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Chris Taylor’s walk-off home run in 10th expands Dodgers’ NL West lead over Rockies – Daily News

Chris Taylor’s walk-off home run in 10th expands Dodgers’ NL West lead over Rockies – Daily News
  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #Three is surrounded by teammates after he hit a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 takes the sector for the primary inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado #eight throws out the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu #9 at first base in the primary inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner #10 throws out the RockiesÕ Nolan Arenado #28 at first base in the primary inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Rockies beginning pitcher Kyle Freeland #21 throughout their recreation towards the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Enrique Hernandez #14 grimaces after being hit by the ball on a decide off try at first base throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado #eight catches a RockiesÕ Chris Iannetta #22 for the out in the third inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Justin Turner #10 waits for the throw because the RockiesÕ Garrett Hampson #1 steals second base throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Justin Turner #10 commits an error permitting RockiesÕ DJ LeMahieu #9 to succeed in first base and and Garrett Hampson #1 to attain in the third inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Justin Turner #10 commits an error permitting RockiesÕ DJ LeMahieu #9 to succeed in first base and and Garrett Hampson #1 to attain in the third inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Chris Taylor #Three is tagged out by the RockiesÕ DJ LeMahieu #9 at second base after tagging up on a Justin Turner fly ball in the fourth inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The RockiesÕ Ian Desmond #20 beats the tag of the DodgersÕ Manny Machado #eight to steal second base in the fourth inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 walks across the mound because the RockiesÕ Charlie Blackmon #19 rounds the bases after Blackmon hit a home run in the fifth inning throughout their recreation at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes an attempt to return to first base, forward of a tag from Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies, after his RBI single for a 1-Zero lead through the first inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kemp was referred to as out. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the course of the first inning towards the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Manny Machado #eight of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his run with Brian Dozier #6, from a Matt Kemp #27 single, for a 1-Zero lead in the course of the first inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies reacts as he tags out Chris Taylor #Three of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the course of the third inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies steals second base in entrance of Manny Machado #eight of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the course of the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his stroll to Chris Iannetta #22 of the Colorado Rockies through the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pitches through the fourth inning towards the Los Angeles Dodgers in the course of the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Gerardo Parra #eight of the Colorado Rockies makes a catch for an out of Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the course of the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Manny Machado #eight of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to throw after his catch for an out of DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies through the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the course of the eighth inning towards the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2 in ten innings. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 reacts after putting out the aspect in the eight inning throughout recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2 in ten innings. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to the third out of the eighth inning towards the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a walk-off solo home run through the 10th inning of a baseball recreation towards the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photograph/Alex Gallardo)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Chris Taylor #Three of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun to win the sport Three-2 over the Colorado Rockies through the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor celebrates as he watches his walk-off home run clear the fence in the underside of the 10th inning of the workforce’s Three-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night time at Dodger Stadium. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Chris Taylor #Three factors to the sky after hitting a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Colorado Rockies aid pitcher Adam Ottavino reacts after Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hit a walk-off solo home run in the course of the 10th inning of a baseball recreation in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photograph/Alex Gallardo)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Chris Taylor #Three of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun to win the sport Three-2 over the Colorado Rockies through the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • The DodgersÕ Chris Taylor #Three tosses his helmet in the air after hitting a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #Three reacts after hitting a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Chris Taylor #Three reacts after hitting a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Chris Taylor #Three reacts after hitting a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Manny Machado #eight, Matt Kemp #27, Alex Verdugo #61, Clayton Kershaw #22 and Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, rejoice whereas ready for Chris Taylor #Three at home plate, after his solo homerun to win the sport Three-2 over the Colorado Rockies through the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Chris Taylor #Three of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun together with his teammates, to win the sport Three-2 over the Colorado Rockies in the course of the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Pictures)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #Three is surrounded by teammates after he hit a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The DodgersÕ Chris Taylor #Three is surrounded by teammates after he hit a stroll of home run in the underside of the tenth inning throughout their recreation towards the Rockies at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The Dodgers beat the Rockies Three-2. (Photograph by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Chris Taylor #Three of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun with Max Muncy #13, Cody Bellinger #35 and Alex Verdugo #61, to win the sport Three-2 over the Colorado Rockies in the course of the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Chris Taylor #Three of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his solo homerun with David Freese #25, Alex Verdugo #61, Cody Bellinger #35 and Joc Pederson #31, to win the sport Three-2 over the Colorado Rockies through the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Harry How/Getty Photographs)

LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts and Bud Black are good buddies and neighbors in the San Diego space. However Roberts stated the 2 don’t speak typically in the course of the season now that they’re managing Nationwide League West rivals.

They’ll have quite a bit to make amends for this winter.

Chris Taylor’s solo home run in the 10th inning gave the Dodgers a Three-2 walk-off win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night time, giving them their most safe maintain on first place since July.

The additional-inning win moved the Dodgers 1½ video games up in the NL West – their largest lead since they lorded over the division by that gaudy margin for 3 days, July 26-28.

“He’s a grinder, man,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner stated of Taylor. “He’s taken huge swings for us final yr, this yr. That was an enormous swing for us.

“We put some room in between us and them and it gives us a chance to take an even bigger lead out of this series tomorrow.”

The Dodgers (84-68) have now gained collection towards each fellow contender they’ve confronted in the previous three weeks, going 10-Three towards the Rockies (twice), Diamondbacks and Cardinals throughout that stretch and profitable 17 of their previous 24 general.

With time operating out to say their sixth consecutive division title, the Dodgers are enjoying the most effective baseball they’ve performed all yr.

“Yeah – that’s not really going out on a limb,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “We’ve been kind of inconsistent all yr lengthy. However issues are coming collectively on the proper time, sure.

“We talked about it a couple weeks ago – it’s the playoffs. We’ve accepted that and embraced it. So right now you’re talking about a postseason of potentially a month. For us, it’s two months. That’s a byproduct of the five months of baseball we played before September. We know what’s at stake. We know every game is important from here on to the end of the season.”

Tuesday’s matchup performed out as a pitchers’ duel with Clayton Kershaw and Kyle Freeland matching one another for seven innings then Roberts and Black toggling by way of their bullpen to maintain it tied into the 10th.

Roberts’ bullpen maneuvering labored higher. He adopted Kershaw with Kenta Maeda, who struck out the aspect in the eighth, mowing by way of Nolan Arenado (now 2 for 23 with 13 strikeouts towards Maeda in his profession), Matt Holliday and Ian Desmond on 10 pitches.

“This year, that was the best we’ve seen him out of the ’pen,” Roberts stated.

Kenley Jansen dealt with the ninth then Scott Alexander and Dylan Floro the 10th.

The Rockies, in the meantime, held the Dodgers with no hit from the sixth via ninth, retiring 10 in a row and 15 of 16 earlier than Taylor got here up with one out in the 10th.

Taylor’s season has been an uneven follow-up to final yr’s breakout. However he has discovered some solutions just lately and went into the at-bat towards Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino 10 for his final 28 with three doubles and two home runs.

“For me, the swing has gotten a little shorter,” Roberts stated. “All yr lengthy, he’s been making an attempt to work by way of mechanics and he was beneath the baseball. However he’s been working arduous on making an attempt to flatten it out a bit of bit, decrease the trajectory a bit bit.

“That was a pitch that was up and in, a slider up and in. So for him to pull his hands in and get the barrel to it and keep it fair, that’s a tough swing. For him to not be working underneath too much allowed him to get the barrel to it and backspin it.”

Taylor was all over the 2-and-2 slider, driving it into the left-field pavilion with sufficient authority to boost his proper hand in celebration as he left the batter’s field. Within the instant aftermath, he referred to as it “probably the biggest hit of my career” – regardless of sharing the NLCS MVP with Turner final fall and main off the World Collection with a home run on the primary pitch.

“CT was huge,” Kershaw stated. “CT has done well in big situations in the past for us. That was a lot of fun. We all understood the magnitude of the game tonight.”

Chris Taylor places the Dodgers 1 half video games forward of the Rockies in the NL West pic.twitter.com/6WFSTMYJ3F

— SI MLB (@si_mlb) September 19, 2018

“It’s the best feeling in the world, probably the biggest hit of my career.”

Chris Taylor talks with @alannarizzo following his walk-off HR towards the Colorado Rockies. pic.twitter.com/Carh0Tuzbi

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 19, 2018

[email protected] spoke with @ClaytonKersh22 about his outing vs. the Rockies, the #Dodgers depth and Chris Taylor’s walk-off. pic.twitter.com/lsmEwmPQ0x

— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 19, 2018