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For third straight day, Dodgers’ rookie delivers walk-off hit vs. Rockies

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The Dodgers’ latest feat is so specific that it’s hard to believe it’s true, but it is: For the third consecutive day, a Dodgers’ rookie delivered a walk-off hit against the Rockies.

On Friday, the Dodgers broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth when Matt Beaty belted a two-run home run off of Jairo Díaz. In the 11th inning on Saturday, Alex Verdugo slugged a walk-off solo homer off of Jesús Tinoco.

After putting up a three-spot in the seventh inning of Sunday’s series finale, the Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth tied 3-3. Beaty drew a leadoff walk, but the Dodgers then made two quick outs. In the process, Beaty managed to advance to second base on a wild pitch by reliever Scott Oberg. That proved to be important as manager Bud Black chose to intentionally walk Russell Martin to bring up rookie Will Smith. You know what happens next. He got jiggy with it. (I am so, so sorry, but I couldn’t resist.)

Entering Sunday’s action, Beaty had accrued all of 67 plate appearances in the majors. Verdugo is much more seasoned with 357 plate appearances. Smith had only 23 trips to the dish.

After Sunday’s win, the Dodgers are now 54-25, 13 games ahead of the second-place 40-36 Rockies in the NL West. It’s wild to think that that gap would have been just seven games if not for the trio of Dodger rookies.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”