The Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, the best winning percentage team in the majors (38-15 (.717) before today’s game).

The Dodgers defeated the Rays 6-5 on 28 April at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. With the win, the Dodgers improved to 32-21 on the season, snapping a two-game losing streak and maintaining their lead in the National League West.토토사이트

The Dodgers went with Mookie Betts (right field), Freddie Freeman (first base), Will Smith (catcher), JD Martinez (designated hitter), Max Muncy (third base), Jason Heyward (centre field), Miguel Vargas (second base), David Peralta (left field), Miguel Rojas (shortstop) and starter Clayton Kershaw.

Tampa Bay countered with Yandy Dias (first base), Wander Franco (shortstop), Harold Ramirez (designated hitter), Randy Arosarena (left field), Isaac Paredes (third base), Christian Betancourt (catcher), Manuel Margot (right field), Taylor Walls (second base), Jose Ciri (centre field) and starter Tyler Glasnow.

The Dodgers struck first in the second inning. Muncy took a four-seam fastball from Glasnow two batters later for a solo shot to right-centre for a 1-0 lead.

The teams traded two runs in the fourth inning. The Dodgers made it 2-0 in the top of the fourth on Muncy’s RBI double with two outs. Two batters later, a wild pitch allowed Muncy to score from third to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Mago doubled with runners on first and third to cut the deficit to 3-2. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, he gave up a two-run homer to Ramirez with one out to cut the lead to 3-4.

Frustrated, the Dodgers turned things around in the top of the seventh. Betts hit an RBI single with two outs to tie the game at 4-4. Betts then stole second base on a wild pitch, and Freeman followed with an RBI double to give the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. Two batters later in the eighth, Vargas hit a solo shot to left-centre to make it 6-4.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, Franco gave up a single to centre field, but no more runs were scored to preserve the 6-5 victory.

For the Dodgers, starter Kershaw allowed four runs on six hits (one homer) with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings. He has been a bit shaky of late, failing to record a quality start (six innings or less) in three straight games dating back to 17 July against the Minnesota Twins.

At the plate, Freeman hit a game-winning home run, while Muncy provided a spark at the plate with a multi-homer game and two RBIs.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay got a solid start from Glasnow, who returned from injury and allowed three runs on five hits (one homer) in 4 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Ramirez reached the 100-homer plateau for the first time this season, but it was overshadowed by the team’s loss.

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