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Dodgers News: Boston Manager Alex Cora Praises Dominant Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman

The duo was key to a series win over the Red Sox.

The Los Angeles Dodgers traveled east to Boston to take on the Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend, with the team looking to increase their growing NL West lead as the season nears September. 

The Dodgers accomplished that over the three-game series, winning two out of three against a Red Sox team that's trying to stay alive in the AL wild card chase. 

Two of the key players that were huge in the series victory were former Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and first baseman Freddie Freeman. 

LA's two Most Valuable Player candidates did what they do best this past weekend, as Betts went 7-for-15 with a home run and four RBI while Freeman tacked on seven hits of his own -- including two doubles -- over the set.

And their games at Fenway garnered praise from the opposition, as Red Sox manager Alex Cora called them "instant offense" as LA beat Boston 7-4 in the series finale on Sunday. 

“They dominate the game,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of the Betts and Freeman duo. “Freddie has been locked in and Mookie is getting on base. It’s instant offense, it seems like, in two pitches, because Freddie is swinging and he has, what, 50 doubles. They’re tough. They’re a tough team.”

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As for Cora's 50 double guess, he'd be correct. 

Freeman hit doubles No. 49 and 50 on Sunday to set a Dodgers record since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958. And he's just two away from tying the team's all-time mark of 52, set by Johnny Frederick of the then-Brooklyn Robins in 1929. 

Betts continued his chase for the NL MVP as he tied his career high with his 35th home run with more than a month remaining in the season. 

LA's clearly a World Series contender as the final month of the regular season approaches, and the team's star duo of Betts and Freeman should continue to make some more noise down the stretch as the team looks toward the postseason.