5/20/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - In the final game of the four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers got home runs from Will Smith and Albert Pujols to power the home team to a 3-2 win over Arizona on Thursday.
David Price was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers, pitched two innings, gave up three hits to the Diamondbacks, one strikeout.
Will Smith led off in the bottom of the second inning with a single, and the next batter Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run, his first as a Dodger, to take a 2-0 lead. It was Pujols 668th home run, the most among active players.
"That was special," Smith said. "I'll remember being on base when he hit his first one as a Dodger and high-fiving when he touched home plate. I look at him as a teammate now, not an idol."
Arizona tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning when Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run home run off Joe Kelly, and Ketel Marte scored after getting on base with a double. Arizona was threatening again to score more runs when they had runners on first and third base
Smith led off the seventh inning and hit the first pitch over the left-field fence for the tie-breaking solo home run. Smith helped on defense also, throwing out pinch-runner Tim Locastro at second base to end the eighth inning.
"He told me he grew up watching me play. I was like, 'Please don't, you make me older,'" Pujols said. "He's pretty special. When he's hitting in the cage, I keep my eye on him. He has a really special swing. He knows what he wants to do, he's really matured."
The Dodgers swept the series against Arizona and finished 8-1 in the nine-game homestand. In the four-game sweep, the Dodgers outscored the Diamondbacks 19-6.
Josh Reddick reached first base on Chris Taylor's fielding error. David Peralta hit a grounder that Justin Turner made a diving stop on the play but threw the ball over Pujols's head at first base. Joe Kelly replaced Victor Gonzalez, who struck out Domingo Leyba to end the inning.
Merrill Kelly (2-5) went seven innings for Arizona, giving up three earned runs and six hits while striking out 12 batters. Kelly is the first pitcher to strike out 12 Dodgers this year.
"The 12 strikeouts are great," Kelly said. "The seven innings is great for personal reasons, but at the end of the day, the goal is to get the W for the team, and it's just too bad it didn't turn out that way tonight."
Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth inning and picked up his 10th save of the season. It was his third appearance in the last four days.
The Dodgers head to San Francisco for a three-game series against the Giants. Trevor Bauer (4-2) will get the start on Friday. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #ladodgers #diamondbacks #losangelesdodgers #arizonadiamondbacks #albertpujols #eduardoescobar #willsmith #tgsportstv1.