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Teoscar Hernández helps Dodgers to an 11-3 victory over Yankees

NEW YORK — Teoscar Hernández homered twice and drove in six runs, including a grand slam that helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 11-3 on Saturday night for their second straight victory in the marquee game.

“Like I said before, I hope we can do this again in October,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Just when I came in here, I really believe it was a bull’s-eye for our guys. To play against another opponent, to come in here and what it means to play in this stadium. It’s nice to see our guys playing with a little more focus.”

Kiké Hernández also went deep and Shohei Ohtani had an RBI single for rookie Gavin Stone (7-2), who has won three straight starts and five of his last six.

“Nothing can faze him. He’s a killer,” Los Angeles reliever Alex Vesia said.

After handing New York (45-21) just their third series loss this season, the Dodgers (41-25) will look to cap off their first visit to the Bronx since 2016 with a three-game sweep on Sunday night.

“We’re here to play,” Vesia said emphatically.

Aaron Judge hit two home runs for the Yankees, giving him a Major League-high 23, but they have scored just four runs in 23 innings at the plate since slugger Juan Soto left Thursday night’s win over Minnesota with a forearm injury.

The frustration showed when Giancarlo Stanton slammed his bat after he surfaced to end the seventh.

“It’s a big challenge for us right now, but when one guy is finally out, the next guy has to step up,” outfielder Alex Verdugo said.

In a star-studded meeting between first-place teams billed as a possible preview of the World Series, Teoscar Hernández’s two-run double in the 11th inning broke a scoreless tie in Los Angeles’ 2-1 victory Friday night. Then his solo home run in the second off Nestor Cortes (3-5) got the Dodgers going on Saturday.

Two walks by reliever Tommy Kahnle and the 10th error this year by second baseman Gleyber Torres loaded the bases in the eighth. Hernández made a 2-2 changeup for his fifth career grand slam and his 18th two-homer game – his second this season.

It was his second drive of the night into the Dodgers’ left-center bullpen, and this one had teammates jumping around as the excited outfielder rounded the bases on his 15th home run of the season, opening an 8-2 cushion.

“Unbelievable. I mean, I know the ball went over the fence when I see my teammates in the bullpen with their arms up,” Hernández said. “I just have to enjoy those moments. It’s not going to happen every day, so I try to enjoy it as best you can.”

The six RBIs tied a career-high for Hernández, which was achieved three times. Freddie Freeman added a two-run double in the ninth.

Vesia replaced Stone with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and retired Anthony Volpe to protect a 4–2 lead, much to the delight of the many Dodgers fans in the sold-out crowd of 48,374 – the largest this season in Yankee Stadium.

“They’re loud,” Verdugo said.

“Never expect it here in New York,” Hernández said, “but that’s incredible.”

Dodgers: Roberts said the team did not yet know whether RHP Bobby Miller (right shoulder inflammation) would begin one more minor league rehab stint or take his next turn in the big league rotation. Miller threw 85 pitches over four innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. … LHP Clayton Kershaw (shoulder surgery) felt “normal soreness” after throwing two innings Friday in a simulated game at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, according to Roberts. He said the three-time Cy Young Award winner will next pitch a three-inning simulated game and the plan is for him to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Yankees: Soto (left forearm inflammation) missed his second straight game. …RHP Gerrit Cole (right elbow neuritis) will throw approximately 55-60 pitches on Sunday in his second rehab start for Double-A Somerset.

Dodgers RHP Tyler Glasnow (6-4, 2.93 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday evening against rookie RHP Luis Gil (8-1, 1.82). Glasnow started the day leading the Majors with 104 strikeouts, while Gil had the lowest ERA in the American League.

Gil is 7-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his last seven appearances and is the first pitcher in Yankees history to throw at least six innings and allow no more than one run in seven consecutive starts.

This story has been corrected to show that the Yankees have scored four runs since Soto retired with injury, not three runs.

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB

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