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Dodgers cough up lead as Astros’ 2020 walk of shame comes to LA

Dodgers cough up lead as Astros’ 2020 walk of shame comes to LA

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14 gets the out on Astros Martin Maldonado, #15, but was not able to get the double play during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Mookie Betts, #50, is safe at first as Astros Yuli Gurriel, #10, can’t make the play during 8th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, leaps over Astros Michael Brantley, #23, while trying to complete a double play during 8th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Corey Seager, #5, scores on a sacrifice fly by AJ Pollock during 3rd inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Yuli Gurriel, #10, is caught stealing second base and is tagged out by Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, on a throw from catcher Will Smith during 4th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Mookie Betts, #50, scores on a single by Corey Seager as Astros Martin Maldonado, #15, can’t make the play at the plate during 5th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Framber Valdez, #59, started against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Chris Taylor and Will Smith are greeted by Dodger manager Dave Roberts after Taylor hit a 2-run homer during second inning inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, could not get this pop up by Astros Yuli Gurriel allowing Astros George Springer to score during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, lays on the ground after missing this pop fly by Astros Yuli Gurriel allowing Astros George Springer to score during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Julio Urias, #7, started for the Dodgers against the Astros at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros George Springer, #4, is greeted by Carlos Correa, #1, after scoring on a pop fly by Yuli Gurriel during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Gavin Lux, #9, swings for the final strike out as the Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5 at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers look on as their 5-2 lead slips away during the 9th inning at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Alex Bregman, #2, scores during 9th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Josh Reddick, #22, scores during 9th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, #74, gave up a three-run lead in the 9th inning as the Astros went ahead to defeat the Dodgers 7-5 at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Aastros Michael Brantley, #2, reaches third as Dodgers catcher Will Smith, dives, Astros George Springer was out at home on the fielders choice play during 9th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Aledmys Diaz, #16, and Carlos Correa, #1, score during 9th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Martin Maldonado, #15, gets a solid hit off of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen during 9th inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 7-5. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Framber Valdez, #59, started against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, lays on the ground after missing this pop fly by Astros Yuli Gurriel allowing Astros George Springer to score during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, could not get this pop up by Astros Yuli Gurriel allowing Astros George Springer to score during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Enrique Hernandez, #14, scores on a solo home run during second inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros Josh Reddick, #22, could not get the home run shot by Dodgers Enrique Hernandez during second inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Astros George Springer, #4, is greeted by Carlos Correa, #1, after scoring on a pop fly by Yuli Gurriel during first inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Chris Taylor and Will Smith are greeted by Dodger manager Dave Roberts after Taylor hit a 2-run homer during second inning inning action at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers Julio Urias, #7, started for the Dodgers against the Astros at Dodger Stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger fans were on hand to greet the Houston Astros as they arrived for a two-game series against the LA Dodgers Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Carolyn Cooper, left, and other Dodger fans were on hand to greet the Houston Astros as they arrived for a two-game series against the LA Dodgers Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Joe Kelly, right, checks out a newly painted mural of his son, Pitcher Joe Kelly, on the back of Floyds barbershop in Silver Lake, CA Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Joe Kelly, left, visits a newly painted mural of his son, Pitcher Joe Kelly, on the back of Floyds barbershop in Silver Lake, CA Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Fans left an Astros jersey on the street at the entrance to Dodger Stadium for players to drive over as they entered the stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Carolyn Cooper, left, and other Dodger fans were on hand to greet the Houston Astros as they arrived for a two-game series against the LA Dodgers Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.(Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Joe Kelly, right, checks out a newly painted mural of his son, Pitcher Joe Kelly, on the back of Floyds barbershop in Silver Lake, CA Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Joe Kelly, left, visits a newly painted mural of his son, Pitcher Joe Kelly, on the back of Floyds barbershop in Silver Lake, CA Saturday, September 12, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger fans were on hand to greet the Houston Astros as they arrived for a two-game series against the LA Dodgers Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Fans left an Astros jersey on the street at the entrance to Dodger Stadium for players to drive over as they entered the stadium Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • LaTerra McDaniels and other Dodger fans were on hand to greet the Houston Astros as they arrived for a two-game series against the LA Dodgers Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — They all had their say.

There were the fans gathered at the intersection of Stadium Way and Vin Scully Avenue, toting signs and bullhorns all to express themselves in the fleeting seconds it took the Houston Astros’ team bus to roll by, their day made when folk hero and pouty-lipped mural model Joe Kelly drove by and gave them the thumbs up.

“I loved it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the informal freedom of speech exercise. “It just shows the passion that Dodger fans have.”

There was the GoFundMe-financed, banner-toting plane that circled the stadium pre-game, trailing its message “Houston Cheats Bang Bang,” more costly than clever.

And there was in-game trolling as well — James Brown’s “The Payback,” The Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes” and Ace of Base’s “The Sign” blaring from the stadium’s sound system, among other selections on a passive-aggressive playlist.

The Astros’ 2020 walk of shame came to Dodger Stadium Saturday with the team depleted by injuries and a shadow of their scofflaw 2017 World Series incarnation. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is also haunted by memories of his 2017 self — the regular-season version — and has spent three seasons trying to recapture it.

Saturday won’t help. Jansen coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth inning, retiring none of the six batters he faced as the Astros scored five times to beat the Dodgers, 7-5.

For most of this season, there have been positive signs in Jansen’s performance if you were willing to look for them. The 32-year-old closer has been trying to re-invent himself with a wider repertoire than the darting cutter which no longer darts like it used to. The expanded pitch mix had induced weak contact at a greater rate than anyone else in baseball.

For the pessimistic sort, though, it was just a matter of time before a regression. The Astros fulfilled those fears with four consecutive hits against Jansen to start the ninth inning — singles by Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz, a double by Josh Reddick and another single by Martin Maldonado.

An error by Max Muncy at third base let the tying run score and Alex Bregman drove in the go-ahead run.

If Jansen’s night was a cloud on the October horizon, the Dodgers’ postseason rotation plans were already very much a work in progress after this week’s injuries to Walker Buehler and Dustin May. Julio Urias calmed those waters with another solid start. He allowed the usual first-inning run — eight of the 17 runs he has allowed this season have been in the first innings of his nine starts — but no more in six innings, walking four but allowing only three hits.

The Dodgers built a lead behind Urias with back-to-back home runs by Chris Taylor and Kike’ Hernandez in the second inning and two-hit games by Will Smith (2 for 4 Saturday and 14 for his past 34 overall) and Corey Seager (a triple and a two-out RBI single).

The Astros got a run off Blake Treinen in the eighth to inch closer then handed Jansen just his second blown save in 12 opportunities this season.


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