James Outman’s grand slam propels Dodgers past Twins, but Dustin May leaves with ‘elbow pain’ (2023)

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    Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers left fielder Trayce Thompson catches a drive hit by the Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton (not pictured) during the first inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May talks to Manager Dave Roberts in the dugout after the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. May came out of the game with an injury and is expected to miss at least one month. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May looks on from the dugout during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. May came out of the game with an injury and is expected to miss at least one month. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May wipes his face as Manager Dave Roberts talks on the phone in the dugout after the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. May came out of the game with an injury and is expected to miss at least one month. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman hits a single during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Dodgers’ Will Smith walks back to the dugout after striking out during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    The Dodgers’ Max Muncy is brushed back by an inside pitch during the first inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Covey throws to the plate during the second inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton runs the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton, right, is greeted by teammate Carlos Correa after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Covey looks on form the dugout during the second inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts rounds second base after hitting a triple during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts runs for third base after hitting a triple during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Freddie Freeman during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts steps on home plate in front of Minnesota Twins catcher Christian Vasquez after scoring on a sacrifice fly by teammate Freddie Freeman (not pictured) during the third inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts, right, celebrates with teammate Freddie Freeman after he scored on a sacrifice fly ball hit by Freeman during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts high-fives teammates in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice fly ball by teammate Freddie Freeman during the third inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Sonny Gray reacts after a hit by the Dodgers’ Will Smith during the third inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    The Dodgers’ James Outman steals second base as Minnesota Twins second baseman Jorge Polanco waits for the throw during the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    The Dodgers’ James Outman celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by teammate Mookie Betts (not pictured) during the fourth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Minnesota Twins designated hitter Byron Buxton celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Covey throws to the plate during the second inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Joey Gallo hits a home run during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Covey walks on the mound after giving up a solo home run to the Minnesota Twins’ Joey Gallo, right, during the sixth inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Joey Gallo celebrates after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Joey Gallo, right, is greeted by teammate Carlos Correa after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Joey Gallo celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa runs to first base after hitting a single during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Covey, left, hands the ball to Manager Dave Roberts in front of catcher Will Smith during the sixth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Victor Gonzalez throws to the plate during the sixth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Victor Gonzalez celebrates after the last out of the top of the sixth inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Carlos Correa squats on the infield after being left on base during the sixth inning of their game against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson throws to the plate during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Minnesota Twins’ Willi Castro steals third base before scoring on the play after a throwing error by Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson during the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    Dodgers relief pitcher Caleb Ferguson reacts after his throwing error allowed the Minnesota Twins’ Will Castro (not pictured) to score from third base during the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy runs out of room as he chases a foul pop-up hit by the Minnesota Twins’ Alex Kirilloff (not pictured) during the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he returns to the dugout after scoring the tying run on a bases-loaded walk to Miguel Vargas during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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    The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates in the dugout after he scored on a bases-loaded walk by Miguel Vargas during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Dodgers’ James Outman begins to run the bases as he watches the flight of his go-ahead grand slam during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    Minnesota Twins center fielder Michael A. Taylor leaps but cannot catch a ball hit for a go-ahead grand slam by the Dodgers’ James Outman during the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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    The Dodgers’ James Outman, right, high-fives teammate Max Muncy after hitting a tie-breaking grand slam during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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    The Dodgers’ James Outman, left, is greeted by teammate David Peralta as he returns to the dugout after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the seventh inning of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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LOS ANGELES — The plaudits for Dustin May came from the heart, about his confidence, an unbeatable mindset and the value of his knowledge gleaned from a sometimes bumpy path to become a dependable starter.

Just a few hours after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave May the highest of compliments, the right-hander departed his start Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins with what was diagnosed as “right elbow pain.”

The mood was only somewhat tempered in a five-run seventh inning as the Dodgers rallied with a bases-loaded walk from Miguel Vargas and a grand slam from James Outman one pitch later to earn a 7-3 victory.

The Dodgers won their sixth consecutive series and have earned a victory in 15 of their last 18 games. And while the team had its usual post-victory celebration, with music, spinning DJ lights and a fog machine, there remained a subdued nature afterward.

May officially was diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain and is expected to miss at least a month, according to Manager Dave Roberts. Whether or not he misses more time still is to be determined.

“It’s still exciting that we won a ballgame and a series against a really good ballclub, but I’m just thinking about Dustin right now,” Roberts said well after the game had ended. “But we still feel good about the win.”

It is an ominous diagnosis for a pitcher who is not even a full year back from Tommy John surgery.May spent a year away after his 2021 procedure, returned to make six starts last season and had a spot on the postseason roster last October although he didn’t pitch.

In eight starts this season, May appeared as if he never spent all that time away. He came into Wednesday’s outing with a 4-1 record and a 2.68 ERA. He had given up an impressive 5.4 walks and hits per nine innings and 0.2 home runs per nine innings.

On Wednesday morning, Roberts was asked if May was starting to look like Walker Buehler did during his breakout season in 2018 when he finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting.

“Yeah, I think that’s fair,” Roberts said, with the comparison only adding to the impact of May’s injury. “… There comes a point where there’s real confidence for a young player and not contrived. I think right now, Dustin feels like, when he takes the mound, he’s the best guy out there and he can go out there and dominate.”

How long it will take for him to dominate again remains to be seen. Right-hander Dylan Covey did an admirable job in the fill-in role, giving up two runs on five hits over four innings with one walk and three strikeouts after he was added to the roster Wednesday morning.

“I don’t really know what happened, but I was ready to go and just did my best to keep us in the game and it worked out for us,” said Covey, who attended Maranatha High School in Pasadena and said he grew up a Dodgers fan.

“It was really special. I grew up 15 minutes up the road. A couple of years ago I didn’t think I’d be back in this situation but yeah, it’s really special playing for the hometown team.”

The Dodges took the early 1-0 lead in the third inning on Mookie Betts’ leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly from Freddie Freeman. But the Twins tied it a half inning later on a home run from Byron Buxton off Covey, his ninth.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an infield single from Outman, a stolen base and Betts’ two-out RBI single. Outman’s slow dribbler ended an 0-for-13 slide.

Covey avoided major trouble until the sixth. He gave up a leadoff home run to former Dodger Joey Gallo then saw the Twins load the bases with nobody out on singles from Alex Kirilloff and Carlos Correa, with a walk to Buxton.

Dodgers left-hander Victor Gonzalez then rode to the rescue by getting Jorge Polanco on a popup to first base, while striking out pinch hitter Donovan Solano. He finished off the magic act by getting former Dodger Kyle Farmer to fly out to left field.

The Twins finally moved in front in the sixth inning. After Willi Castro and Christian Vazquez singled against Caleb Ferguson, the Dodgers’ left-hander appeared to have Castro picked off between second and third. But his throw to third was nowhere near Max Muncy allowing Castro to score for a 3-2 Minnesota lead.

The Dodgers’ seventh-inning rally all came with two outs. Will Smith and Max Muncy singled to chase Jose De Leon. The line kept moving against Emilio Pagan with Jason Heyward earning a walk to load the bases. Vargas earned a five-pitch walk to tie it and Outman drilled his first-pitch grand slam to center field.

“I mean there’s no secret I was grinding,” Outman said. “My teammates were keeping me positive. … They were keeping me centered and it felt really good to finally come through in a big spot.”

It was Outman’s second grand slam and second home run since April 23.

“I was missing the (fastball) a lot and it was kind of uncharacteristic to be honest,” Outman said. “That was kind of the pitch I’ve always been looking for. I was getting frustrated with myself missing good pitches to hit.”

Right-hander Brusdar Graterol (2-1) did not give up a hit over 1-1/3 innings to earn the win.

The Dodgers weren’t the only team dealing with injuries. The Twins’ Nick Gordon and Joey Gallo both departed after fouling a ball off their leg. Gordon has a fractured shin, while Gallo has a contusion. Minnesota’s Jorge Polanco came away with a hamstring strain.

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