The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 10-1, on Friday night, riding an eight-run fourth inning to an easy victory. Clayton Kershaw threw six shutout innings to push his record to 11-3 and drop his ERA to 2.30. It’s L.A.’s 109th win of the season.
Mookie Betts and Chris Taylor each had three hits, Will Smith had two, and Cody Bellinger had two hits including a homer. Hanser Alberto extended his two MLB records for position players pitching, making his 10th appearance of the season and his eighth in a Dodgers victory. Alberto allowed one hit and one run in one inning.
Early in the game, Los Angeles learned they had clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason when the Astros lost to the Rays.
The Astros took an L tonight, meaning the Dodgers have home-field advantage in the World Series if they get there.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) October 1, 2022
Dodgers Break Out in Big Fourth Inning
Los Angeles put up eight hits and eight runs in the fourth inning. Eight of the first nine batters reached base in the inning, including a three-run home run from Bellinger to put the Dodgers up 4-0.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 1, 2022
Taylor had two hits, a run scored, and two RBIs in the inning. The eight runs and eight hits were both season highs for the Dodgers.
Correction: four hits over 104.4 MPH this inning, but the homer still wasn't one of them.
— Jeff J. Snider (@snidog) October 1, 2022
Kershaw Continues to Dominate
Kershaw threw six shutout innings, striking out four and allowing five hits to drop his ERA to 2.30. Kershaw’s ERA is fifth-best in the National League among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched, trailing only Max Scherzer, Sandy Alcantara, and two of his own teammates, Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias.
The Dodgers continue their six-game, season-ending series with the Rockies on Saturday at 6:10 pm. The team will honor legendary retiring Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín before the game.
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