Twins vs. Dodgers – Game Recap – August 10, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Joey Gallo thought he was experiencing a lot of winning this season when he was with the New York Yankees.

He was then acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline and has yet to lose.

Chris Taylor hit a home run in the sixth inning, Gallo added a three-run shot in the seventh and the Dodgers extended their season winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

It’s the first time since July 2017 that the Dodgers have put together a double-digit hitting streak. This is also their third streak in a row and 14th of the season.

“It’s exciting. It was close for a little while,” Gallo said. “I thought we were winning a lot in New York. We’ve been winning a lot here, especially lately. It’s always great to win games.”

Max Muncy also went deep for Los Angeles, which has a majors-best 77-33 record and is 16 games ahead of second-place San Diego in the NL West.

Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez homered for Minnesota (57-53), which fell out of the AL Central lead after its loss and Cleveland’s win in Detroit.

Taylor, who came off the disabled list last Friday after missing 26 games with a broken left leg, gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead with his first home run since June 3, a solo shot off left fielder Michael Fulmer (4 – 5).

Gallo came on as a pinch hitter and provided some breathing room with a triple to left-center. It was the Dodgers’ second home run of the season and the second of Gallo’s career.

Gallo batted just .159 in 82 games with the Yankees. He is 4 for 15 in six games with the Dodgers.

“He put in a lot of hard work with the hitting coaches,” manager Dave Roberts said. “To have a result like tonight was something special. He doesn’t smile very often so it was great to see him smile like that.

David Price (1-0), the third of six Dodgers pitchers, earned the win.

The Twins took a 4-2 lead into the fifth after a three-run homer by Polanco in the second and a solo shot by Sanchez in the fifth off starter Ryan Pepiot.

Mookie Betts started Los Angeles’ comeback with a double in the bottom half and scored Trea Turner. Turner stole second and the Dodgers tied it at 4 on Will Smith’s RBI double.

“We hung in there today and in the end it wasn’t close enough the way the game played out. They created space late,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We have to go through these places.”

Muncy led off the second by lining a lofted sinker by starter Sonny Gray over the right-field wall. Cody Bellinger made it 2-0 later in the inning when his sacrifice fly scored Justin Turner.

Minnesota answered with a three-run third, capped by Polanco’s drive to right field.

TICKET WINDOW

Freddie Freeman’s night drew the largest crowd in the majors this season at 53,432. It was the Dodgers’ 13th sellout of the year.

FOR A START

Gray has given up just two earned runs in three starts since the All-Star break, but has struggled against the Dodgers. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – and six hits. He struck out five.

Pepiot was called for his fourth outing this season and allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base after four of five innings. Pepiot struck out four but gave up four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

THEY DON’T LIKE LA

The Twins have lost all four of the Dodgers’ games this season. Minnesota was outscored 32-10 and has lost 10 straight since 2014.

TRAINING ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Dustin May will make another rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday before being activated from the injured list. Roberts said May, who had Tommy John surgery 15 months ago, is likely to pitch when Los Angeles returns home to face Miami in a weekend series beginning Aug. 19. … LHP Clayton Kershaw (back) threw lightly during pregame drills.

NEXT

Twins: Stay in Southern California for a three-game series against the Angels. RHP Tyler Mahle (5-7, 4.49 ERA) is making his second start for Minnesota since being acquired from Cincinnati.

Dodgers: Continue interleague play with three games in Kansas City starting Friday. RHP Tony Gonsolin (13-1, 2.30 ERA) gets the call in the series opener.

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