KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If Tony Gonsolin is heading into uncharted waters, his sails still seem quite full.
Gonsolin took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Friday night, exiting with his 14th victory as the Dodgers extended their winning streak to 11 games with an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
It was the eighth time this season a Dodgers starting pitcher had taken a no-hitter through at least five innings. Clayton Kershaw, Tyler Anderson, Mitch White and Gonsolin have each done it twice.
According to Stats Inc., they are the only MLB team in the last 40 years to have four different starters with multiple no-hit bids of at least five innings in the same season.
The Dodgers are now 18-3 since the All-Star break with 33 wins in their past 38 games.
If another win is familiar territory for the Dodgers, Gonsolin is going where he’s never really gone before.
His 6⅔ innings against the Royals pushed his season total to 116⅓ – more than double his previous high in the major leagues (55⅔ last year) and closing in on his professional high (128 between Double-A Tulsa and Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2018).
Gonsolin fairly breezed through the first five innings of his latest effort against a Royals lineup that started six rookies (five of whom made their big-league debuts this season).
He needed just 45 pitches to retire the first 15 Royals batters in order. He went as far as a three-ball count just once in that time – before getting Salvador Perez to pop out for the third out of the first inning.
Gonsolin walked two in the sixth inning to end his perfect run but took his no-hitter into the seventh, retiring Perez before giving up a single to Vinnie Pasquantino. Two batters later, Michael A. Taylor doubled in the Royals’ only run off Gonsolin, whose ERA, after a brief rise around the All-Star break, is back down to 2.24.
The Dodgers didn’t do much better against Royals starter Daniel Lynch for the first five innings. In the sixth, they loaded the bases with no outs on an error, a double by Trayce Thompson and a walk of Mookie Betts.
But Lynch escaped. He got Trea Turner to pop out, struck out Freddie Freeman on an elevated fastball and then got Will Smith to fly out to center field.
If at first, you don’t succeed – load them up again.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs again in the seventh. This time, they scored five times.
Trea Turner singled through the left side to drive in the first two. A Freeman double to left-center drove in another run. A wild pitch scored another and Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly made it the 15th time this season the Dodgers have scored five (or more) runs in a single inning.
Thompson put it away with a three-run home run in the eighth inning, his third hit of the game. Acquired to hit against left-handed pitching, Thompson has instead been doing his damage against right-handers. Since joining the Dodgers, he is 21 for 57 (.358) with four of his five home runs and 15 of his 20 RBIs against righties.