Dodgers recover, beat Giants 9-6 on Betts’ 3-run HR in 8th

by | Jul 22, 2022 | Sports

LOS ANGELES — Mookie Betts broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Thursday night after blowing a five-run lead in the seventh.Freddie Freeman homered early and the NL West leaders won their fifth in a row, eighth straight at home and 12th in 13 tries overall, with the All-Star Game logos on the field nearly obliterated two nights after the Dodgers hosted the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980.“We got the win and that’s the most important thing,” Betts said. “That’s why it’s a team game. You’ve got to pick each other up and we did that tonight.”Betts also made a spectacular diving catch on Joc Pederson’s liner in the right-field corner for the final out.“My initial read, I knew I was going to catch that one,” Betts said. “I don’t get too excited about those. That’s my job, that’s what I’m supposed to do.”San Francisco tied it on a grand slam by Darin Ruf in the seventh, then went ahead 6-5 in the eighth. Trayce Thompson’s RBI triple off Dominic Leone (3-2) tied it 6-all with two outs in the bottom half.“Thompson’s love triples,” tweeted Golden State Warriors 3-point ace Klay Thompson, older brother of Trayce. Cody Bellinger drew a walk from left-hander Jarlin Garcia to set up Betts, whose 406-foot s …

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