LOS ANGELES -- Rob Segedin's MLB debut couldn't have gone much better, as the left fielder's two bases-loaded hits helped the Dodgers eke out an 8-5 win for the series victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.
Segedin was called up to reinforce the Dodgers against left-handed pitching, and he most certainly did that against Red Sox southpaw David Price. With four RBIs, the 27-year-old set the franchise record for an MLB debut. A bat flip and emphatic fist pump followed his first hit, a double to the right-field wall to put the Dodgers up 3-2. The two runs scored by his single in the fifth gave Los Angeles a 6-2 lead and proved be the deciding runs. However, his day would be cut short when he was removed in the sixth inning in a double-switch.
"It was great to see him drive in a few runs, a couple big, huge hits," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "When you imagine a debut, 50,000 people, big hits and contributing to a huge win, players going crazy for him, it's something that he'll obviously remember. A non-roster invitee this spring and had a great year in Triple-A, he earned that opportunity and took advantage of it today."
Neither starting pitcher had a strong game, with both Price and Brandon McCarthy struggling to find the strike zone. Each finished with five walks, especially alarming for McCarthy considering he was only in the game for less than four innings. Price lasted longer, but took the loss with six runs (three earned).
With the win and the Giants' 1-0 loss in Washington, the Dodgers moved to one game back in the National League West. On the other side, Boston is now three games behind the Orioles and finishes an 11-game road trip 5-6.
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Mr. 300:Adrian Gonzalez recorded the 300th homer of his career in the seventh inning with his old team on hand to watch. It was a no-doubter all the way, travelling 425 feet and giving the Dodgers a 7-5 lead, extended to 8-5 one batter later when Enrique Hernandez went yard. The feat was a long time coming for Gonzalez too, as the first baseman had been stuck at 299 since July 24.
"I've seen a lot of those homers with me and against me -- 300, that's a big number," Roberts said. "He's a guy that is very underrated right now in his career and the stability that he brings to a club. To get that big hit for us, for us to get the extra insurance, but also for him personally, I think that he doesn't really thrive and care much about individual accomplishments, but that's a big number and a lot to be said for his career." More >
Benintendi busts out: Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, making his third career start, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, the first of his career. Benintendi came into the game 2-for-9 since being called up on Aug. 2 from Double-A Portland.
"He's handled the environment as good as you can from feeling comfortable and not coming out of his game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He had a beautiful swing, that is evident by how he approaches each at-bat. At one point, he was the only offense we had going. He's more than impressed in the game so far."
Ineffectively wild: McCarthy was pulled in the fourth inning of a start in which he showed nearly zero control. Multiple pitches found their way to the backstop and his five walks tied a career high from his last start against Colorado. In his last three starts, McCarthy has thrown 10 2/3 innings and not lasted past the fourth. While he looked dominant in his first four starts back from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander is now stuck in one of the worst stretches of his career.
"Physically, I feel fine. I don't know what the hell is going on," McCarthy said. "This is going to be the least amount of answers you can possibly give in an interview, because I just don't really have them right now. Four-seamer, I just can't feel what's happening and I don't know what the hell this is. I've never had it before."
Price anything but perfect: Falling behind hitters for much of the day, Price was never able to get into a groove. He wasn't helped much by the Red Sox's defense, which committed three errors, two leading to three unearned runs. Price finished the day allowing six hits in five innings. His last win came on July 10 against the Rays.
"The walks built up in the fourth and fifth innings. I thought he had really good stuff and cruised through the first three," Farrell said. "Any time you give a team an extra and in back-to-back innings, it is going to come back to haunt, and today it did." More >
"I was ready to go last year. It was my wife's and my anniversary. Our second anniversary and I had just got sent down to Double-A from Triple-A. It's one of those things where I felt I was going backwards and maybe the opportunity won't come here. I was hoping to get my release and the Yankees were adamant about not giving it to me, so it was one of things where I stick and wait it out another year-and-a-half and hope I can get to free agency, where I just hope something happens. Thankfully, between my family and my wife, they stuck by my side and supported me, loved me, and let me continue to play." -- Segedin, on nearly retiring last year while in the Yankees' system
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox: After an 11-game road trip, the Red Sox return home to begin a three-game set against the Yankees on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Right-hander Rick Porcello allowed three runs on four hits in eight innings on Wednesday vs. Mariners for the loss, his first in 13 starts. He's 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts vs. New York this season.
Dodgers: Some rotation shuffling will lead to Julio Urias getting his first MLB start since a spot start on July 21, as the Dodgers welcome the Phillies for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.