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Dodgers power through Mets to sweep series

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles salvages road trip with powerful performance before heading back home.

The bats finally broke out for the Dodgers in a massive 10-3 win against the Mets to sweep the series on Wednesday. With 16 hits, the offense showed up big late in the game, scoring seven runs in the final two innings. 

Veteran lefty James Paxton has been one of the most reliable starters for the Dodgers, but he was used as more of an opener on Wednesday. He went three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out three. Ideally, this is the role that Paxton is suited for, so there may end up being more of these short outings in the future. 

When the Dodgers have needed offense late in games, they have produced in New York. Will Smith’s ninth homer of the season and second of the game untied the knot at 3 to give the Dodgers the lead in the eighth inning and the floodgates opened up after that.

Miguel Rojas singled home a run, Miguel Vargas doubled two runs in, Shohei Ohtani launched an opposite field home run and Jason Heyward homered to right field to put the Dodgers up 10-3 for good. 

The Dodgers are now 36-22 and in first place in the National League West. 

Here are the takeaways:

Will Smith Hits 100th Career Home Run

With his second home run of the game on Wednesday, Will Smith became the 35th player in Dodgers history to reach 100 home runs. Smith crushed the baseball in New York, raising his average back up to .296 with his three hit game. 

The entire offense was in a funk dating back to last week, but since the Dodgers arrived in Queens, Will Smith has taken off.

He hit three home runs in a span of two games and broke the tie late in the game on Wednesday. If Smith can continue his hot start to the season, he should be the starting catcher in July’s All-Star Game. 

Bullpen Overcomes Slip-Up

Elieser Hernandez was the only pitcher to give up runs for the entire pitching staff (three earned without getting a single out), while everyone else dominated the Mets lineup. 

Yohan Ramirez, Michael Grove, Anthony Banda, Blake Treinen and Ryan Yarbrough threw six innings of scoreless baseball to hold the Mets to only three runs and give the offense the chance to explode late in the game. 

The bullpen has been a staple and calling card for the Dodgers (fourth in the league in bullpen ERA), keeping them in games night after night and holding leads when the offense does their job. With Evan Phillips and Joe Kelly returning soon, this pitching staff could be one of the best in baseball. 

Road Trip Ends On High Note

After a very disappointing sweep against the Cincinnati Reds, the Dodgers were amidst their longest losing streak since 2019. Then, late in game one of the doubleheader against the Mets, they struck and never looked back. 

Since that Chris Taylor squeeze, the team has scored 16 runs in 20 innings. 

Sometimes all you need is one or two things to go your way, or one or two at-bats to change your fortune in baseball, and the Dodgers used that late rally to continue momentum. 

The road trip now ends at an even 3-3, but it could have been disastrous if not for two late comebacks in New York. 

The Dodgers have a travel day before coming back home to face the Rockies. Walker Buehler takes the mound against Dakota Hudson for Colorado. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM PST at Dodger Stadium.