Pinch-hitter Will Smith connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from five runs down to defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night in the second game of a pivotal series between NL West rivals. Chris Taylor and Matt Beaty drew walks from Tyler Rogers (1-1) before Smith hit an 0-1 slider into the stands in left-center for the third walk-off homer of his career.
Los Angeles evened the four-game set at one apiece and moved within one game of the first-place Giants. In a game that featured seven home runs, Los Angeles trailed 6-1 in the fifth before coming back. Taylor powered the rally with the third multi-homer game of his career. He hit a solo shot off Alex Wood in the fifth and a two-run drive against John Brebbia during a three-run sixth.
Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski each hit a two-run homer for San Francisco. LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada added solo shots for the Giants, who lead the majors in home runs (142) and percentage of runs scored via the long ball (52.9%). The Dodgers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single up the middle by Max Muncy with the infield drawn in.