LOS ANGELES -- The standing ovation of 44,654 people erupted through Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers walked out of their victory formation and into the dugout. The thunderous applause and hearty cheers were for an offense that turned its luck around and made itself a part of history.
Manager Dave Roberts described the final two games ahead of the All-Star break as “all hands on deck.” Well, it was the bats that awaited on deck that made the difference as the Dodgers got back in the win column.
The Dodgers crushed eight home runs -- including a pair of grand slams -- en route to a 22-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles’ 22 runs marked a season high as it pounded out 21 hits, including at least one from each spot in the lineup.
The grand slams were courtesy of Justin Turner and Mookie Betts, making the Dodgers the first team in MLB history to have a pair of two-slam games in the same season. AJ Pollock and Matt Beaty each hit grand slams in a 16-4 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee on May 2.
Entering the night, the Dodgers were averaging 3.8 runs over their previous five games, during which they went 1-4. They nearly tripled that average in two innings on Saturday.
The offensive barrage was in stark contrast to Friday, when Los Angeles scored two runs in its series-opening loss to Arizona. The Dodgers bounced back by putting up crooked numbers in the first, second, seventh and eighth innings, resulting in the most runs they've scored at Chavez Ravine since the ballpark opened in 1962.
"I think I saw something that it was a Dodger record," Roberts said. "But it's hard to score runs in this game, and to put up crooked numbers like we did, it's as good as I've ever seen."
The Dodgers capitalized on all three of their bases-loaded situations. Turner's grand slam came in the second, Betts' slam came in the seventh and Gavin Lux hit a three-run triple in the eighth.
"Just a new day. [That's] baseball. You have some stuff go your way,” said Pollock, who hit two solo homers. “Even today, like stuff could have [gone] the other way for us, too. We had a ball slip through and next thing you know, we got another guy [and it's] a grand slam.”
Turner’s grand slam was the first of his career and pushed Los Angeles' lead to 9-0 in the second. The 397-foot homer was the last bit of action for a bit from the Dodgers, who went scoreless the next four innings. But with the early offense -- which also featured Max Muncy's two-run double, Cody Bellinger's two-run homer and a Pollock solo shot -- Los Angeles already had more than enough for a win.
Then, the Dodgers used three homers to score seven runs in the seventh. Betts’ fifth career grand slam was followed by homers from Zach McKinstry and Albert Pujols later in the frame.
Pollock and Pujols each hit their second homers of the night in a six-run eighth.
The Dodgers have thrived because of their big offensive innings this season. It’s helped them stay near the top of the National League West standings, as they're now 55-35 and two games back of the first-place Giants. They also have a three-game advantage over the Padres in third.
“I think it's a byproduct of us always finding guys to get on base, by way of either the hit, the walk,” Roberts said. “So when you can continue to stress pitchers, and then you get a double or a homer, those things happen."