Dodgers defeat Twins 8-5 to extend winning streak to 10

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LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, Joey Gallo added a three-run shot in the seventh and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-high winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

It is the first time since July 2017 that the Dodgers have put together a double-digit winning streak. It is also their third straight series sweep and 14th of the season.

Max Muncy also went deep for Los Angeles, which has the majors’ best record at 77-33 and is 16 games in front of second-place San Diego in the NL West.

Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez homered for Minnesota (57-53), which fell out of the AL Central lead after its loss and Cleveland’s win at Detroit.

Taylor, who came off the injured list last Friday after missing 26 games with a broken left foot, gave the Dodgers a 5-4 advantage with his first home run since June 3, a solo shot to left field off reliever Michael Fulmer (4-5).

Gallo came on as a pinch hitter and provided some breathing room with a three-run drive to left-center. It was the Dodgers’ second pinch-hit homer of the season and the second of Gallo’s career.

David Price (1-0), the third of six Dodgers pitchers, got the win.

The Twins had a 4-2 lead in the fifth after a three-run homer by Polanco in the second and Sanchez’s solo shot in the fifth off starter Ryan Pepiot.

Mookie Betts started Los Angeles’ comeback with a double in the bottom half and he scored on Trea Turner‘s single. Turner stole second and the Dodgers tied it at 4 on Will Smith’s RBI double.

Muncy led off the second by lining an elevated sinker from starter Sonny Gray over the right-field wall. Cody Bellinger extended the lead to 2-0 later in the inning when his sacrifice fly drove in Justin Turner.

Minnesota responded with a three-run third capped by Polanco’s drive to right field.

TICKET WINDOW

Freddie Freeman bobblehead night drew the largest crowd in the majors this season at 53,432. It was the Dodgers’ 13th sellout of the year.

FOR STARTERS

Gray had given up only two earned runs in three starts since the All-Star break but ran into problems against the Dodgers. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – and six hits. He struck out five.

Pepiot was called up for his fourth stint this season and allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in four of five innings. Pepiot struck out four but gave up four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

THEY DON’T LIKE LA

The Twins dropped all four games to the Dodgers this season. Minnesota was outscored 32-10 and has lost 10 straight in the series dating to 2014.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Dustin May will make one more rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday before being activated off the injured list. Manager Dave Roberts said May, who had Tommy John surgery 15 months ago, could likely pitch when Los Angeles returns home to face Miami in a weekend series beginning Aug. 19. … LHP Clayton Kershaw (back) did some light tossing during pregame workouts.

UP NEXT

Twins: Remain in Southern California for a three-game series against the Angels. RHP Tyler Mahle (5-7, 4.49 ERA) makes his second start for Minnesota since being acquired from Cincinnati.

Dodgers: Continue interleague play with three games in Kansas City starting Friday. RHP Tony Gonsolin (13-1, 2.30 ERA) gets the call in the series opener.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.