7/21/22 LOS ANGELES, CA - All-Star right fielder Mookie Betts hit a tie-breaking three-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 9-6 win over rival San Francisco Giants on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
"We got the win, and that's the most important thing," Betts said. "That's why it's a team game. You've got to pick each other up, and we did that tonight.
The Dodgers' first baseman Freddie Freeman opened the scoring with a 407-foot home run to center-field to give them a 1-0 lead. It was Freeman's 14th home run of the season.
After second baseman Hanser Alberto singled to left-center field, Trayce Thompson hit a double to shallow left field, which scored Alberto and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
In the bottom of the third inning, Freeman got on base with a walk, and Trea Turner singled to left field. Justin Turner followed that with a double to score Trea Turner and Freeman, as the Dodgers led 4-0. The Dodgers led 5-0 after Alberto hit an RBI double to right field.
The Dodgers had a comfortable 5-0 lead when third baseman Evan Longoria put the Giants on the board with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning trailing 5-1.
Darin Ruf hit a grand slam over the left-center field fence to tie the score 5-5. It was Ruf's first career grand slam.
San Francisco grabbed a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth inning after Thairo Estrada was walked with the bases loaded.
Los Angeles came from behind and tied the game 6-6 on an RBI triple by Thompson in the bottom of the eighth. After Cody Bellinger walked, Betts came up to bat and drilled a change-up over the left field fence for his 21st home run of the season.
"We grind through each at-bat," Betts said. "Nobody gives away at-bats. That's why we are so good."
Game two of the four-game series will feature left-handed Tyler Anderson (10-1) against Giants right-handed Logan Webb (9-3). For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #ladodgers #giants #tgsportstv1 #mookiebetts #darinruf #losangelesdodgers #sanfranciscogiants #dodgersbaseball