LOS ANGELES – Gavin Lux hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers rallied late to a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Lux inflated his chest and pointed to his dugout, while his first homer of the season landed in the right-field bleakers for the defending World Series champion, opening a nine-game homestand with just the sixth win in 21 matches.
Lux has struggled to keep his batting average above 200 during an injury during the Dodgers’ stony season. His grand celebration showed how much Homer meant to the up-and-down and his teammates.
“Takes this kind of cake,” Lux said. “I don’t really know where he came from, to be honest with you. The most emotion I’ve shown so far. Just talking to a few people, we definitely need it.”
Max Muncy hit an early homer for the Dodgers, trailing 4–1 in the seventh before coming up with a two-run single from Corey Seeger.
The Lux delivered a game-changing hit, with the Dodgers recently missing Rafael Montero (3-2). Seattle survived a tough jam in the near seventh.
“All wins are important, but they are not the same,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Gavin is grinding, so that hit for him was big for our ballclub. I think there were some glimpses of a beer bath there.”
Mitch Haniger hit two solo homers and Kyle Seeger added a two-run shot for the Mariners, who have lost three straight on their five-game road trip.
Garrett Clevinger (1-3) took the perfect eighth spot for the 27-year-old reliever’s first big league win. Kenley Johnson managed an impeccable ninth for his sixth save.
Seattle UC could not take advantage of a strong start by Kikuchi, who pitched a career-best 11 strikes, pitching six hit balls in the seventh inning.
“He continues to get better and better, and just builds as the season goes along,” said Meriners manager Scott Servai. “Unfortunately, we were not able to close it there. Thought we had enough to stop them, but UC certainly deserved a better fate tonight. “
Kikuchi paced Walker Buehler, who gave up homers for three of four hits, allowing seven innings in eight appearances.
Kyle Seeger took a high homer from Buehler in the fourth to correct a good inside cutter, winning his 3–0 win at his younger brother’s home ballpark with his third career homer.
Muncy had a 433-foot home season in the fourth.
After loading the Dodgers’ bases and chasing Kikuchi in the seventh, reliever Anthony Miswiecz got a third strike over Mickey Bates to give Corey Seeger a two-out single trimmed Seattle lead 4-3.
Hainiger connected for a 402-foot homer in the first inning and a second shot in the sixth.
His third career multi-homer game, his first since June 2018, gave him a team-leader 10 home runs this year, and a reminder of the power he showed during the All-Star campaign in 2018, when he made his 26 Hit Homer only the full major league season.
“I feel good,” Hennigar said. “Over the weekend, I did not like it very much, so I came in and did some work. It is always a work in progress. “
Better, Homer of Luxor was the first of his career in a regular season game at Dogar Stadium. The infielder broke the Dodgers’ roster in 2019, but did not appear in his first 29 regular-season games at home.
Lux homed on Chavez Ravin two years ago in his first postmarton.
The Dodgers: AJ Pollak scored a pinch hit walk in his first action, seventh since straggling his hamstring Friday at Anaheim. … Cody Belinger “is progressing well” in his return from a hairline leg fracture, Roberts said. Bellinger is still running at 60%. … LHP David Price (right hamstring stretch) threw a fake inning. He will be activated after throwing a hitter once or twice. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (right shoulder inflammation) will throw two innings this week in Arizona. He will start minor league rehab before returning.
Los Angeles LHP Julio Uris (4-1, 3.59 ERA) picks up the mound for the series finale against RHP Justin Dunn (1-0, 3.51). Uris has played five innings in all seven matches starting this year, but was selected for five runs by the Angels last Friday.
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