Dodgers went into a Ross Stripling against Chris Sale draw a draw against the Red Sox as losers in four consecutive games and I had the utmost confidence in the way things would go.
But, uh, as expected, the Dodgers broke their losing streak against the offensive that broke out against Sale and Stripling was a gem in an 11-2 win.
The Dodgers started early against Sale. Chris Taylor drew a starting walk and after two cuts of side, Cody Bellinger reached on a simple infield. That made things easier for A.J Pollock, who scored a goal in the other direction to get a quick 1-0 advantage.
They added to the head in the 3rd when Justin Turner crushed his 11th dong of the year to bring him to 2-0.
The Red Sox halved the lead in 4th place behind a solo shot from Xander Bogaerts off Stripling to make it 2-1. However, Stripling was also stellar in the night, giving the Dodgers five ball heats at one point, hitting seven and yielding only four hits.
The bats of the Dodgers fought back in 5th place behind a single of Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes hit by a pitch, a doubled Justin Turner to score one, then a doubled of David Freese score two more and make 5-1.
Joe Kelly entered in relief with a warm hand late. He was given 6th place and struggled a bit, although he did not necessarily have a bad start. He gave up a fliner on the right, flew a regular flight, and then the base player went from first to third on a basic stolen combination, a mediocre shot and a missed shot. This runner then scored on a jam-shot blooper for a single to make it 5-2. Kelly then broke a bat on a ground ball for a withdrawal, walked a batter, threw a wild throw to put two in the lead position, and then crowned his night with a strikeout.
Joe Kelly, everyone.
So it was a bit disturbing, but the Dodgers made things easier in the 7th. Cody Bellinger absolutely murdered her 31st dong of the year and A.J Pollock followed with her 3rd dong of the year, both without cheating wife / PED Steven Wright, to make it 7-2.
Max Muncy then hit on a field single that crushed Wright's foot and led to his exit.
Corey Seager He then followed with a return to the thrower, which ended with a Muncy score after taking a third uncovered spot thanks to the gear shift and a misplaced throw. After Enrique Hernandez walked, Austin Barnes followed with a triple of the Green Monster left for a 9-2 lead.
The Dodgers continued to slam in 8th place behind JT, doubling their goal, moving up to third on a ball, then scoring on a Bellinger sacrificial volley to make it 10-2. They added another 9th behind Max Muncy 's 23rd ding dong of the year, this one at the center of the target.
Julio Urias then, he got the 7th and 8th innings, scoring the six batters he faced on just 19 shots, eliminating two.
JT Chargois He was then instructed to finish things on the 9th and he did it with a 1-2-3 run on six shots.
The Dodgers improve to 61-33 with the win. They now have a 13.5-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the NL West, 5 over the Braves and 1 MLB Yankees game.
The series will end with a rubber match tomorrow night on ESPN at 1:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm PST / 7:00 pm EST. Hyun-Jin Ryu will face David Price while the Dodgers face their third left-hander in a row.