Sports Pujols hit in 10th, Dodgers beat Rox, stay close in NL West

10:05  22 september  2021
10:05  22 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Albert Pujols lingered near the batter's box after connecting. Mike Tauchman had other ideas. Tauchman remarkably reached over the left-field wall to rob Pujols of a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and San Francisco broke through in the 10 th to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Jarlin Garcia got his first save since he was a Marlins minor leaguer in 2011. Three times the Giants had a lead and three times the Dodger tied it. In the end, the Giants wound up with their first win over their NL West rivals in five tries this season. Buster Posey hit a three-run homer in the eighth that

Los Angeles Dodgers ' Max Muncy, front, is hugged by Albert Pujols after Muncy hit a solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Pollock hit his 13th homer of the season in the seventh off Mychal Givens, extending the Dodgers lead to 4-2. Max Muncy homered twice as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 9-2. The Giants held on to their lead in the NL West for at least one more day.

DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Albert Pujols drew on his vast baseball wisdom to get that clutch hit. Once he reached first base, he celebrated like a kid.

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Pennant chases will do that.

Pujols drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a rare off night by major league wins leader Julio Urías to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Tuesday.

“At the end of the day, you have to have fun," the 41-year-old Pujols said. “You have to show your emotion and what you feel about it.”

Pujols tapped his head and waved his hands in celebration. He may have even received a beer shower from teammates following the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts cracked.

Pujols homers in return to St. Louis, Dodgers down Cards 7-2

  Pujols homers in return to St. Louis, Dodgers down Cards 7-2 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols rewarded an adoring crowd by hitting a home run in his return to Busch Stadium, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers toward a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Justin Turner homered twice and Will Smith also homered for the playoff-contending Dodgers, who won for the sixth time in eight games. St. Louis has lost four in a row. A star slugger who led the Cardinals to a pair of World Series championships, the 41-year-old Pujols made his second appearance at Busch Stadium after playing for St. Louis from 2001-2011.

He hit a high-arching, two-strike solo shot to left field in the 10 th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies that extended Los Angeles' NL West lead to 1 ½ games on Tuesday night. "In this tight division race that was big," said the soft-spoken outfielder who has struggled with his Taylor was mobbed by his teammates at home plate as they bopped up and down in celebration. A day after moving past the Rockies into first place, the five-time defending NL champions matched their largest lead of the season on Taylor's one-out drive. "He really epitomizes what we're about as a

The clout was the 668th of Pujols ' illustrious career. After 11 years with the Cardinals and parts of 10 seasons with the Angels, Albert Pujols appeared in his fourth game with the Dodgers on Thursday night. It was his third hit in nine at-bats, but the biggest thing was obviously the home run.

“Shows how much guys respect and adore him,” Roberts said.

And how important that hit was, too.

The Dodgers have won nine of their last 10 and remained one game behind San Francisco in the NL West. Los Angeles has already clinched a playoff spot.

Pujols said he can smell when it's getting close to his time and begins preparing. Warmed up in the cool weather, he stepped into the box and lined a slider from Jhoulys Chacín (3-2) past diving second baseman Brendan Rodgers. It brought home Gavin Lux, who began at second base under baseball’s extra-innings rule.

Pujols was loudly cheered by the large cluster of Dodgers fans at Coors Field.

It marked the second time in Pujols' career he had a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI in extra innings. He also had a homer at Pittsburgh on Sept. 5, 2009.

Trea Turner wins NL batting title, Dodgers beat Brewers 10-3

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Los Angeles Dodgers ' Corey Seager, back, celebrates with Albert Pujols (55) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during Yahoo News is better in the app. Stay in the know at a glance with the Top 10 daily stories. The left-hander struck out eight, walked none, and gave up one run on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. But buyers don’t have to wait - beat the Fall Parade traffic and to.

Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits , striking out eight without a walk. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner missed more than two months with inflammation in his left elbow, then Gavin Lux #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hugs Albert Pujols #55 after hitting a two-run home run in the Wade Miley (12-7) continued to struggle, allowing six runs and nine hits in a season-low three innings.

Kenley Jansen (3-4) pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the ninth to earn the win. Brusdar Graterol got two outs in the 10th before giving way to Alex Vesia, who picked up save No. 1 by getting Colton Welker to fly out.

Urías, the major league leader with 18 wins, surrendered seven hits and four runs over six innings in a no-decision. He hasn't lost a game since June 21.

The left-hander figures to have two more starts to reach the 20-win mark, which would make him the fourth Mexican-born pitcher to accomplish the feat in a season. He would join Dodgers standout Fernando Valenzuela (1986), along with Teddy Higuera (1986) and Esteban Loiaza (2003).

“Reaching 20 wins would be a dream come true and obviously something I’m striving for,” said Urías, who contributed an RBI single.

Asked if all the innings this season may be wearing on him, Urías responded: “I feel strong. I feel good.”

Antonio Senzatela started well for Colorado before wearing down. The right-hander ended up allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings. It put an end to his string of seven straight quality starts.

A capsule look at the Cardinals-Dodgers playoff game

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Albert Pujols will be a Dodger . Baseball’s most sabermetrically advanced team has a history of making deals like this. Chase Utley. David Freese. And now Pujols , according to The Times’ Dodgers beat writer, Jorge Castillo. Andrew Friedman is known for making decisions based on exit velocities, spin Albert Pujols celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers on April 26. (Richard W. Rodriguez / Associated Press). If the best player in baseball could use pointers from Pujols , Sheldon Neuse and Luke Raley could too. Who knows, maybe next time Mookie Betts or

Will Smith hit a home run for the Dodgers , who have won five of their last six games after a rough stretch when they lost 15 of 20. Madison Bumgarner went four innings for the Diamondbacks, giving up two runs with four walks and left amid speculation that he was injured. The game featured a frightening incident, when Mets right fielder Kevin Pillar was hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball from Braves reliever Jacob Webb in the seventh inning. Pillar appeared to be struck on the bridge of his nose.

C.J. Cron had a productive night with a pair of RBI doubles and a single.

“It was a tough game — wish we could have pulled it out,” Cron said. “We’ve been doing a good job of pulling out those type of games. We let that one slip.”


Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger was placed on the injured list with a left rib fracture. OF Luke Raley was recalled and started in right. ... The Dodgers plan to activate OF AJ Pollock (strained right hamstring) Thursday.

Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (recovery from Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch again this week, although it hasn’t been determined if it will be with the Rockies or in Triple-A. ... INF/OF Connor Joe (hamstring) may not be back this season.


The Rockies are trying to slip into the role of division spoilers. Following a three-game series with Los Angeles, they host San Francisco for three more.

“I want our guys to feel part of this race in some way, which we are,” Rockies manager Bud Black explained. “We impact it.”


Dodgers 2B Trea Turner had another smooth slide into home plate after scoring on an RBI double from Max Muncy in the sixth. A similar slide by Turner last month became a big hit on social media.


Larry Walker’s Hall of Fame plaque will be displayed Saturday at Coors Field. The team will also retire his No. 33 in a ceremony.


A matchup of All-Star pitchers Wednesday with the Dodgers sending righty Walker Buehler (14-4, 2.39) to the mound and the Rockies throwing right-hander Germán Márquez (12-10, 4.16).


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Dodgers clinch postseason berth in 8-4 win over D-backs .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers are chasing the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. They caught their rival in one big way by becoming the second team in the majors to clinch a postseason berth. Max Muncy, Trea Turner and Will Smith homered in an 8-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night that was their fifth in a row. The Giants had locked up a playoff spot a night earlier. The Dodgers secured their ninth consecutive postseason appearance with their eighth straight home win and help from Cincinnati and San Diego, which both lost. The defending World Series champions got it done at home, where their 51-23 record leads the majors.

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