Julio Urías achieves 18th win of the season and the Dodgers close to the Giants

Julio Urías scored the 18th win of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium to move within a game and a half of the San Francisco Giants, who they lost to the San Diego Padres. Both the Dodgers and the Giants have already secured their presence in the playoffs, but they are fighting for the top spot in the division.

Urías, pitching on the night that Fernando Valenzuela’s career was commemorated at Chávez Ravine, pitched five innings, giving up two runs and three hits on just 76 pitches.

“Since I was warming up, I listened to the whole ceremony. It was something very good for him and his family ”, declared Urías at the end of the meeting.

“I felt that I struggled a bit, it was not like other outings, but I achieved the victory, which is what the team is looking for these days. Obviously I wanted to release more, I’m ready for that. The manager’s plan was that, five innings, and you have to respect that, ”said the Mexican, who said that he would love to win 20 games this year and that he does not have in mind to obtain the Cy Young, because he knows that the competition is strong.

Urías is 18-3 this season and has five wins in his last five starts. He also became the first major league pitcher to have 18 wins this season.

For Arizona, Merrill Kelly (7-10) pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four runs and 10 hits on 82 pitches.

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The Dodgers went 1-0 up in the second inning after an RBI from Gavin Lux to Justin Turner.

The Diamondbacks turned the score around when Henry Ramos singled to center that drove Ketel Marte and Josh Rojas to 2-1 in the fourth.

But the Dodgers responded in that same inning when Cody Bellinger grounded out to goalkeeper, but Justin Turner scored the tying run. Then Lux singled to the right for Will Smith to make it 3-2.

Max Muncy then homered to the right for 4-2 in the fifth inning.

Christian Walker responded in the sixth inning with a homer to center where the victim was pitcher Phil Bickford.

In the sixth inning, Turner singled for Beaty to make it 5-3.

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