Cody Bellinger’s patience pays off as Dodgers win in 10th

first_imgRoberts said that when a team is as hot as his, it instills a fear in opposing teams that things are going to get away from them eventually. That moment came when Chase Utley, Corey Seager and Justin Turner all walked to load the bases in the bottom of the 10th with no outs. The Royals changed pitchers, replacing lefty Scott Alexander with right-hander Kelvin Herrera, to face Bellinger, but the result was the same as Utley scored on a six-pitch walk.Bellinger ended his 11-game home run drought with the tying run in the bottom of the eighth that answered Salvador Perez’s go-ahead solo shot from the top of the inning. The Dodgers’ rookie All-Star was 2 for 3 with two RBI, a homer, a double and two walks.“For me, I’m just trying to finish the half out strong,” Bellinger said. “It’s going to be a constant up and down throughout the year and the career. You just gotta ride out the highs as long as you can.”A two-run home run from Joc Pederson in the second and a sac fly from Justin Turner in the third held up on the scoreboard until Brandon Morrow entered in relief in the seventh. Morrow relinquished three singles and walk in only one-third of an inning as Whit Merrifield tied the game at 3-3 with a single in the seventh.Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy allowed one hit in the first three innings, but four straight Royals reached base to start the fourth. The 34-year-old righty got out of the inning with only one run, which came on an RBI single from Salvador Perez. Pederson saved a run as the center fielder fired a bullet home and gunned down Jorge Bonifacio on a single from Eric Hosmer. LOS ANGELES >> With chants of “Co-dy! Co-dy! Co-dy!” ringing through Dodger Stadium, Cody Bellinger lifted his bat and waited. For his moment. For his pitch. For his team’s win.The hard-swinging Bellinger was rewarded for his patience as he drew a bases-loaded walk to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, in 10 innings Saturday after he also drove in the tying run on a solo homer in the eighth.The Dodgers (60-29) vaulted over the Houston Astros for the best record in baseball as they’ve reached 60 wins before the All-Star Game for the first time since 1974. They’ve won 25 of their past 29, including 17 of 18 at Dodger Stadium. Saturday was the team’s sixth extra-innings victory this season and sixth walk-off win.“(We have) the confidence that as long as there are still outs left to be had, we’ll play to the end,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The Royals added another run in the fifth as Merrifield scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch. McCarthy, who was recalled from the disabled list due to right knee tendonitis Saturday, walked the next batter, but forced a pop up from Lorenzo Cain to end the inning.McCarthy said a poor arm angle resulted in the bad pitches, but he still kept Roberts’ confidence to return for the sixth. He finished his day with six hits and two runs, one of which was earned, with two walks and one strikeout in six innings.“It was a nice confidence boost,” McCarthy said of being able to return to the sixth. “It lets you know that guys are behind you, they have faith in you to get things figured out.”When asked of his team’s ability to rally from nearly any position, McCarthy said he’s been around only a few clubs that were surrounded by the same feeling. One was the 2005 White Sox team that won the World Series.“From the beginning to this point now, having that feeling carry itself through is unique,” he said. “I think we’re kind of making that our trend.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more