Betts hits 2, Dodgers score 5 in 10th, beat Marlins 10-6

MIAMI — Mookie Betts homered twice and hit a double in the Dodgers’ 10th inning to lead Los Angeles past the Miami Marlins 10-6 on Friday night.

Freddie Freeman, Justin Turner and Trea Turner each had two hits and an RBI for the NL-West-leading Dodgers, who are 27-7 since the All-Star break.

pinch runner Chris Taylor advanced on Cody Bellinger’s infield single in the 10th. Betts then hit a one-out drive against Marlins shortstop Andrew Nardi (0-1) that bounced off the warning track in left.

Trea Turner followed with an RBI single, Freeman hit a run-scoring double and Max Muncy capped the five-run outburst with a two-RBI double.

The Dodgers overcame three errors.

“He was resilient, we didn’t play good defense tonight,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We gave them extra outs, but we ended up winning a ball game.”

Marlins rookie Peyton Burdick homered off David Price (2-0) to lead off the ninth and tie the game at 5-all.

Betts’ second blast, a game-tying solo shot off Miami reliever Tanner Scott in the ninth, made it 4-4. It was Betts’ third multi-man game of the season and the 23rd of his career.

“It was pretty cool I guess,” Betts said of his milestone. “I have time to play, so we’ll see what else I can do.”

The Marlins took a 4-3 lead on Joey Wendle’s infield single with the bases loaded in the seventh. Miguel Rojas’ bases loaded run-scoring single tied the game before Wendle reached on a short dribble near the first base foul line that scored JJ Bleday from third.

Betts hit a two-run shot in the first half that gave Los Angeles a 3-2 advantage. He drove reliever Dylan Floro’s 2-2 pitch over the wall to left for his 28th homer.

“That’s why he’s one of the best players in the game,” Roberts said of Betts. “It’s fun to watch. What a great performance.”

Betts, who also singled in the first, didn’t want to accept the description of Los Angeles’ save in the opener of the four-game series against Miami.

“I just want to win, it doesn’t matter where we are in the standings,” Betts said. “Every day I show up and I want to win. So I’m doing everything I can to help the team.”

Wendle’s bases-loaded RBI double in the sixth put the Marlins ahead 2-1 and chased Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson. The left-hander gave up two runs, three hits, walked two and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings.

“The 10th (inning) is what it is, but it was pretty good to see the game, to come from behind three times,” Wendle said. “Really good to see just a little resilience.”

The Dodgers stranded six runners in the first five innings before Taylor’s sacrifice fly in the sixth broke a scoreless tie.

Tommy Nance started and threw two scoreless innings for Miami. He walked two and hit one.

BLOWN SAVE

Scott, who missed his sixth save, allowed a one-out single to Freeman before walking Will Smith and Muncy. Cole Sulser relieved Scott and delivered Justin Turner’s single to center.

“With Tanner, it’s always the same, it seems,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s walking the tightrope. It’s always on edge. Today, he just didn’t make it.”

MARLINS CUT TIES WITH AGUILAR

Miami designated veteran first baseman Jesus Aguilar for assignment. Aguilar’s playing time has decreased drastically over the last four weeks. Aguilar, a 2018 NL All-Star while with Milwaukee, joined the Marlins in 2020 and helped lead the club to its first postseason appearance since winning the World Series in 2003. The Venezuela native had 15 championships home runs and 49 RBIs.

COACHES’ ROOM

Dodgers: INF-OF Gavin Lux (neck problem) hit from the bullpen Friday and could start Saturday. … RHP Yency Almonte (right elbow soreness) played catch before the game but there is no timetable for his return.

Marlins: OF Avisail Garcia (left hamstring strain) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Jacksonville. … LHP Daniel Castano (left shoulder discomfort) will have an MRI on Saturday.

NEXT

RHP Dustin May (1-0, 0.00) will start Game 2 of the series for the Dodgers on Saturday while the Marlins will go with RHP Sandy Alcantara (11-6, 2.19).

Betts hits 2 HR, Dodgers score 5 in 10th, beat Marlins 10-6 originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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