Max Muncy, Joey Gallo find their swings in Dodgers win over Giants

Dodgers’ Max Muncie gestures as he heads to third after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

As Joey Gallo was on third, calmly blowing a pink bubble, his Dodgers teammates hit their heads in the dugout.

It was a season-long tradition that came from a scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Dustin May on his birthday hit the red hair with his right hand. Hanser Alberto took a two-handed approach, doing a little jig with his hips in the process. A normal celebration.

But the last time the Dodgers faced left-hander Jarlin Garcia of the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 4, he mimicked the head gesture. Twice, in fact — once after a Cody Bellinger hit, once after he punched out James Oatman, who he followed by tagging Mookie Betts in the on-deck circle.

On Tuesday night, two hitters shook off rough spells to power the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the Giants, plating Garcia for five early runs in a bullpen game for San Francisco. This time, there would be no banging and pointing. Just a wince and a blank stare towards the stands.

“All good, we have to celebrate,” Alberto said of his dance, “especially seeing Gallo do good things.”

Gallo and Max Muncy have, for the most part, had incredibly different careers. Gallo, the former top prospect who was traded from Texas and washed up with the Yankees. Muncy, the diamond in the rough and the Dodgers mainstay.

But their seasons, down to the general vertical lines, could practically be mirrors. Gallo slumped for most of the season with the Yankees, suddenly found his stride after an August trade with the Dodgers, and has quietly cratered again over the past two weeks. Muncy struggled for most of the season with Los Angeles, suddenly found his stride in August, and has quietly cratered again over the past two weeks.

Their seasons came together in perfect timing coming into Tuesday – all three for their last 27.

Dodgers Joey Gallo hits a three-run home run as San Francisco Giants pitcher Jarlin Garcia looks on.

Dodgers’ Joey Gallo, left, hits a three-run home run as San Francisco Giants pitcher Jarlin Garcia, right, watches during the second game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

And they rallied again in a glorious sweep of bad vibes against the Giants, both driving home runs.

After a Bryan Johnson diving catch in the second inning to save a run, Gallo stepped to the plate against Garcia in the bottom of the frame, Muncy was on second after a double to lead off the inning, and Justin Turner was waiting at first. In a 3 and 1 count, Garcia challenged Gallo.

Gallo crushed the 95 mph offering so hard it broke his bat near the handle, the ball landing deep in the right-center field to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.

“It’s good to see him smile,” Roberts said of Gallo.

The next inning, Muncy lined another Garcia fastball into the right field stands, prompting a quick hook for the Giants reliever after 1 2/3 innings and five earned runs.

Mimicking the reliever last month, Muncy said, didn’t motivate the lineup in any way. However, the Dodgers piled on him.

After Brandon Crawford cut the Dodgers’ lead to two runs with a sixth-inning homer off Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson, Muncie smacked his second big fly of the game later in the frame.

For much of the season, the mighty Muncy was nothing more than a blemish on a near-flawless Dodger season, an elite hitter who couldn’t figure it out as his OPS hovered perilously close to .600.

“Mechanically, my swing is the same as last year,” he said in May. “My bat speed is the same. swinging on strikes. It’s just one of those things that the game can humble you.”

On Tuesday night, he came back and humiliated the game right back.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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