavez Ravine haven't been as friendly to Jansen. Half of his six blown-save chances, which are tied for second most in his career, have come at home. The Dodgers overcame again Wednesday and Roberts said Jansen would remain the team's closer.
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