The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers never wonder if they can pull out a victory late in a game. Their only suspense is which player will be the next hero.
It was All-Star Cody Bellinger’s turn for the second straight game.
He hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning, giving the Dodgers a franchise-record fifth consecutive walk-off victory at home, 5-4 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
“He’s a one-man wrecking crew right now,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.
The Dodgers tied the 2004 Oakland Athletics with five straight walk-off victories.
Bellinger drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the ninth to force in the winning run in a 5-4 victory Tuesday.
“It’s pretty crazy what we’re doing,” he said. “There’s not many words to describe it. It’s pretty special.”
He hit a solo shot in the second Wednesday and his 29 homers are the most in franchise history before the All-Star break. He broke a tie with Gil Hodges and Duke Snider, who had 28.
“I was feeling positive and confident going into spring training, but I did not expect to do this,” Bellinger said. “It’s been a crazy first half overall and I’m enjoying every second of it.”
After Chris Taylor struck out to open the 10th, Bellinger crushed a high-arching pitch from Yoan Lopez (1-2) into right field, triggering a raucous celebration and chants of “MVP! MVP!”
“It’s tough to navigate our lineup when we’re tough in the strike zone,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Pitchers know they have to be perfect and it’s hard to sustain that.”
Arizona closer Greg Holland knows it only too well.
He issued four of Arizona’s five walks with two outs in the ninth Tuesday.
“We had them beat two nights in a row and it was on me to get the job done and I didn’t,” Holland said. “I hate that because I want to help the guys win.”
Enrique Hernandez opened the inning with a double to deep right. Holland issued four of Arizona’s five walks with two outs in the ninth Tuesday.
Matt Beaty’s RBI single tied the game 4-all. He took second on Holland’s wild pitch.
With the sellout crowd of 53,327 on its feet rhythmically clapping and chanting “Let’s go Dodgers!” pinch-hitter Justin Turner struck out looking against Holland, who was replaced by Yoshihisa Hirano.
Pinch-hitter Russell Martin and Joc Pederson drew consecutive walks to load the bases.