Justin Turner shakes off rough month with two homers in Dodgers win

Justin Turner strikes his 2nd homer of the video game in the seventh inning versus Padres starter Joe Musgrove in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win Thursday at Dodger Stadium. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Plenty of Dodgers players have actually swooned in June however couple of more significantly than Justin Turner, who struck .209 without any homers and 8 RBIs in his very first 24 video games of the month.

But that didn’t shake supervisor Dave Roberts’ self-confidence in the veteran 3rd baseman. Roberts kept plugging Turner into the middle of the order due to the fact that of his capability to produce in the clutch, mentioning Turner’s 38 RBIs, fourth-most on the group, and .286 average with runners in scoring position going into Thursday night.

Roberts’ faith was rewarded in the opener of a four-game series versus the National League West-competing San Diego Padres when Turner struck 2 crowning achievement, consisting of a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh inning, to lead the Dodgers to a 3-1 triumph prior to a sellout crowd of 53,094 in Chavez Ravine.

Turner followed a one-out walk to Max Muncy in the seventh by driving a 1-and-1 cut-fastball from Padres ace Joe Musgrove 404 feet over the right-center field wall for his 13th profession multi-homer video game and a 3-1 lead.

“We’ve said all along that Justin is a guy who in big spots, big moments, knows how to drive in a run,” Roberts stated. “This was a big game, and he rose to the occasion like we’ve seen many times before. That’s as good a swing as I’ve seen him take this year, going to the big part of the field late at night for a home run.”

Most of this season has actually been a grind for Turner, who is batting .227 with a .673 on-base-plus-slugging portion, 6 homers and 41 RBIs, however he stated he seemed like he was getting “pretty close to breaking out” over the recently or two.

“Yeah, obviously I haven’t felt great, but you still show up every day and play the game and try to find ways to help our team win ballgames,” Turner stated. “Eventually, you feel like it’s gonna click, and tonight, I got good results.”

Dodgers left-hander Justin Bruihl, right-hander Evan Phillips and left-hander Alex Vesia integrated for 3⅓ scoreless, one-hit innings in relief of starter Mitch White, and better Craig Kimbrel started out 2 of 3 in a best ninth for his 14th save, as the Dodgers opened an 11-game homestand on a high note.

They handled just 5 hits Thursday night however discovered a method to beat San Diego’s finest pitcher — Musgrove is still 8-2 with a 2.25 period and he has quality starts in 13 of his 14 video games. They likewise extended their National League West-result in 2 1/2 video games over the Padres.

The Padres staked Musgrave to a 1-0 lead in the very first when Manny Machado, who missed out on the previous 9 video games due to the fact that of a left-ankle injury,

doubled to left field and scored on Nomar Mazara’s two-out RBI single to right-center.

Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel shouts after closing out a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Dodgers better Craig Kimbrel yells after liquidating a 3-1 triumph over the San Diego Padres. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

The Padres threatened once again in the 2nd when they packed the bases with one out on Trent Grisham’s single, Ha-Seong Kim’s walk and C.J. Abrams’ bunt single.

Grisham tagged on Jurickson Profar’s fly ball to medium right, however Chris Taylor, substituting hurt ideal fielder Mookie Betts, gunned a 96.3-mph one-hop toss to the plate, and catcher Will Smith made a great scoop-and-swipe of a tag to nail Grisham to end the inning. According to Statcast, it was the Dodgers’ fastest-tracked outfield help because the start of 2020.

“You miss Mookie a lot, but I don’t know if Mookie could have done a better job on that play right there,” Roberts stated. “And that was a game-changing play. We don’t get him, Machado is up [with two on] and it’s a different ballgame.”

Taylor went through elbow surgical treatment last winter season and stated he couldn’t have actually made that include April, however his arm has actually gotten more powerful as the season has actually advanced.

Dodgers catcher Will Smith tags out San Diego's Trent Grisham at home plate.

Dodgers catcher Will Smith, left, tags out San Diego’s Trent Grisham in the house plate on a toss by left fielder Chris Taylor in the 2nd inning. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers starting pitcher Mitch White delivers in the first inning against the Padres.

Dodgers beginning pitcher Mitch White provides in the very first inning versus the Padres. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

“I was fortunate to be able to catch it moving in, so I had all my momentum going home,” Taylor stated. “I was just trying to get rid of it as quick as I can, and Will made a great play. He’s picked me up twice on some short hops this year.”

The Dodgers connected ball game 1-1 in the 2nd when Turner drove a 92-mph fastball from Musgrove over the wall in left-center for a solo homer, his very first homer because May 18.

White faced more problem in the 5th when Profar slapped a one-out double to left and took 3rd on a wild pitch. But White started out Machado with an 85-mph slider, and Bruihl came on to whiff Jake Cronenworth with an 88-mph slider up in the zone.

The Dodgers got some excellent news prior to the video game when they discovered the schedule for the return of Mookie Betts from a right-rib fracture was gone up by a week to 10 days.

The ideal fielder took batting practice, played catch and took grounders at 2nd base Thursday. The group at first believed Betts would return near the All-Star break. But after consulting Betts, Roberts stated the vibrant leadoff guy might return by early next week.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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