LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts launched his career-high 36th home run, David Peralta went 3 for 4 and drove in a pair of runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win at home.
Clayton Kershaw (12-4) allowed one run and three hits in five innings, struck out five and walked three. He tied Don Drysdale (209) for second on the franchise wins list.
“I don’t know that I ever got going, honestly,” Kershaw said. “Another one that wasn’t super pretty. It’s pretty impressive what our team’s doing right now. Everybody from Mookie on down contributed.”
The Dodgers pounded out 16 hits while improving to 23-4 in August. Freddie Freeman leads the majors with 176 hits, but he was the only Dodger without one. Jason Heyward was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while Chris Taylor was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run on his 33rd birthday and his bobblehead night.
“It was a complete win, full offense, baserunning, defense, pitching,” Taylor said. “We’ve just been playing really good baseball and kind of taking that mentality of passing the baton to the next guy has been working for us.”
Betts sent a 428-foot shot into left-center on the first pitch from reliever Scott McGough leading off the sixth. One out later, Will Smith homered, extending the lead to 9-1. Betts and Freeman took the rest of the night off.
Kershaw is working his way back from being sidelined by left shoulder inflammation. He returned Aug. 10 from a stint on the IL and the Dodgers are carefully managing the 35-year-old lefty.
“Clearly he didn’t have his best stuff, but he was going to get through five innings,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He showed grit to find a way to get the job done.”
The Dodgers jumped on Merrill Kelly (10-6) in the first, scoring three runs. Former Diamondback Peralta had a RBI double down the first-base line and Jason Heyward added a two-run RBI double, giving the Dodgers 301 runs with two outs this season.
“We got to a really good pitcher who’s having a great year,” Taylor said about Kelly.
Miguel Rojas’ had a RBI single in the second and the Dodgers led 6-0 in the third on Peralta’s RBI single and Taylor’s RBI double.
Arizona’s lone run was a solo shot by Corbin Carroll leading off the fifth.