Taylor went 3-for-5 with a double and a run in Tuesday's loss to the Padres. The utility man started the game at shortstop before shifting to center field when Mookie Betts (illness) departed in the sixth inning. Taylor collected three of the Dodgers' eight hits in the contest -- including their only double -- and scored on a double-play groundout in the eighth inning. He has two multi-hit efforts in his past three games.
Taylor went 2-for-6 with two runs and a stolen base in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Diamondbacks. With Mookie Betts receiving a day off, Taylor took over the leadoff spot and produced a pair of singles. He also scored twice and stole his seventh base of the season. The theft was his first since May 29, and the multi-hit effort was his first since June 11. Taylor is slashing .266/.386/.464 overall this season.
Taylor went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Saturday's 9-3 win over Arizona. On the fifth anniversary of the career-altering trade that brought Taylor to the Dodgers from Seattle in exchange for Zach Lee, the utility man produced an eighth-inning two-run homer that pushed Los Angeles' lead to nine runs. Taylor's versatility has brought tremendous value to the club this season, and he has been one of the team's best offensive players with a .264/.387/.468 slash line, 10 homers, 37 RBI and six stolen bases.
Taylor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-1 win over the Phillies. Taylor took Spencer Howard deep to lead off the fifth inning and give the Dodgers a 3-1 cushion. The 30-year-old is slashing .275/.389/.475 -- good for a career-high .864 OPS -- with nine home runs, 35 RBI, 48 runs scored and six stolen bases. He also owns a 32:60 BB:K, as he's taking walks at the highest rate of his career while striking out at one of the lowest rates of his career. The utility man should continue to see regular playing time, particularly if Cody Bellinger (hamstring) has to go on the injured list again.
Taylor is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Taylor's streak of nine consecutive starts will come to an end while he heads to the bench for the first time since May 29. The versatile 30-year-old has settled into a regular role at the keystone of late, but he'll cede second base to Zach McKinstry in the series finale at Pittsburgh.
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