"We've got a lot of good players, and a lot of good depth," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after his club's 8-5 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. "There are so many guys in our lineup that can hurt you."
On a slow night for the heart of the order, L.A.'s six, seven and eight hitters picked up the slack, sending the Dodgers to Arizona for Monday's Game 3 with a 2-0 series lead. Forsythe, Barnes and Yasiel Puig combined to go 8-for-12 with a walk, five runs and five RBIs.
The trio strung together three straight hits in the game's decisive rally, a four-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth, after the D-backs dipped into to their bullpen.
"These games are dog fights, so it's going to take a team effort and a collective unit," Barnes said. "We've been doing this all year. ... We just trusted that someone was going to get the hit."
On Saturday night, Barnes delivered the critical blow. Making the first postseason start of his career, the 27-year-old backstop singled and scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth. An inning later, he broke the game open with a two-run double that sent Dodger Stadium into a frenzy.
To begin the frame, cleanup man Justin Turner was hit by a pitch from Arizona starter Robbie Ray. After Cody Bellinger bounced into a forceout, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo took the ball from Ray, and the bottom of the Dodgers order feasted on an overmatched Arizona bullpen.
Pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson lined a single to right, and Forsythe plated Bellinger with a single. Barnes followed with his two-run double, chasing reliever Jimmie Sherfy. And Puig kept the line moving with an RBI single off Jorge De La Rosa.