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Cody Bellinger’s eighth-inning home run lifts Dodgers to 6-4 victory over Twins

  • Clouds fill the sky over Dodger Stadium as Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Clouds fill the sky over Dodger Stadium as Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates his home run with third base coach Chris Woodward during the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates his home run with third base coach Chris Woodward during the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon looks away as the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, background right, rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon looks away as the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, background right, rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his home run during the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his home run during the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe, right, throws to first base to complete a double play after forcing out Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer, left, during the fourth inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. Twins’ Miguel Sano was out at first. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe, right, throws to first base to complete a double play after forcing out Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer, left, during the fourth inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. Twins’ Miguel Sano was out at first. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, left, is tagged out by Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon during the third inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, left, is tagged out by Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon during the third inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, left, greets bench coach Bob Geren in the dugout before a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, left, greets bench coach Bob Geren in the dugout before a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu gestures to catcher Yasmani Grandal as he walks off the field after the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu gestures to catcher Yasmani Grandal as he walks off the field after the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Minnesota Twins’ Jason Castro hits an RBI-double during the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Minnesota Twins’ Jason Castro hits an RBI-double during the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a game, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu follows through on a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu follows through on a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon walks onto the mound to throw during the third inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon walks onto the mound to throw during the third inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario hits an RBI-double during the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Minnesota Twins’ Eddie Rosario hits an RBI-double during the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar, center, is greeted by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a double hit by Eddie Rosario during the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar, center, is greeted by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a double hit by Eddie Rosario during the fourth inning of a game against the Dodgers, Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates at home plate with teammate Justin Turner after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates at home plate with teammate Justin Turner after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates at home plate with teammate Chris Taylor after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates at home plate with teammate Chris Taylor after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at home plate with teammates Justin Turner (10) and Chris Taylor after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at home plate with teammates Justin Turner (10) and Chris Taylor after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at the dugout with teammates and Manager Dave Roberts (30) after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at the dugout with teammates and Manager Dave Roberts (30) after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at the dugout with teammates and Manager Dave Roberts (30) after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at the dugout with teammates and Manager Dave Roberts (30) after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at the dugout with teammates and Manager Dave Roberts (30) after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

    Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates at the dugout with teammates and Manager Dave Roberts (30) after Bellinger hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to win the game 6-4 against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson celebrates at the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning, to tie the game 2-2, against the Minnesota Twins, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson celebrates at the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning, to tie the game 2-2, against the Minnesota Twins, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, celebrates with teammate Justin Turner after Puig scored in the sixth inning, to take the lead in the game 3-2, against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, right, celebrates with teammate Justin Turner after Puig scored in the sixth inning, to take the lead in the game 3-2, against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tags out Minnesota Twins runner Robbie Grossman at home in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal tags out Minnesota Twins runner Robbie Grossman at home in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is tagged out at second base by the Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar after Turner attempt at a double in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is tagged out at second base by the Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar after Turner attempt at a double in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

  • Minnesota Twins starter Bartolo Colon pitches in the second inning against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

    Minnesota Twins starter Bartolo Colon pitches in the second inning against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze/SCNG )

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LOS ANGELES — If Sunday wasn’t indication enough, Monday made it clear. Life will go on for the Dodgers without Clayton Kershaw.

Since losing their ace to a back injury early in Sunday’s game, the Dodgers rallied to claim a dramatic victory for the second consecutive game. They needed 10 innings to reclaim a lost lead to beat the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon. They just needed Cody Bellinger on Monday. His three-run home run in the eighth inning brought them from behind and gave the Dodgers a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The win was the Dodgers’ 69th in their first 100 games this season. Only three teams since the 1969 expansion – only one in the National League (the 1970 Cincinnati Reds) – have won more.

“One day at a time,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said of the ace-less life ahead. “That’s what’s so great about this team. We just keep competing. That’s all that we have to think about. Don’t give away any pitches. Don’t give away any at-bats.”

It almost looked like Bellinger had given away his chance to be a hero in the pivotal eighth-inning at-bat.

With the Dodgers trailing 4-3, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner set the stage for Bellinger with singles off Twins reliever Taylor Rogers.

“We saw it early – there’s no panic,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Bellinger. “He hits good pitching – left-handed, right-handed – and he doesn’t scare off in the moment.”

The left-handed Rogers threw Bellinger three curveballs. Bellinger swung and missed the first one. He crushed the second one, sending it high – and foul – down the right-field line. Bellinger reacted quickly, spinning away from home plate in frustration.

“Rogers is a really good pitcher, a left-on-left guy,” Roberts said. “He hung a breaker and Cody felt that was a pitch he should have handled and kept it in play. He got out in front of it a little too much.

“Fortunately for us, he threw the same pitch.”

Rogers went to the well again and Bellinger was on his third curveball. This time, he stayed in the middle of the field – where there are no troublesome poles, only a wall. Bellinger drove the 0-and-2 curveball out to straightaway center field.

“I just tried to put a good swing on it,” Bellinger said. “In that situation, I was just looking for a single. It probably didn’t look like that on the other swing. But we were only down one (run). I was just thinking single.”

Bellinger faces a long future of facing lefty specialists in the major leagues. One he remembers facing in Double-A last season benefitted from his heroics Monday.

Bellinger’s home run made a winner of Edward Paredes in his major-league debut. The journeyman reliever spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues with four organizations before making his major-league debut with a scoreless top of the eighth against the Twins.

“It’s been a long 11 years,” Paredes said through an interpreter before thanking God and family. “It was quite a surprise (when he got the call about finally being promoted).”

Paredes was one of three pitchers added to the Dodgers roster Monday as Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy went on the DL. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the injured list and turned in what has become the frequent template for a non-Kershaw start this season – five innings and two runs allowed.

It was the 45th time in 100 games this season that a Dodgers starter lasted five innings or fewer. And it was the 71st time their starting pitcher allowed two earned runs or fewer.

Ryu left with a 3-2 lead after the Dodgers realized just how little Twins right-hander Bartolo Colon has left at age 44.

Making his second start for the Twins after being released by the Braves, Colon held the Dodgers scoreless through four innings, throwing 47 pitches in that time. Five of them registered as changeups (between 80 and 82 mph). The rest were fastballs, though none traveled more than 91 mph.

That’s the entire Colon repertoire at this point and the Dodgers caught on in the fifth inning. Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson hit back-to-back home runs and Yasiel Puig followed with a triple. Taylor drove him in with a two-out RBI single.

The lead didn’t last. Grant Dayton replaced Ryu in the sixth inning and retired just one of the four batters he faced. Eddie Rosario tied the game with a solo home run. Only an outstanding running catch by Puig on Brian Dozier’s bases-loaded drive to the right field corner prevented further damage.

Instead, Josh Fields did the damage in the seventh inning. He hit Miguel Sano with a pitch. Two batters later, Rosario was a problem for the Dodgers again. He hit a sinking line drive to left field that bounced high over Taylor’s head for an RBI double.

That gave the Twins a 4-3 lead heading into the eighth inning. But the Dodgers have now scored 107 runs in the eighth inning of games or later.

“These numbers – when we have a lead, we win games. And when we’re behind, we don’t quit,” Roberts said. “We find a way to win and play to the last out. As long as there’s outs on the board, we don’t quit.”

Source: Orange Country

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