With the Los Angeles Dodgers facing a lefty, Darwin Barney started at second base in place of Dee Gordon on Tuesday.

Barney went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, run scored and added two defensive highlights in the Dodgers’ third consecutive win.

While Barney’s two-out single in the second inning gave the Dodgers an early lead and his defensive plays came at key moments, his biggest contributions may have come in the ninth inning.

Barney hit a slow grounder to shortstop, which forced Emilio Bonifacio to charge the ball and he watched it go through his legs. Barney capitalized on Bonifacio’s error by hustling into second base with one out.

Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to first base and it allowed Barney to advance to third. David Hale got Carl Crawford to chase a 1-1 pitch in the dirt that got away from Evan Gattis and Barney once again took advantage of the miscue by breaking for home plate and scoring an insurance run for the Dodgers.
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