Freeman, Dodgers edge Marlins 3-2 in 10 innings

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MIAMI – Chris Martin has exceeded the Los Angeles Dodgers’ expectations since they traded for him in late July.

The well-traveled reliever inherited a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th inning and got the final two outs as the NL-West leading Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Monday night.

“He came over here and just allowed us to poke holes or add to his mix and find out what plays best,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “and he’s just been all in, whether the location, the sequencing, what pitches he decides to use. He’s been bought in from the get-go.”

Freddie Freeman drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder in the top half of the inning.

Trea Turner had his 1,000th career hit with an infield single against reliever Huascar Brazoban (0-1) to begin the Dodgers 10th, advancing automatic runner Cody Bellinger to third.

Freeman hit a grounder to first baseman Charles Leblanc, who got a forceout at second as Bellinger scored. Freeman had two earlier hits and leads the majors with 163.

Jon Berti walked to lead off the bottom half against reliever Craig Kimbrel (4-5) and Brian Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice, advancing automatic runner Joey Wendle to third. Kimbrel then walked JJ Bleday.

Martin relieved Kimbrel and struck out Garrett Cooper and retired Jacob Stallings on a popout to first for his first save since posting one for Atlanta last year.

“There’s nothing like experiencing those situations,” Martin said. “Obviously, the playoffs kind of help you with that in the regular season. But these games count, in my opinion, just as much. Just go out there and just compete every single pitch. That’s all I try to do.”

Now with his sixth big league team, the Dodgers got the 36-year-old right-hander from the Chicago Cubs for utilityman Zach McKinstry.

The Dodgers, with a major league-best 89 wins, took three of four in the series.

“You’re going to have to win these games in the postseason,” Turner said, “so a little bit of practice, a little bit of intensity and adrenaline – these last four games were pretty tough for the most part. They played us really well this series. We had to battle for these three wins.”

The game had been tied since the fifth, when Lewin Diaz hit an RBI single for Miami to make it 2-2.

The Dodgers jumped ahead in the third after Will Smith hit a two-run shot over the center field for his 19th home run of the season. Smith, the Dodgers’ All-Star catcher, was named to Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, which will be played in spring 2023. He is joining teammate Mookie Betts, who announced last week that he’ll be on the team.

“As a kid, dreaming and seeing people put on the USA jersey, you hope that one day you’d be in that position and have that opportunity,” Smith said.

Joey Wendle hit a leadoff double in the Miami first and later scored on Brian Anderson’s groundout to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead.

Earlier in the day, the Dodgers placed All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin on the injured list because of a strained right forearm. Gonsolin has an NL-best 2.10 ERA and is tied with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Atlanta’s Kyle Wright for the most wins in the majors at 16.

Michael Grove was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and started in Gonsolin’s place. The right-hander allowed five hits, two runs, walked one and struck out four in 4 2/3 innings.

Diaz and Wendle had two hits for the Marlins, who were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

“We had chances in the game to win it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said, “but we just weren’t able to get that hit to get us a run.”

Betts, a six-time All-Star who homered in the first three games of the series, didn’t start but came in as a defensive replacement in the 10th.

Marlins starter Pablo Lopez was lifted after six innings. He allowed two runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six.

“I felt really good today,” Lopez said. “I think we had a really good mix. We picked our times to keep the fastball alive and picked times to give good hitters a different look. But one time I tried to keep the fastball too alive to Will Smith, who’s a really good hitter.”

BERTI’S LEAPING CATCH

Berti halted the Dodgers’ scoring threat in the first with a leaping catch at third base to rob Justin Turner of a base hit and keep the game scoreless.

TRAINERS ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back soreness) threw a bullpen session on Monday and continues to improve toward a possible return later this week.

Marlins: INF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (right lower back strain) is completing core and lifting programs at the team’s spring training complex in Jupiter, but has not started baseball activities.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (2-1, 1.94) will start the opener of a three-game series at the NL East-leading New York Mets on Tuesday night. The Mets will start RHP Tajuan Walker (10-3, 3.38).

Marlins: LHP Jesus Luzardo (3-5, 3.34) will start the opener of a two-game series against Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays will start LHP Shane McClanahan (11-5,2.20).

Yankees star Judge hits 61st home run, ties Maris’ AL record

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TORONTO — Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a season, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run drive for the New York Yankees in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old slugger drove a 94.5 mph belt-high sinker with a full-count from left-hander Tim Mayza over the left-field fence at Rogers Centre. The 117.4 mph drive took just 3.8 seconds to land 394 feet from the plate, and it put the Yankees ahead 5-3.

Judge watched the ball clank off the front of the stands, just below two fans who reached over a railing and tried for a catch. He pumped an arm just before reaching first and exchanged a slap with coach Travis Chapman.

The ball dropped into Toronto’s bullpen and was picked up by Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, who turned it over to the Yankees.

Judge’s mother and Roger Maris Jr. rose and hugged from front-row seats. He appeared to point toward them after rounding second base, then was congratulated by the entire Yankees team, who gave him hugs after he crossed the plate.

Judge moved past the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which had stood as the major league mark until Maris broke it in 1961. All three stars reached those huge numbers playing for the Yankees.

Barry Bonds holds the big league record of 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

Judge had gone seven games without a home run – his longest drought this season was nine in mid-August. This was the Yankees’ 155th game of the season, leaving them seven more in the regular season.

The home run came in the fourth plate appearance of the night for Judge, ending a streak of 34 plate appearances without a home run.

Judge is hitting .313 with 130 RBIs, also the top totals in the AL. He has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

Maris hit No. 61 for the Yankees on Oct. 1, 1961, against Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard.

Maris’ mark has been exceeded six times, but all have been tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year, and Bonds topped him. Sammy Sosa had 66, 65 and 63 during a four-season span starting in 1998.

McGwire admitted using banned steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performing-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball started testing with penalties for PEDs in 2004, and some fans – perhaps many – until now have considered Maris the holder of the “clean” record.

Among the tallest batters in major league history, the 6-foot-7 Judge burst on the scene on Aug. 13, 2016, homering off the railing above Yankee Stadium’s center-field sports bar and into the netting above Monument Park. He followed Tyler Austin to the plate and they become the first teammates to homer in their first major league at-bats in the same game.

Judge hit 52 homers with 114 RBIs the following year and was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award. Injuries limited him during the following three seasons, and he rebounded to hit 39 homers with 98 RBIs in 2021.

As he approached his last season before free agent eligibility, Judge on opening day turned down the Yankees’ offer of an eight-year contract worth from $230.5 million to $234.5 million. The proposal included an average of $30.5 million annually from 2023-29, with his salary this year to be either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million requested by the player.

An agreement was reached in June on a $19 million, one-year deal, and Judge heads into this offseason likely to get a contract from the Yankees or another team for $300 million or more, perhaps topping $400 million.

Judge hit six homers in April, 12 in May and 11 in June. He earned his fourth All-Star selection and entered the break with 33 homers. He had 13 homers in July and dropped to nine in August, when injuries left him less protected in the batting order and pitchers walked him 25 times.

He became just the fifth player to hold a share of the AL season record. Nap Lajoie hit 14 in the AL’s first season as a major league in 1901, and Philadelphia Athletics teammate Socks Seabold had 16 the next year, a mark that stood until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919. Ruth set the record four times in all, with 54 in 1920, 59 in 1921 and 60 in 1927, a mark that stood until Maris’ 61 in 1961.

Maris was at 35 in July 1961 during the first season each team’s schedule increased from 154 games to 162, and baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ruled if anyone topped Ruth in more than 154 games “there would have to be some distinctive mark in the record books to show that Babe Ruth’s record was set under a 154-game schedule.”

That “distinctive mark” became known as an “asterisk” and it remained until Sept. 4, 1991, when a committee on statistical accuracy chaired by Commissioner Fay Vincent voted unanimously to recognize Maris as the record holder.