The Los Angeles Dodgers’ solid lineup may be getting even stronger. Rookie catcher Will Smith homered and drove in six runs, leading Clayton Kershaw and the visiting Dodgers over the Washington Nationals 9-3 on Saturday.
Playing in his 10th major-league game, Smith homered in the third inning, hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, doubled home a run in the sixth, and broke the game open in the seventh with a bases-loaded double off the wall in left-center.
“We have a long lineup as it is, but when you get a guy (at catcher) who can turn the lineup over or who can drive runs in, it’s just really tough to navigate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To do what he does behind the plate, a two-way player, it’s pretty special.”
Smith is hitting .345 with four homers and 12 RBIs, including a walk-off home run against the Rockies on June 23.
Kershaw (9-2) settled in after allowing two first-inning runs, giving up three hits with nine strikeouts and three walks through the sixth.
Yan Gomes homered for Washington, which has lost three straight for first time since a five-game skid May 19-23.
Brewers 5, Cubs 3: Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura hit home runs in the 10th inning off Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel and host Milwaukee rallied past Chicago. Yelich opened the 10th with his majors-leading 36th homer, tying it at 3.
Astros 8, Cardinals 2: Carlos Correa hit his first career grand slam for visiting Houston. Paul Goldschmidt homered for the sixth consecutive game for St. Louis.
Braves 15, Phillies 7: Ozzie Albies hit a grand slam, Ronald Acuna Jr., Ender Inciarte and Adam Duvall also homered and visiting Atlanta routed Philadelphia. The Braves pounded Zach Eflin (7-11) for 10 runs in less than three innings.
Reds 3, Rockies 1: Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run homer, Josh VanMeter added a solo shot, and host Cincinnati beat Colorado.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2: Nick Ahmed hit a grand slam and an RBI double in leading visiting Arizona past Miami. Ahmed’s homer off starter Jordan Yamamoto highlighted a six-run fourth inning.
Red Sox 9, Yankees 5: J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi homered as host Boston beat New York for the third straight day. It was the sixth straight game in which the Red Sox have scored eight or more runs against the Yankees.
Mets 3, Pirates 0: Steven Matz threw a five-hitter for his first complete game in 90 major-league starts, and host New York got home runs from Michael Conforto and J.D. Davis in a victory over Pittsburgh.
Mariners 8, Tigers 1: Ryan Court drove in three runs in his first big-league start, rookie Austin Nola also had three RBIs and host Seattle beat Detroit. Nola hit a two-run triple in the fourth inning and the 31-year-old Court had an RBI single for his first hit.
White Sox 5, Twins 1: Yoan Moncada homered, Ivan Nova threw two-hit ball through six innings and host Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota.
Indians 9, Royals 1: Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the first inning, and Mike Clevinger struck out seven as Cleveland defeated host Kansas City.
Blue Jays 10, Rays 9: Teoscar Hernandez led off the 12th inning with a home run and host Toronto completed a comeback from a seven-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay.
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