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MLB Saturday review: Dodgers vs. Rays a World Series preview?

A full 15-game Major League Baseball schedule did not disappoint on Saturday, with three games requiring extra innings in addition to plenty of other interesting results for some of the top teams.

Saturday's Major League Baseball action had a little bit of everything, from slugfests to pitching duels to a potential World Series preview. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers took down the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in the marquee matchup of the 15-game slate, while another American League East vs. National League West showdown saw the New York Yankees scrape past the San Diego Padres 3-2 in 10 innings. 

Let’s break down what was an intriguing penultimate day of the week on the baseball diamond.

Freeman extends hitting streak to 16 in Dodgers win

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks, hitting safely in a 16th straight game as the Dodgers beat the Rays. 

Two runs in the seventh inning and one more in the eighth were enough for Los Angeles to pick up an impressive road victory. 

Clayton Kershaw underwhelmed with four runs allowed on six hits (one homer) and two walks through 5.0 innings of work, but the Dodger bats bailed out their ace. 

Extra innings galore

Three games on Saturday went to extra innings, highlighted by the Yankees’ victory over the Padres. 

New York tied it up at 2-2 on a seventh-inning home run by DJ LeMahieu before walking it off in the bottom of the 10th thanks to an Isiah Kiner-Falefa single that scored Greg Allen. 

Luis Severino pitched 6.2 innings and gave up just one earned run for the home team. 

In other results, the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Cleveland Guardians 2-1 in 10 innings and the Miami Marlins capped off the day’s proceedings with an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels – also in 10. 

Miami’s Jorge Soler continued his fine month of May with his 17th homer of the season. The 2021 World Series MVP (when he was with the Atlanta Braves) has now gone deep in five consecutive contests.

Phillies take series lead over Braves

Zack Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies and Charlie Morton of the Braves unsurprisingly waged a fun pitching battle between these two NL East rivals. 

It was Wheeler who got the best of it, as he hurled 8.0 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 12 batters and surrendering just three hits and one walk. 

There were a total of 29 strikeouts in the game. 

Atlanta finally got one run across in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough as Philadelphia prevailed 2-1. 

The Phillies have won two of three during this four-game set and these two rivals will now be featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week. 

Nobody scores more than the Rockies

In a development that is nothing new when they play at home, the Colorado Rockies scored the most runs in the league. 

Colorado crossed the plate twice in the sixth inning and twice more in the seventh to overcome the New York Mets 10-7. 

Ryan McMahon’s two-run dinger in the bottom of the seventh proved to be the game winner. 

Pete Alonso hit his major league-leading 20th home run of the season for New York.

Luis Castillo strikes out 10

Luis Castillo of the Seattle Mariners worked only 6.0 innings, but it was time enough for him to deliver one of the best pitching performances of the day. 

Castillo struck out 10 Pittsburgh Pirates batters and yielded just one hit and two walks without surrendering a single run. 

Seattle’s bullpen also shut the door en route to a 5-0 victory. Other victorious teams on Saturday were the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.

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