Betts homers, Urias picks up 9th win as Dodgers top Pirates

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Even amid a slow start, Dave Roberts didn't need a reminder of all...
the things Mookie Betts can do to help the Los Angeles Dodgers win games.

Betts provided one anyway.

The star right fielder hit the 25th leadoff home run of his big league career and added a spectacular catch and throw double play as the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 on Thursday.

The Los Angeles manager predicted last weekend Betts was on the verge of a breakout. Betts certainly looked comfortable in the box while collecting two hits to boost his batting average to .255 while displaying the athleticism that makes him one of the most exciting defenders in the game.

Betts took the third pitch he saw from Mitch Keller (3-7) and sent it into the bullpen beyond the centerfield fence for his sixth homer this season. He then saved a run in the bottom of the second by making a running grab on a sinking line drive by Ka'ai Tom t hen doing a 360-degree turn before firing a one-hop strike to home plate to nail Pittsburgh's Erik Gonzalez.

"If you're talking about the degree of difficulty on the catch, the turn, the accuracy and the arm strength, it would be hard to find a play that was tougher," Roberts said.

Betts shrugged it off, saying it was mostly instinctual.

"I just saw it and I knew I'd try to do everything I can to stay on my feet," Betts said. "And once I got to a point where I could catch it, I tried to get myself ready to throw and I felt the spin was the easiest way to get some momentum on the ball."

And halt Pittsburgh's momentum in the process.

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