LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mookie Betts homered and drove in three runs, Will Smith hit another home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Tuesday to force a decisive 5th game in their NL Division Series.
The Giants, who have accumulated 107 victories, will host the Dodgers on Thursday with 106 victories. The winner will face the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series. The Braves had eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers earlier on Tuesday.
In Game 3, the Dodgers had just five hits and lost 1-0, their second shutout, which left them on the brink of elimination. By Tuesday they had already had five hits for the second inning, and ended up adding 12 to back up a brief but effective outing by Walker Buehler, who was coming off a three-day layoff.
Following the Dodgers’ 9-2 victory in Game 2, Buehler turned to manager Dave Roberts and said he wanted to open Game 4 after a short break for the first time in his career. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two on 71 pitches.
After allowing an Evan Longoria single to open the episode and walking pinch-hitter Steven Duggar, Buehler came out to a standing ovation from 52,935 fans in blue.
The Dodgers retired Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani in the second. DeSclafani took the loss after allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out two.
For the Giants, Wilmer Flores 1-0. The Colombian Donovan Solano 2-0.
For the Dodgers, Albert Pujols 1-0.