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MLB: Shohei Ohtani has an RBI single; Teoscar Hernández powers Dodgers to 11-3 victory over Yankees


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Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles Dodgers of Japan follows up with an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — Teoscar Hernández homered twice and drove in six runs, including a grand slam that helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 11-3 on Saturday night for their second straight victory in the big game.

Kiké Hernández also went deep and Shohei Ohtani had an RBI single for rookie Gavin Stone (7-2), who has won three straight starts and five of his last six.


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Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles Dodgers of Japan hits an RBI single during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in New York.

After handing New York (45-21) just its third series loss this season, the Dodgers (41-25) will look to cap off their first visit to the Bronx since 2016 with a three-game sweep on Sunday night.

Aaron Judge hit two home runs for the Yankees, giving him a Major League-high 23, but they have scored just three runs in 23 innings at the plate since slugger Juan Soto left Thursday night’s win over Minnesota with a forearm injury.

The frustration showed when Giancarlo Stanton slammed his bat after he surfaced to end the seventh.

In a highly anticipated meeting between first-place teams, billed as a possible preview of the World Series, Teoscar Hernández stole the spotlight from the five MVPs on both ends of the court. His two-run double in the 11th inning Friday night broke a scoreless tie in Los Angeles’ 2-1 win, and his solo homer in the second off Nestor Cortes (3-5) got the Dodgers rolling on Saturday.

Two walks by reliever Tommy Kahnle and the 10th error this year by second baseman Gleyber Torres loaded the bases in the eighth, and Hernández connected on a 2-2 changeup for his fifth career slam and 18th two-homer game – his second this season.

It was his second drive of the night into the Dodgers’ left-center bullpen, and this one had teammates jumping around as the excited outfielder rounded the bases on his 15th home run of the season, opening an 8-2 cushion.

The six RBIs tied a career-high for Hernández, which was achieved three times. Freddie Freeman added a two-run double in the ninth.


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Teoscar Hernández (37) of Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates Will Smith (16), Mookie Betts (50) and Shohei Ohtani (17) of Japan after hitting a grand slam during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Saturday, June 8, 2024, in New York.

Dodgers reliever Alex Vesia replaced Stone with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and retired Anthony Volpe to protect a 4–2 lead, much to the delight of the many Dodgers fans in the sold-out crowd of 48,374 – the largest this season at Yankee Stadium.

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