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Recap: Dodgers Win Fourth Straight, Thrash Texas 8-4 In Arlington

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Walker Buehler got off the mat, and again answered the bell on Tuesday night. Obviously, playing a 58-75 team still carries weight when you’re two games back of the division leader and some 30 games remain. The Dodgers handled their business in a professional manner, beating Texas soundly by an 8-4 score at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Offense

In this case, Manny Machado and Brian Dozier put the Dodgers on their backs. Things got going early off Texas starter Ariel Jurado. Run scoring hits by Machado and Dozier succeeded in knocking Jurado out of the game in the third inning, and the Dodgers built a 3-0 lead.

Still, Texas would strike back with two runs of their own in the bottom half of that inning. Los Angeles did not wait long to respond and put this game away. Joc Pederson drove in a run in the fourth, and Machado added his third RBI of the game with a sac fly.

In the fifth inning, Dozier decided it was time for an exclamation point.

The blast was his 20th home run of the 2018 campaign. Cody Bellinger, Kiké Hernandez, and Justin Turner all tallied multi-hit games in the 15-hit night for the Dodgers offense.

The Defense

Buehler went four solid but not spectacular innings, striking out four, allowing four hits, walking two and allowing two earned runs. Caleb Ferguson received credit for the win, retiring all four batters he faced. Sure, things got a little interesting in the ninth inning when Kenley Jansen entered to pitch with an 8-2 lead. Finally, the ball bounced Jansen’s way and the game ended in spectacular fashion.

Looking Ahead

The Dodgers will face Mike Minor tomorrow night, who will not be an easy task if the Dodgers are to run this win streak to five. Nevertheless, at the time of this post; the Dodgers are 76.7 percent odds to make the playoffs according to FanGraphs. This one goes into the history books and should be remembered as a night the Dodger key acquisitions Dozier and Machado helped them hold serve in a pennant chase. With exactly 30 games remaining – every single inning counts. No matter the opponent, the Dodgers must continue to execute in all facets. This is truly shaping up to be a photo finish in a wild season.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Wow!! That is grand..beat up on last place teams
    News flash….will not be playing last place teams much longer..and we all know how they do against better teams..
    Robert’s can’t screw up and not pay for it

  2. Correct, but give the team credit for doing this – it’s essential. Next, they have to win 3 of 4 at home against the D-backs.
    Memo to Roberts : let the starters do their job, pitch at least 7 innings. Kenley will handle the 9th from now on. Pray for 3 outs in the eighth.

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