Los Angeles, CA — —The LA Dodgers have a flair for late innings theatrics and Friday’s game was no different.
The Dodgers trailed 3-1 after six, Jake Lamb hit a homer in the seventh, Mookie Betts drove in Zach McKinstry with his fly ball to the left-field wall just missing a grand slam, and Will Smith hit the winning single in the 10th to lift the LA Dodgers past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Friday night for their eighth straight win against the Cubs.
Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Rowan Wick (1-4) in the 10th before Smith’s single to left drove in Trea Turner.
The Dodgers also moved to an NL-best 28-13 at home this year.
“It was a grind,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team improved to 8-1 on a season-high 11-game homestand. “This was a tough one. It’s one of those that we stole, I feel.”
Evan Phillips (3-3) got three outs for the win as the NL-leading LA Dodgers improved to 5-0 against the Cubs this season.
Shortstop Nico Hoerner homered for the Cubs, and Ian Happ made it 3-0 with a two-run double in the sixth. Keegan Thompson pitched 5 2/3 innings yielded two hits and an unearned run.
The Dodgers scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth. Freeman doubled with two outs and scored when Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki dropped Smith’s fly ball.
“You’ll have to ask him,” Cubs manager David Ross said when asked about Suzuki’s error. “Players make mistakes sometimes. It’s a really hard game to play and sometimes things happen. I’m sure he wished he would have caught it.”
Suzuki declined to take questions from the media afterward. Following the misplay, Ross replaced Thompson with right-hander Chris Martin.
“I thought their guy (Thompson) threw really well,” Smith said. “We were missing his fastball, he had that going today and keeping us off balance. But we didn’t give up, stayed in the ballgame and got it done.”
Los Angeles’s rally came in the ninth inning against David Robertson starting with a leadoff single from Justin Turner. Jake Lamb walked, Cody Bellinger grounded into a fielder’s choice and Gavin Lux walked to load the bases before Betts hit his sacrifice fly deep to left-center.
Will Smith walked it off for the Dodgers in the 10th after they tied it off Robertson in the bottom of the 9th and the stadium erupted after his single.
“He kind of lost a feel for where his pitches were going, falling behind in counts, not being able to get in the zone, that’s all,” Ross said of Robertson.
Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson gave up three runs and five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was just the fourth time in 14 starts, going at least seven innings.
“It was a big win, and not too much cost for the bullpen,” Roberts said. “Tyler being able to get us that last inning, that seventh inning, was huge. Another quality start for Tyler, and gave us a chance to use the right guys in the pen.”
Dodgers: RHP Brusdar Graterol (side) will not go on the injured list after coming out of Thursday’s game against the Cubs, manager Dave Roberts saying his pitcher is “in a good spot.” LHP Andrew Heaney had a bullpen session Friday as he continues his return from his second bout with shoulder inflammation.
Cubs: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-5, 5.32 ERA) will return from shoulder inflammation to make his first start in over a month.
Dodgers: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.57) will make his final home start before the All-Star break.