Mookie Betts puts on a show, survives a scare as streaking Dodgers beat Phillies

Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

PHILADELPHIA — There was a solo home run to left and two-run double to center. A rally-extending walk and game-saving outfield assist.

Even when Mookie Betts tumbled on Saturday night — literally crashing into the dirt while rounding second base in the fifth inning — the Dodgers rejoiced, breathing a sigh of relief after their star right fielder stayed in the game despite initially clutching his left arm in pain.

“That was scary,” manager Dave Roberts said.

The rest of Betts’ performance was anything but.

On a night the former MVP could do almost no wrong, the Dodgers overcame an early three-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4, securing their seventh straight victory in front of 32,068 at Citizens Bank Park.

Betts led the way at the plate, going three for four with a walk and three RBIs.


He produced a momentum swing on defense, throwing out a runner at home to keep the score tied in the seventh inning.

And he provided a constant spark to help the Dodgers, who trailed 4-1 after the fourth inning on a night in which they used nothing but bullpen pitchers, match their season-best winning streak and clinch a series win in Philadelphia.

“He’s just playing elite baseball right now,” Roberts said. “And we need every bit of it.”

There was a brief moment when it looked as if Betts’ big night would suffer a painful early end.


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