08/23 00:18 CDT Hernandez single in 9th lifts Dodgers over Blue Jays 3-2
Hernandez single in 9th lifts Dodgers over Blue Jays 3-2
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Kik Hernandez capped a three-run ninth inning by blooping
a single to score Corey Seager and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Toronto
Blue Jays 3-2 Thursday night after being one-hit through eight innings.
After being shut down by rookie Jacob Waguespack, the Dodgers rallied with
three straight hits against Derek Law (0-2). Max Muncy led off the ninth with a
walk and advanced to third when Cody Bellinger lined a one-out double to the
right-field corner. Seager tied it with a double to right, and Hernandez
provided the walk-off knock on his bobblehead night. It is Los Angeles' 12th
walk-off victory of the season.
Casey Sadler (3-0) got the win with a scoreless inning as the Dodgers got the
The Dodgers have a five-game home winning streak going into this weekend's big
series against the New York Yankees. The three-game set could serve as a World
Series preview as both are vying for best record in the majors. Los Angeles has
a two-game lead on New York.
Waguespack allowed only one hit over seven innings, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
had three hits, including a home run, for Toronto.
The 25-year old right-hander struck out five in his seventh major league start.
The only baserunners he allowed were in the third when Dodgers starter Kenta
Maeda lined a one-out single to left and A.J. Pollock walked. Waguespack got
out of the jam by striking out Muncy and Justin Turner lining out to center on
the 10th pitch of his at-bat.
Guerrero drove Maeda's curveball over the wall in center on the first pitch of
his at-bat in the fifth inning for his 15th homer of the year to extend
Toronto's lead to two.
Randal Grichuk and Billy McKinney led off the inning with singles and advanced
to second and third on Danny Jansen's ground out to Maeda. Grichuck scored on
Derek Fisher's grounder to Hernandez at second.
Maeda surrendered singles to three of the first six Blue Jays' hitters he faced
before retiring 11 straight. The right-hander went six innings and allowed two
runs on four hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson made a pair of defensive plays to rob Toronto
of hits. He made a nice running grab near the wall on Bo Bichette's line drive
in the third and then a diving catch on a bloop fly by Jansen in the seventh.
Guerrero made a diving catch on Russell Martin's liner at third base in the
DON'T DREAM IT'S OVER
Muncy's bid for a club record sixth straight game with a home run ended as he
went 0 for 3. Muncy also had a nine-game hitting streak snapped where he went
deep six times and drove in 12 runs.
Dodgers: INF David Freese (left hamstring strain) did some running before the
game and is on target to return Sept. 1. ... LHP Rich Hill (flexor tendon
strain) will throw a bullpen session Saturday with a full mix of pitches.
Blue Jays: Closer Ken Giles has been placed on the paternity list and isn't
eligible to be activated until Sunday. Right-hander Jordan Romano was recalled
from Triple-A Buffalo but wasn't used after throwing 20 pitches Wednesday. Law
was tabbed as Giles' replacement.
Blue Jays: Open three-game series at Seattle on Friday. RHP Trent Thornton
(4-8, 5.30) went six innings and allowed three earned runs against the Mariners
on Aug. 17.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-3) leads the majors with a 1.64 ERA as he takes
the hill for the series opener against the Yankees Friday.
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