Andrew Toles’ home run leads Dodgers to sweep over Phillies – Orange County Register


LOS ANGELES — Andrew Toles was batting .196 when he arrived at AT&T Park for a game against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night. He was the Dodgers’ center fielder and leadoff hitter less by choice than by default, with Joc Pederson and Logan Forsythe biding their time on the disabled list.

Since that day, Toles has been among the team’s best hitters. His three-run home run gave the Dodgers the insurance runs they needed Sunday to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3, before an announced crowd of 48,961 at Dodger Stadium.

The 2-for-4 performance raised Toles’ batting average for the season to .239, and might have bought him at least one more game as the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter. A right-handed pitcher, Johnny Cueto, starts for the San Francisco Giants here on Monday.

The Dodgers’ win, their fourth in a row, gave them their first series sweep against the Phillies…



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