Buehler and Betts propel Dodgers to defeat Rangers – –

Buehler and Betts propel Dodgers to defeat Rangers – –

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Walker Buehler pitched six scoreless innings with five hits to go undefeated since 2019, and Mookie Betts scored three runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers fought off the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.

Down 5-0, Texas scored three times in the ninth inning and had goals loaded with no strikeouts before the rally fizzled out.

Zach McKinstry netted a two-run brace while going 3 for 3 with a walk, and Gavin Lux added his own RBI brace in the fifth win in six games for the Dodgers (39-26), who were close to a game with league leader San Francisco (40-25) at the top of the division.

After Buehler (6-0) survived a tough first set and got his second straight scoreless start, the Dodgers box struggled in the ninth.

Texas’ first six hitters hit baseline, but Kenley Jansen got three straight strikeouts to secure his 15th save and the decisive win for Los Angeles after the clubs traded 12-1 wins in the first two games.

Dane Dunning (2-5) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in four difficult innings for the Rangers, who lost 14 of 17.

Jason Martin and Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored points in ninth reliever Phil Bickford, allowing the Rangers to avoid their eighth shutout of the season.

Jansen came on and ceded an RBI single to Willie Calhoun on his first pitch before Texas charged up the goals. The closer veteran then got two popups before Nick Solak took to the ground to end a game of nine shots at bat.

One night after Texas ended their franchise-record 16-game road losing streak, the Rangers fell to 8-25, MLB’s worst, in an interleave game in the past two seasons.

Buehler wasn’t dominant by his own high standards, but he went on at least six innings for the 13th time in 13 starts this season – a feat he also accomplished in his last two playoff starts last season. . He hasn’t lost a decision since September 2019, going 10-0 in 28 appearances.

After pitching seven scoreless innings in Pittsburgh last Tuesday, Buehler pitched 33 shots in the first inning against Texas. He went through the loaded bases and the Rangers stole two bases before Buehler escaped without allowing a run.

The Dodgers took the lead two hitters later when Betts stepped in and Lux ​​pushed him with a double in the center-left spread.

Betts sliced ​​his seventh homer in the short porch from right field to third, and McKinstry had two more runs with a two-out double later in the inning. The rookie also had two singles and a walk, ending his 2-for-23 collapse since returning from his oblique muscle injury.

Matt Beaty led Betts with a single in the seventh.


The Rangers have placed veteran Khris Davis on absolute parole exemption, five days after nominating him for an assignment. The former Oakland slugger started the season on the injured list, then beat 0.157 in 61 home plate appearances with his new team.


Rangers: C Jose Trevino did not start for the second game in a row. His hip hurts, manager Chris Woodward said.

Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger missed his second straight game with left hamstring strain. He was available for pinching, but didn’t.


Rangers: After a day off, right-hander Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.13 ERA) is looking to continue his brilliant season in a series opener in Houston. Gibson is among the AL leaders in ERA, opponents batting average (0.196) and WHIP (1.00).

Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 5.40 ERA) hopes to bounce back from a tough start in 2021 when LA opens a three-game series against Philadelphia at Dodger Stadium. Gonsolin got just five strikeouts in Pittsburgh last week after missing the first two months with a shoulder injury.


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