Seager, Utley lead Dodgers past O's 7-5 for 5th straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) Even an early three-run deficit and a shaky rookie starter couldn't slow down the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are looking stronger with each win during two impressive streaks.
Corey Seager tripled and scored the tiebreaking run on Justin Turner's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lead the Dodgers to their fifth consecutive victory, 7-5 over the slumping Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Chase Utley had three hits and drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won 10 straight at home after rallying to claim the opener in just Baltimore's second regular-season trip to Dodger Stadium. The postgame holiday fireworks show heralded another confident win for the Dodgers, who have won 15 of their last 20.
''We're playing much better baseball,'' manager Dave Roberts said. ''Even when we were down, we felt like we were still in this game.''
Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for Los Angeles (48-37), which rose to a season-best 11 games over .500.
Seager extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a fourth-inning RBI single. His streak is the longest in the NL this season and the third-longest by a rookie in the Dodgers' tenure in Los Angeles.
The precocious shortstop then hustled for a triple on his drive down the right field line off Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1) in the seventh.
''It was just good to see us respond,'' Roberts said. ''Every time they scored, we answered. Corey is taking the extra base and turning a double into a triple there.''
J.J. Hardy and Joey Rickard drove in two runs apiece for the AL East-leading Orioles, who have lost five straight.
Los Angeles' bullpen bailed out teenage rookie starter Julio Urias with 5 2/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Joe Blanton (4-2) pitched the seventh, and Kenley Jansen finished for his 25th save in 28 chances.
Urias yielded six hits and five runs while failing to get out of the fourth inning.
Urias stayed up with Los Angeles longer than most expected. The return of Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu from injuries likely means the prized Mexican prospect is headed back to the minors for more seasoning. Urias is positive about the move.
''I would obviously love to be here, love to spend the rest of my career here,'' Urias said through a translator. ''But I'm going to work hard down there and try to come back. I was able to see what I can do (in the majors), and I'm very thankful.''
Baltimore jumped on Urias for three runs in the second inning, including Hardy's two-run double. Rickard then delivered a two-run single in the fourth, briefly putting the Orioles up 5-2.
Utley and Seager came through with consecutive RBI singles in the bottom half of the inning against Yovani Gallardo, who yielded six hits and four runs in a four-inning start.
''I was just falling behind guys, and it's hard to pitch like that at this level,'' Gallardo said. ''It just can't happen, especially when the guys put some runs up on the board early. You've got to put up zeros.''
Los Angeles tied it in the sixth on Utley's RBI single. The Dodgers added an insurance run in the eighth when pinch-hitter Chris Taylor sprinted home from first base on Howie Kendrick's double.
Before the game, a trained bald eagle from the Los Angeles Zoo took the Independence Day spirit literally, flying past its handler in the outfield grass, over the center field fence and out of the stadium. The eagle was located safe and sound.
Orioles: OF Pedro Alvarez went on the bereavement list, and OF Dariel Alvarez was called up from the minors along with LHP Jayson Aquino, who made his major league debut by getting two outs in the eighth.
Dodgers: Ryu plans to start for Los Angeles on Thursday against San Diego, completing his arduous return from shoulder problems. He hasn't pitched since the 2014 playoffs, undergoing surgery and numerous setbacks.
Orioles: Chris Tillman (10-2, 3.71 ERA) already has twice as many wins as any other Baltimore starter.
Dodgers: Kenta Maeda (7-5, 2.82 ERA) has a 2.21 ERA in his last seven starts, allowing opponents to bat just .219.