LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager extended his MLB-leading 17-game hit streak as the rookie shortstop's seventh-inning triple keyed the Dodgers' 7-5 comeback win over the Orioles on Monday night.
Seager's two-hit performance was part of a dramatic night that saw two innings with multiple runs from both teams. J.J. Hardy was the star on the Orioles' side, hitting a pair of doubles to drive Baltimore's offense.
Baltimore has a season-high five-game losing streak and saw its American League East lead whittled to two games. The Dodgers, meanwhile, extended their win streak at home to 10 games.
"We're still not at the All-Star break yet, so we have a lot of baseball to play," Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said. "The big thing is trying to fix what's going wrong and just working and moving forward. We know that the answer is going to come in here in this clubhouse and it's just a matter of getting there."
Neither of the game's starting pitchers lasted past the fourth inning, as Julio Urias and Yovani Gallardo both struggled with command. While Urias has performed well in his previous five outings, this could be his last start with the Dodgers for a while due to the club's need to clear a roster spot for the returning Hyun-Jin Ryu, who starts Thursday for the first time since the playoffs in 2014.
"I thought he was just missing on some pitches," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Urias. "Really throwing to the big part of the plate, couldn't get the ball down, missing to the middle, couldn't command his breaking ball. He competed out there, but those are some good hitters."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Yas and Yas:Yasiel Puig got the Dodgers' scoring going in the second inning with a mammoth home run to left-center, his seventh of the year. Yasmani Grandal followed by crushing a shot to right field. The two homers combined to travel 823 feet per Statcast™. Puig's also kept his hot streak since his return from the DL going, as he's now hitting .381 in 13 games since returning from a hamstring injury.
"Yasiel, he's sneaking some hits in there and playing the heck out of right field as he's done all year," Roberts said. "Playing hard and for him to hit the ball out of the ballpark, I think that was a little sigh of relief for him. He's bound to get hot, we've all seen it."
Some outs are harder than others:Manny Machado finished the game hitless, but it's not like he was going quietly into the night. His first two outs topped 100 mph into play per Statcast™, but slick fielding from Chase Utley and Justin Turner left him with nothing to show for it. It wasn't like Machado was hurting for hits though, as he's still hitting .325.
Seager's triple: With the game tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, Seager put the lead run on third with a triple to right field. All told, it probably should have been a double, but Seager, helmet flying into the air as he rounded second, hustled into third and beat Mark Trumbo's throw. Turner hit a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to score Seager and give the Dodgers the final lead.
"Kind of that point in the game, have to get to third," Seager said. "If you get thrown out, nobody's going to be mad at you. You have to be on third to get two chances to score." More
Gallardo the latest short stat: Gallardo gave the Orioles their third consecutive start of 4 1/3 innings or shorter with his four-inning outing. The righty's inability to get deep into the game hardly singles him out -- Baltimore's starters have pitched to a 7.91 ERA over the past six games, allowing 29 earned runs over 33 innings.
"I had to battle from the first hitter on," Gallardo said. "Command wasn't there like it was the last game. I was falling behind guys, and it's hard. It's hard to pitch at this level having to do that. Just wasn't consistent. I got some big strikeouts to get out of some jams, walked the next hitter. It just can't happen especially when guys put runs on the board early in the game. You've got to put up zeros." More >
"One thing is how long the innings are. You'd like to get on and off the field, too. They put a lot of good at-bats together, but we are really having to pitch people in situations that their best skills are not really suited for that situation. But it is what it is." -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter on his rotation giving way to an overworked bullpen
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
With Chris Taylor on first and one out in the eighth, Howie Kendrick lined a double into the right field corner that seemed to score Taylor in a close play. Baltimore challenged the call at the plate, but the review confirmed that the sliding Taylor beat Wieters' glove, giving the Dodgers a 7-5 lead.
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Seager's streak is the longest in the National League this season, passing Ben Zobrist and Marcell Ozuna's 16-game marks.
The Dodgers' Fourth of July pregame festivities featured a pair of bald eagles flying down to the field from the top of the park, but one eagle might have taken the day's theme of freedom a little too seriously. The bird soared over its handler and flew out of view through the center-field gate to the laughter of the crowd. Its patriotic performance over, the eagle was quickly secured and is back at its home in the Los Angeles Zoo.
Orioles: The O's Opening Day starter, Chris Tillman has been on a bit of a slide. The righty has allowed 14 earned runs over his last 14 2/3 innings. He'll try to rebound Tuesday against the Dodgers at 10:10 p.m. ET.
Dodgers:Kenta Maeda takes the mound at 7:10 p.m. PT Tuesday as he continues what has been an excellent rookie season. The Japanese right-hander holds a 2.82 ERA and an 8.6 K/9.
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