Mookie Betts hit a homer in the ninth inning, Will Smith beat an RBI single in the tenth and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied 3-2 past the tumbling Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers won their ninth straight win at home, despite only scoring four goals. Reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger missed his second game in a row due to a lat injury.
After Arizona scored a run in the top of the 10th, Max Muncy started the bottom half as an automatic runner on the second base and didn't take much time to score. He moved up to third place after Chris Taylor's sacrifice and drove home when Junior threw Guerra (1-1) wide out of his pocket, which also allowed Taylor to move up to second place.
An out later, Smith put a single to the left for the third walk-off hit of his career.
The Dodgers had been held onto a hit by three Diamondbacks pitchers for 8 1/3 innings until Betts put Kevin Ginkel in the spotlight. Corey Seager followed with a brace from the left field wall, but was stranded.
Arizona took a 2-1 lead on the 10th when Daulton Varsho came home from Kenley Jansen (2-0) to Christian Walker on a base-laden walk. It was the first time the Diamondbacks had gone to extra innings this season.
Walker homered and Zac Gallen allowed just one hit in more than seven innings for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped four straights and 13 of their last 14.
The only hit Gallen allowed was in his first place when Betts put a single in the middle. After right-handed Smith went two outs in the second, he knocked out 16 Dodgers in a row until Joc Pederson took a walk to lead from the eighth.
Gallen, who scored seven goals and left two, has allowed three or less deserved runs in all 23 starts in his big league. It is also the eighth time in 10 games that Arizona's starters have given up two runs or fewer.
Walker returned to center left with a hit in the sixth inning from Caleb Ferguson. The first baseman beats 0.387 (12 for 31) with five home runs and nine RBis in his last 10 games at Dodger Stadium.
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Caleb Ferguson # 64 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to a solo home run by Christian Walker # 53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and takes a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)
Walker Buehler threw five scoreless innings on his first start since August 21. The right-handed man, who was on the list of injured due to a blister, allowed only two hits and hit six.
Arizona left fielder David Peralta made a nice slip to take a hit from Edwin Rios in the eighth inning.
Diamondbacks: P Madison Bumgarner (back) is expected to be struck off the injured list on Saturday and will face his former eleven-year-old team, the San Francisco Giants. The left-handed player signed a five-year $ 85 million deal with Arizona in the off-season.
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger took some punches in the batting cage before the game and could return to Thursday's series finale.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (1-5, 8.23 ERA) allowed six earned runs in four innings during an 11-2 loss to the Dodgers on August 1st.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 1.80 ERA) is three strikes out of 2,500 for his career away.