Rookie trifecta: Smith delivers 3rd straight walk-off for LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Will Smith had seen fellow Los Angeles Dodgers rookies Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo deliver walk-off homers during their weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Hours after being called up from the minors on Sunday, it was Smith's turn to join the fun.

The rookie catcher connected for a pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory and a three-game sweep over their closest NL West pursuers.

''Just when you think it can't get any better, it does,'' manager Dave Roberts said. ''We talk about these young players not being afraid of the moment. For Will to get a pitch in and carry it to the opposite part of the field is pretty impressive.''

It is the first time in major league history that rookie teammates have hit walk-off homers in three straight games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Matt Beaty hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning on Friday and Alex Verdugo did it in the 11th on Saturday.

The last team to win three straight games in walk-off fashion was Oakland two years ago. The Dodgers had not done it since a 2010 series against Arizona.

Colorado manager Bud Black said not having much scouting information on rookies wasn't a factor in the losses.

''A couple bad pitches got us. Scott didn't locate his slider where he wanted to,'' he said. ''There are going to be great wins and tough losses. They are on a little bit of a nice roll but we'll be back.''

Smith, a 24-year-old catcher playing his seventh game in the big leagues, hit a slider from Scott Oberg (5-1) over the wall in center. Beaty singled to lead off the inning and advanced on a wild pitch, and Russell Martin was intentionally walked with two outs.

Smith was promoted when infielder David Freese was put on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Friday with a left hamstring sprain. He caught a morning flight from Oklahoma City and got to the ballpark a couple hours before the game.

''I didn't know if I was going to play today, so I made the most of my opportunity,'' Smith said. ''I was concentrating on the approach of the at-bat and getting the right pitch to hit.''

The Dodgers, with the best record in the majors, have won six straight games to tie the 1974 NL champions for the best start in franchise history (54-25) and complete a 9-2 homestand. Kenley Jansen (3-2) pitched one inning.

Dodgers star Cody Bellinger hit a line-drive foul ball down the first-base line that struck a young woman in the head during the first inning. She was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.

In the ninth inning, a female fan ran toward Bellinger in right field. He was trying to fend her off, and security personnel tackled her as she tried to hug Bellinger.

All six Dodger runs came via pinch-hit home runs. Chris Taylor greeted Rockies' reliever Chad Bettis with a three-run homer in the seventh to give LA a 3-2 lead. Colorado tied it in the eighth when Daniel Murphy scored from first on Tony Wolters' double into the right-field corner.

ROCKY SKID

Colorado has lost 11 straight to Los Angeles dating to last season. The Rockies are 13 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West nearing the midpoint of the season.

''We came in here ready to go and they beat us pretty good,'' third baseman Nolan Arenado said. ''At the end of the day we have to finish games. The good teams finish them. If we want to get to where we needed to go we have to win those.''

STREAKS AND STATS

Max Muncy has reached base safely in 32 straight games, which is the longest streak by a Dodger since Yasiel Puig's 33-game run in 2014. ... Murphy had his fifth three-hit game of the season and is batting .338 this month.

FOR STARTERS

Colorado's Antonio Senzatela allowed only three hits the first six innings before running into trouble. The right-hander worked 6 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. It is the eighth time in 14 starts where he has allowed two or fewer runs.

Los Angeles' Kenta Maeda went a season-high seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. The righty has 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in his last eight starts since May 10.

Maeda's only big mistake came in the first inning when he gave up a two-run homer to David Dahl.

ROCKIES MOVE

Colorado optioned pitcher Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for OF Garrett Hampson. Hampson played center field and batted second, going 2 for 5.

UP NEXT

Colorado: RHP Jon Gray (7-5, 4.18 ERA) gets the call Monday for the start of a three-game series in San Francisco.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 2.85 ERA) starts the first of a three-game set Monday at Arizona.

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  • W: K. Jansen (3-2)L: S. Oberg (5-1)
  • HR: COL - D. Dahl (8), LAD - C. Taylor (8), W. Smith (3)
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G. Hampson CF51200021.196.239.265.5034.0
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D. Murphy 1B41300012.273.318.454.7723.5
R. McMahon 2B30110112.263.342.409.7512.5
B. Rodgers SS30000005.224.272.250.5220.0
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S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Rodgers in the 8th
  • b-flied out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson 1B30000011.233.328.558.886-0.5
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A. Verdugo CF40100000.302.352.489.8411.0
J. Turner 3B40000011.300.380.435.815-0.5
C. Bellinger RF30000101.349.444.6991.1431.0
M. Muncy 2B-1B30000111.280.382.533.9150.5
M. Beaty LF42200001.333.352.478.8304.0
E. Hernandez SS-2B41200011.212.282.388.6704.5
A. Barnes C20000001.220.318.373.6910.0
c- C. Taylor PH-SS21131011.245.315.447.7627.5
K. Maeda P20100010.286.286.357.6430.5
d- R. Martin PH-C11000100.260.367.350.7172.0
  • a-flied out for Pederson in the 7th
  • b-homered for Jansen in the 9th
  • c-homered for Barnes in the 7th
  • d-grounded out for Maeda in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Wolters (11)
  • HR - D. Dahl (8)
  • RBI - D. Dahl (37), R. McMahon (34), T. Wolters (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Dahl (11), R. McMahon (13), T. Wolters (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, R. McMahon, B. Rodgers 5 (5), P. Valaika, A. Senzatela
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Hernandez 2 (8)
  • HR - W. Smith (3), C. Taylor (8)
  • RBI - W. Smith 3 (6), C. Taylor 3 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Smith 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, C. Bellinger, M. Muncy, M. Beaty, A. Barnes
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Tapia (3), G. Hampson (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela6.15221504.911.5715.5
C. Bettis (BS, 1)0.11110014.531.35-2.0
J. McGee1.10001001.201.072.0
S. Oberg (L, 5-1)0.22331112.211.06-10.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela6.1
C. Bettis (BS, 1)0.1
J. McGee1.1
S. Oberg (L, 5-1)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda7.07222613.761.1016.0
P. Baez (BS, 2)1.02110202.880.901.0
K. Jansen (W, 3-2)1.01000203.310.9210.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda7.0
P. Baez (BS, 2)1.0
K. Jansen (W, 3-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Oberg (2)
  • IBB - S. Oberg (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 109-71, C. Bettis 4-3, J. McGee 15-8, S. Oberg 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 6-8, C. Bettis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 25, C. Bettis 2, J. McGee 5, S. Oberg 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 86-62, P. Baez 18-11, K. Jansen 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 6-9
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 30, P. Baez 5, K. Jansen 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Tapia LF50100020.261.302.446.7482.0
G. Hampson CF51200021.196.239.265.5034.0
D. Dahl RF41111112.319.370.524.8946.5
D. Murphy 1B41300012.273.318.454.7723.5
R. McMahon 2B30110112.263.342.409.7512.5
B. Rodgers SS30000005.224.272.250.5220.0
a- N. Arenado PH-3B10000011.324.386.588.973-0.5
T. Wolters C40210000.308.376.402.7794.0
P. Valaika 3B-SS40000012.056.171.083.254-0.5
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S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Rodgers in the 8th
  • b-flied out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson 1B30000011.233.328.558.886-0.5
a- K. Garlick PH10000000.318.375.6821.0570.0
P. Baez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Jansen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- W. Smith PH11131000.318.375.7731.1488.0
A. Verdugo CF40100000.302.352.489.8411.0
J. Turner 3B40000011.300.380.435.815-0.5
C. Bellinger RF30000101.349.444.6991.1431.0
M. Muncy 2B-1B30000111.280.382.533.9150.5
M. Beaty LF42200001.333.352.478.8304.0
E. Hernandez SS-2B41200011.212.282.388.6704.5
A. Barnes C20000001.220.318.373.6910.0
c- C. Taylor PH-SS21131011.245.315.447.7627.5
K. Maeda P20100010.286.286.357.6430.5
d- R. Martin PH-C11000100.260.367.350.7172.0
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HITTERSAB
J. Pederson 1B3
a- K. Garlick PH1
P. Baez P0
K. Jansen P0
b- W. Smith PH1
A. Verdugo CF4
J. Turner 3B4
C. Bellinger RF3
M. Muncy 2B-1B3
M. Beaty LF4
E. Hernandez SS-2B4
A. Barnes C2
c- C. Taylor PH-SS2
K. Maeda P2
d- R. Martin PH-C1
Total34
  • a-flied out for Pederson in the 7th
  • b-homered for Jansen in the 9th
  • c-homered for Barnes in the 7th
  • d-grounded out for Maeda in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Wolters (11)
  • HR - D. Dahl (8)
  • RBI - D. Dahl (37), R. McMahon (34), T. Wolters (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Dahl (11), R. McMahon (13), T. Wolters (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, R. McMahon, B. Rodgers 5 (5), P. Valaika, A. Senzatela
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Hernandez 2 (8)
  • HR - W. Smith (3), C. Taylor (8)
  • RBI - W. Smith 3 (6), C. Taylor 3 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Smith 3 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson, C. Bellinger, M. Muncy, M. Beaty, A. Barnes
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Tapia (3), G. Hampson (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela6.15221504.911.5715.5
C. Bettis (BS, 1)0.11110014.531.35-2.0
J. McGee1.10001001.201.072.0
S. Oberg (L, 5-1)0.22331112.211.06-10.5
Total8.2866362---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela6.1
C. Bettis (BS, 1)0.1
J. McGee1.1
S. Oberg (L, 5-1)0.2
Total8.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda7.07222613.761.1016.0
P. Baez (BS, 2)1.02110202.880.901.0
K. Jansen (W, 3-2)1.01000203.310.9210.0
Total9.010332101---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda7.0
P. Baez (BS, 2)1.0
K. Jansen (W, 3-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - S. Oberg (2)
  • IBB - S. Oberg (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 109-71, C. Bettis 4-3, J. McGee 15-8, S. Oberg 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 6-8, C. Bettis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 25, C. Bettis 2, J. McGee 5, S. Oberg 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 86-62, P. Baez 18-11, K. Jansen 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 6-9
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 30, P. Baez 5, K. Jansen 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Smith homered to center, Beaty and Martin scored36
  • 8TH INNING
    Wolters doubled to deep right, Murphy scored, Wolters to third33
  • 7TH INNING
    Taylor homered to left, Beaty and Hernandez scored23
  • 3RD INNING
    McMahon singled to left center, Hampson scored, Murphy to second20
  • 1ST INNING
    Dahl homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Pedro Baez
    • Charlie Blackmon hit for Jake McGee
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • G. Hampson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hampson singled to right center
    • D. Dahl: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hampson stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • M. Beaty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Beaty reached on an infield single to second
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez fouled out to first
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beaty to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • R. Martin: Martin intentionally walked
    • Will Smith hit for Kenley Jansen
    • W. Smith: Ball, Smith homered to center, Beaty and Martin scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Baez pitching
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to right
    • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Nolan Arenado hit for Brendan Rodgers
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters doubled to deep right, Murphy scored, Wolters to third
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Valaika flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. McGee Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Verdugo lined out to left
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner flied out to left
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • M. Muncy: Muncy flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded out to first
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hampson struck out looking
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Muncy grounded out to second
    • M. Beaty: Ball, Foul, Beaty reached on an infield single to second
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez doubled to deep right center, Beaty to third
    • Chris Taylor hit for Austin Barnes
    • Chad Bettis relieved Antonio Senzatela
    • C. Taylor: Taylor homered to left, Beaty and Hernandez scored
    • Russell Martin hit for Kenta Maeda
    • R. Martin: Foul, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
    • Jake McGee relieved Chad Bettis
    • Kyle Garlick hit for Joc Pederson
    • K. Garlick: Garlick flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Wolters lined out to left
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika flied out to center
    • A. Senzatela: Senzatela grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Foul, Verdugo flied out to right
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner lined out to second
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Bellinger flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Ball, Tapia singled to right
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Tapia stole second, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dahl walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, McMahon walked, Tapia to third, Dahl to second
    • B. Rodgers: Rodgers flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnes grounded out to second
    • K. Maeda: Maeda singled to center
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • A. Senzatela: Ball, Strike looking, Senzatela grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Beaty grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Tapia lined out to left
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Hampson singled to right
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Dahl lined out to left
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to center, Hampson to second
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Ball, McMahon singled to left center, Hampson scored, Murphy to second
    • B. Rodgers: Strike looking, Rodgers popped out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • K. Maeda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maeda struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pederson popped out to third
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Verdugo grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • B. Rodgers: Rodgers fouled out to first
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters singled to center
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike swinging, Valaika fouled out to first
    • A. Senzatela: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Senzatela struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • M. Beaty: Ball, Strike looking, Beaty flied out to left
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez doubled to left center
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnes popped out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • G. Hampson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Hampson flied out to deep right
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Dahl homered to center
    • D. Murphy: Murphy singled to left
    • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Verdugo singled to left center
    • J. Turner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner lined out to left
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bellinger lined out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)