Dodgers rally for 5 runs in 8th inning to win opener of doubleheader

LOS ANGELES — With nearly all of the drama drained from the Dodgers’ regular season, much of what remains is backwash from last winter’s lockout – a five-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks including Tuesday’s doubleheader and a six-game series against the Colorado Rockies to come, the product of baseball’s drive to play 162 despite the late start this spring.

It doesn’t matter. The Dodgers just keep winning.

Trailing by four, the Dodgers scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Diamondbacks, 6-5, in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Veteran left-hander Tyler Anderson was activated from the paternity list and will start the second game Tuesday night.

With Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Will Smith all given the first game off, the Dodgers’ offense made some noise early but did little damage.

They loaded the bases with one out in the first inning but scored just one run on a sacrifice fly by Trayce Thompson, loaded them again with one out in the third and got nothing then put two on with one out in the fourth only to strand both of those runners as well.

In all, the Dodgers had seven hits in the first four innings but scored just that lone run. They went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position – the lone hit (a bases-loading single by Thompson in the third inning) didn’t produce a run – and stranded 12 runners on base before Austin Barnes’ two-run home run in the eighth inning tightened the score.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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