A five o’clock arrival didn’t cool off the Dodger offense.
Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers walloped the last place Kansas City Royals 9-to-3. The Dodgers rarely visit Kansas City.
Mookie Betts had his ninth leadoff home run, tying the Dodger record for the most leadoff homers in one season with Joc Pederson, and in the third, he homered again.
On 92 pitches with two outs in the sixth, Dave Roberts lifted Bobby Miller who allowed three runs and had four strikeouts. The Royals stole two bases leading to two runs. When Miller left the game, he was visibly rattled.
Caleb Ferguson put out the fire in the sixth and got two outs in the seventh. Yency Almonte escaped a jam when he relieved Ferguson. For the first time in over a year, Daniel Hudson appeared in a Major-League game and pitched a scoreless eighth.
On the offensive side of things, when the rookie Royals starter walked David Peralta in the fourth, Jason Heyward doubled him in. Betts’ single scored Heyward. Will Smith tripled to open the fifth and scored on J.D. Martinez’s sacrifice fly. In the seventh, Heyward singled in Martinez who reached on an error. Betts doubled in Miguel Rojas, who doubled, and Betts scored on Freddie Freeman’s double in the eighth. Peralta’s sacrifice fly scored Freeman.
Justin Bruihl closed out the victory.
The Dodgers and Royals play game two of the three-game series on Saturday, with first pitch at 4:15 p.m. PT.