Segedin has Dodger-record 4 RBIs in ML debut vs Red Sox
LOS ANGELES (AP) Rob Segedin swung his way into the Los Angeles Dodgers' record book a year after he was ready to walk away from the game entirely.
The 27-year-old Segedin set a Dodgers record with four RBIs in his major league debut, Adrian Gonzalez hit his 300th career homer and Los Angeles beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday night.
''It's been a long road. To just go through the ups and downs, to get to be here and get the rewards of it, that's the surreal part,'' Segedin said.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Segedin drilled a 2-0 pitch from David Price over the head of center fielder Mookie Betts for a two-run double, his first big league hit in his second at-bat.
Segedin came up again with two outs in the fifth and the bases loaded, and he lined a single to right to give the Dodgers a 6-2 lead. He was lifted in a sixth-inning double switch.
Segedin was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday after 561 minor league games. A third-round pick by the Yankees in 2010, Segedin spent six seasons in the minors with New York and nearly retired last summer after a tough demotion.
''I was ready to go last year,'' he said. ''It was my wife's and my second anniversary and I'd just got sent down from Triple-A to Double-A, it was one of those things where I felt I was going backwards, that maybe I wouldn't get the opportunity.''
His family talked him into continuing his career, and he was acquired by the Dodgers in January before embarking on his seventh minor league season. He played left field and batted eighth for L.A. on Sunday.
''That was awesome,'' Gonzalez said. ''Seggie's game was incredible. Great ABs, stay under control, and get two big, big hits for us.''
Gonzalez became the seventh active player to reach 300 homers and 400 doubles.
''It's pretty cool, those are things that I'll really, really be able to enjoy them and cherish them when I retire,'' Gonzalez said. ''Right now, the focus is on the Phillies and tomorrow. But it's pretty cool to take a step back and enjoy it for a few hours.''
Gonzalez had three hits for the second game in a row. He hit a 2-2 pitch from reliever Junichi Tazawa high over the wall in right-center field in the seventh for his 10th home run of the season.
Howie Kendrick followed Gonzalez with a homer four pitches later, marking the third time this season the Dodgers have hit back-to-back home runs.
Justin Turner hit his 20th home run, and seventh since the All-Star break, leading off the fourth.
Price (9-8) fell to 2-7 over his last 14 starts, and Boston fell to 5-6 on this 11-game trip. Price has not won since July 10.
Andrew Benintendi had three hits, two RBIs, scored a run and stole a base for Boston, which selected the 22-year-old with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft and called him up on Tuesday.
''It's gone by real fast, but I'm trying to take things in and learn as much as possible,'' Benintendi said. ''Everyone here has made me feel extremely comfortable from the beginning. I think that the more games that I play, the more I feel comfortable.''
Los Angeles starter Brandon McCarthy struggled with control from the outset, walking five and hitting a batter over 3 2/3 innings.
Jesse Chavez (1-0) got the win with 1 1/3 innings in relief.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 34th save.
Clayton Kershaw resumed baseball activities by playing catch prior to Sunday's game as he continued his attempt to return to the mound this season.
Sidelined since his last start on June 26, Kershaw (mild herniated disc) was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday and is not eligible to return until Aug. 27.
Red Sox: DH David Ortiz walked as a pinch hitter Sunday after coming up sore from his first start of the season at first base Saturday. 1B Hanley Ramirez was also reduced to pinch hitting - he struck out leading off the ninth - after reporting more soreness in his wrist when he arrived at Dodger Stadium. ... OF Chris Young went through an aggressive baserunning session prior to Sunday's game. Boston will wait to hear how Young feels Monday before deciding when to begin his rehab assignment.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill, scratched Saturday because of a blister, has been penciled in to start on Friday against the Pirates. ... OF Trayce Thompson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and won't be eligible to return to the Dodgers until Sept. 9.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (14-3, 3.46) will start in Tuesday night's opener of a three-game set against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Dodgers: Rookie RHP Julio Urias (1-2, 4.98) will make his first start since July 21, his 10th for the Dodgers this season, Monday night against Philadelphia.