McKinstry hits inside-the-park homer, Dodgers beat Rox 6-5

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DENVER – Zach McKinstry was robbed of a homer over the fence. So he settled for the inside-the-park variety instead.

Just another zany night at Coors Field, which included a delay to turn off a spraying fountain but no furry feline roaming the field like the night before.

It was McKinstry hustling around the bases for the go-ahead score in the eighth inning when left fielder Raimel Tapia reached over the fence to bring the ball back, only to have it bounce out of his glove and roll away as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Saturday.

“Expect the unexpected,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about the four-game series finale Sunday. “When you play here, that’s kind of what happens – not necessarily cats, but things happen here.”

Kenley Jansen got five outs to earn the save.

McKinstry lined a fastball from Mychal Givens (0-1) that resulted in his first major league homer. It also was the first inside-the-park homer by a Dodgers player since Chris Taylor on Sept. 18, 2017, at Philadelphia.

McKinstry’s drive was heading into the seats before Tapia made a sensational play as he crashed into the wall. The ball bounced away as a staggered Tapia fell to the ground before realizing the ball was still in play. McKinstry motored around bases and clapped as he crossed home plate.

Not exactly how he envisioned his first big league home run.

“Still a really cool story,” McKinstry said. “It will be one to tell later in life.”

Tapia left the game after the play with a little bit of whiplash and a sore neck.

“He should be fine,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Taylor added a valuable insurance run on an RBI double later in the eighth to make it 6-4.

Tapia also was involved in another wild play at the wall in left during the season opener when Cody Bellinger‘s deep liner hit off his glove and went over the fence for an apparent two-run homer. But in that case, Justin Turner, thinking Tapia caught the ball, retreated back to first base and was passed by Bellinger, who was credited with an RBI single and an out on the bases.

Another contest with another quirky moment at Coors Field – not even counting McKinstry’s two-out, inside-the-park homer.

This game was delayed for several minutes when Roberts asked that the fountains behind the wall in center be turned off because the spray was a distraction for his hitters. They usually go off in between innings.

Meanwhile, the fans did the wave.

On Friday night, a gray cat strolled across the diamond and into the outfield before being carried away.

“It’s definitely been a weird series, with the cat last night and the home run taken away with (Bellinger) and tonight with the waterfalls in center field and the inside-the-park home run,” said McKinstry, whose parents were on hand for the game. “It’s been very eventful.”

Victor Gonzalez got one out in the Rockies eighth before Trevor Story‘s run-scoring double made it 6-5. Jansen came to the rescue. He got two outs in the eighth with two on and then got Chris Owings to fly out to end the ninth.

Corey Seager had three of the 12 hits by the World Series champion Dodgers. They have 43 hits through three games.

Walker Buehler allowed two runs over six efficient innings in a no-decision. Blake Treinen (1-0) took over in the seventh and gave up a tying, two-run homer to Josh Fuentes.

Rockies starter Jon Gray was cruising along until the sixth. After a brief chat with Black and the trainer, Gray left with what the team called full-body cramping.

“I’ve never had a cramp like that before,” said Gray, who allowed one run and struck out seven. “It’s just more annoying than anything. I mean, I felt really good today.”


It was the first time a Dodgers player hit an inside-the-park shot for his first career home run since Hall of Fame slugger Duke Snider on May 2, 1948.


Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts and Turner were given the day off. Bellinger and Seager are expected to get a rest Sunday.

Rockies: INF Brendan Rodgers (strained hamstring) has resumed hitting and playing catch in Arizona.


Dodgers lefty Julio Urias will take the mound Sunday. Left-hander Austin Gomber makes his Rockies debut after being acquired in the trade that sent Nolan Arenado to St. Louis.

Ohtani homers twice, including career longest at 459 feet, Angels beat White Sox 12-5

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CHICAGO (AP) Shohei Ohtani homered in consecutive innings, including a 459-foot drive that was the longest of his Major League Baseball career, and drove in four runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 12-5 Wednesday.

Mike Trout put the Angels ahead 2-0 with a 476-foot home run in the first that was four rows shy of clearing the left field bleachers. Taylor Ward also went deep as the Angels hit four two-run homers plus a solo shot.

“Those are the guys you lean on,” manager Phil Nevin said. “They can certainly put the team on their backs and carry us and that’s what they did today.”

Ohtani drove a first-pitch fastball from Lance Lynn (4-6) just to left of straightaway center in the third, where the ball was dropped by a fan who tried to glove it. That 425-foot drive put the Angels ahead 4-1.

Lynn didn’t even bother to turn and look when Ohtani hit a full count fastball more than a dozen rows over the bullpen in right-center in the fourth. The two-way Japanese star is batting .269 with 15 homers and 38 RBIs to go along with a 5-1 record and 2.91 ERA.

“I’m feeling good right now,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I’m putting good swings on pitches I should be hitting hard.”

Ohtani increased his career total to 13 multihomer games with his first this season.

Trout pulled a hanging curve for his 13th home run. Ward hit a two-run homer against Jesse Scholtens in the seventh and Chad Wallach, pinch hitting for Ohtani, had a solo homer in the ninth off Garrett Crochet.

“Usually when that happens, we’re in a good spot to win,” Trout said.

Trout and Ohtani have homered in the same game for the fifth time this season. The Angels hit a pair of 450-foot or more home runs in the same game for the first time since Statcast started tracking in 2015.

Lynn allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks while hitting two batters in four innings, raising his ERA to 6.55. He has given up 15 home runs, one short of the major league high of Kansas City’s Jordan Lyles. Lynn had won his previous three starts.

“It seemed like he didn’t get away with any today,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “Just one of those days, man.”

Jaime Barria (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Los Angeles won two of three from the White Sox after being swept by Miami last weekend.

Jake Burger homered for Chicago, which has lost four of five. Burger hit his 11th homer in the ninth and Hanser Alberto had a two run double off Tucker Davidson.

Chicago’s Romy Gonzalez, who’d homered in three straight games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.


Twenty-three people became naturalized U.S. citizens during a pregame swearing-in behind home plate.


Angels: Trout fouled a pitch off his right leg in the fourth but remained in the game.

White Sox: INF Elvis Andrus (strained left oblique) and RHP Mike Clevinger (right wrist inflammation) are close to returning but Grifol wouldn’t elaborate on either player’s status.


Angels: Reid Detmers (0-4, 4.93) starts Thursday’s series opener at Houston against fellow LHP Framber Valdez (5-4, 2.38).

White Sox: Have not announced a starter for Friday’s series opener against visiting Detroit, which starts RHP Reese Olson in his major league debut. Olson is 2-3 with a 6.38 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Toledo.

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