Power surge! Dodgers hit 8 homers in 12-5 win over Arizona

LOS ANGELES (AP) While one homer after another rocketed into the stands at Chavez Ravine, the Los Angeles Dodgers' dugout celebrations became increasingly incredulous.

Five homers in the first six innings? Followed by three more in swift succession in the seventh? Even the Dodgers' power-packed lineup was impressed by itself.

''We were all wondering if it was a record,'' Enrique Hernandez said with a grin.

After the Dodgers finally finished hitting eight home runs in a 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, they all agreed they had never experienced an opening day quite so powerful.

Neither had any team in major league history, actually.

Hernandez and Joc Pederson each homered twice as Los Angeles set the big league record for homers on opening day and tied the franchise mark for any game.

The Dodgers' pursuit of a third straight National League pennant and seventh consecutive NL West title got off to a thrilling start, with no trace of a hangover from that World Series-ending loss to Boston in their previous game on this field last October.

Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Corey Seager all homered in the fourth inning to chase Arizona ace Zack Greinke. Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Hernandez then connected in a four-batter stretch of the seventh, abruptly obliterating the opening day record of six homers set by the Mets in 1988 and matched by the White Sox in 2018.

''This is a fun offense,'' Muncy said. ''A couple of guys go out and get a homer, and it makes you want to get one of your own.''

Los Angeles also equaled the franchise mark for a game set against Milwaukee on May 23, 2002, when Shawn Green hit four of the Dodgers' eight.

''Hitting is contagious,'' Bellinger said. ''You see guys hit, and you want to get into the party.''

The Dodgers finished second in the majors last season with 235 homers, and they were even more potent in their first regular-season game under new hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc. All eight dingers were hit by returning players to the Dodgers, who have only two new position players on their opening day roster.

''Everyone kind of knocked us last year for scoring too many runs off homers,'' Muncy said. ''But if you're going to do it, you might as well do it like that.''

Adam Jones and Christian Walker went deep for the Diamondbacks, but their pitching staff's eight homers allowed also set a team record.

The Dodgers provided ample support for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who yielded four hits and struck out eight over six stellar innings as Los Angeles' first opening day starter not named Clayton Kershaw since 2010. Kershaw's franchise-record streak of eight consecutive opening day starts ended due to left shoulder inflammation.

Meanwhile, Greinke's latest return to Dodger Stadium was a debacle.

The $206.5 million right-hander allowed four homers for the fifth time in his career, but only the second time this decade. The Dodgers also hit four against their former star on Sept. 5, 2016, in Chavez Ravine, where Greinke has allowed 14 homers in 34 innings since his big-money move to Arizona.

''Yeah, it was bad,'' Greinke said. ''Not really much to build off, because all that stuff was bad, so that's probably the most disappointing thing.''

Arizona reliever Matt Koch allowed the Dodgers' other four homers over a seven-batter stretch in the sixth and seventh. The embarrassing loss added to a rough week for the Diamondbacks, who lost probable cleanup hitter Steven Souza Jr. to a season-ending knee injury Monday.

''You band together, and you get off the ropes, stagger back into the middle of the ring and keep punching,'' manager Torey Lovullo said. ''And I know this team will do that.''

JOC START

Pederson delivered as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter. After doubling and scoring in the first inning, he hit one of Greinke's curveballs 420 feet to straightaway center in the second. He added a two-run shot off Koch in the sixth before the Dodgers reached historic homer territory in the seventh.

SEAGER'S RETURN

Two outs after Hernandez and Barnes hit back-to-back homers, Seager chased Greinke with his first homer since April 28. Seager was back in the Dodgers' lineup for the first time since missing nearly all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.

POLLOCK'S START

A.J. Pollock played center field and batted fifth in his Dodgers debut, going 0 for 3 with a walk. Pollock, who spent the previous seven seasons with the Diamondbacks, and Justin Turner were the only Dodgers starting position players who didn't homer.

JONES' DEBUT

Jones went 2 for 4 while batting leadoff for the Diamondbacks, who signed the 33-year-old outfielder 17 days ago. Jones spent the previous 11 seasons in Baltimore, making five AL All-Star teams.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Lovullo put Walker at first base on opening day instead of Jake Lamb, who was injured for part of spring. Paul Goldschmidt had been Arizona's starting first baseman for the previous seven opening days.

Dodgers: Kershaw formally went on the injured list before the game along with lefties Rich Hill and Tony Cingrani.

UP NEXT

Ross Stripling is back in the Dodgers' rotation for now, and the versatile 2018 All-Star welcomes the chance to prove himself while Kershaw and Hill are out. He faces Arizona lefty Robbie Ray, who looked great during spring training with 32 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.

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  • W: H. Ryu (1-0)L: Z. Greinke (0-1)
  • HR: ARI - A. Jones (1), C. Walker (1), LAD - E. Hernandez 2 (2), J. Pederson 2 (2), C. Seager (1), A. Barnes (1), M. Muncy (1), C. Bellinger (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Jones RF41211010.500.5001.2501.7506.5
E. Escobar 3B40200011.500.500.7501.2502.5
I. Vargas 3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
W. Flores 2B41100022.250.250.500.7502.0
D. Peralta LF41100012.250.250.250.5001.5
C. Walker 1B42221000.500.5001.5002.00010.0
K. Marte CF30010010.000.000.000.0000.5
N. Ahmed SS30110000.333.250.667.9173.0
J. Murphy C40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
Z. Greinke P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Koch P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Pederson LF53342010.600.6002.0002.60016.5
    C. Seager SS31111110.333.5001.3331.8336.5
    Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Stewart P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Turner 3B50000002.000.000.000.0000.0
    M. Muncy 1B41121011.250.2501.0001.2506.5
    A. Pollock CF30000100.000.250.000.2501.0
    C. Bellinger RF42211002.500.5001.2501.7508.0
    E. Hernandez 2B33232100.667.7502.6673.41715.0
    A. Barnes C42311001.750.7501.5002.2509.0
    H. Ryu P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    a- A. Verdugo PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    C. Taylor SS10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-lined out for Ryu in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Escobar, W. Flores, C. Walker, N. Ahmed
    • HR - A. Jones, C. Walker
    • SF - K. Marte, N. Ahmed
    • RBI - A. Jones, C. Walker 2 (2), K. Marte, N. Ahmed
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Peralta 2 (2), J. Murphy
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Pederson
    • HR - J. Pederson 2 (2), C. Seager, M. Muncy, C. Bellinger, E. Hernandez 2 (2), A. Barnes
    • SH - H. Ryu
    • RBI - J. Pederson 4 (4), C. Seager, M. Muncy 2 (2), C. Bellinger, E. Hernandez 3 (3), A. Barnes
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson 4 (4), C. Seager, C. Bellinger, E. Hernandez
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Bellinger 2 (2), C. Taylor
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hernandez-Taylor-Muncy)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)3.277723417.182.45-10.5
    M. Koch4.155510410.381.381.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)3.2
    M. Koch4.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    H. Ryu (W, 1-0)6.04110811.500.6727.0
    Y. Garcia1.01110119.001.001.5
    B. Stewart2.043301013.502.00-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    H. Ryu (W, 1-0)6.0
    Y. Garcia1.0
    B. Stewart2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 82-51, M. Koch 62-40
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 6-2, M. Koch 2-11
    • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 20, M. Koch 19
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 82-59, Y. Garcia 12-8, B. Stewart 31-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 5-5, B. Stewart 2-2
    • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 22, Y. Garcia 4, B. Stewart 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Jones RF41211010.500.5001.2501.7506.5
    E. Escobar 3B40200011.500.500.7501.2502.5
    I. Vargas 3B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    W. Flores 2B41100022.250.250.500.7502.0
    D. Peralta LF41100012.250.250.250.5001.5
    C. Walker 1B42221000.500.5001.5002.00010.0
    K. Marte CF30010010.000.000.000.0000.5
    N. Ahmed SS30110000.333.250.667.9173.0
    J. Murphy C40000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
    Z. Greinke P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    M. Koch P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Pederson LF53342010.600.6002.0002.60016.5
      C. Seager SS31111110.333.5001.3331.8336.5
      Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Stewart P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      J. Turner 3B50000002.000.000.000.0000.0
      M. Muncy 1B41121011.250.2501.0001.2506.5
      A. Pollock CF30000100.000.250.000.2501.0
      C. Bellinger RF42211002.500.5001.2501.7508.0
      E. Hernandez 2B33232100.667.7502.6673.41715.0
      A. Barnes C42311001.750.7501.5002.2509.0
      H. Ryu P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      a- A. Verdugo PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
      C. Taylor SS10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total351212128338-----
      • a-lined out for Ryu in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar, W. Flores, C. Walker, N. Ahmed
      • HR - A. Jones, C. Walker
      • SF - K. Marte, N. Ahmed
      • RBI - A. Jones, C. Walker 2 (2), K. Marte, N. Ahmed
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Peralta 2 (2), J. Murphy
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Pederson
      • HR - J. Pederson 2 (2), C. Seager, M. Muncy, C. Bellinger, E. Hernandez 2 (2), A. Barnes
      • SH - H. Ryu
      • RBI - J. Pederson 4 (4), C. Seager, M. Muncy 2 (2), C. Bellinger, E. Hernandez 3 (3), A. Barnes
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson 4 (4), C. Seager, C. Bellinger, E. Hernandez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Bellinger 2 (2), C. Taylor
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hernandez-Taylor-Muncy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)3.277723417.182.45-10.5
      M. Koch4.155510410.381.381.0
      Total8.0121212338---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (L, 0-1)3.2
      M. Koch4.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Ryu (W, 1-0)6.04110811.500.6727.0
      Y. Garcia1.01110119.001.001.5
      B. Stewart2.043301013.502.00-0.5
      Total9.09550102---
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Ryu (W, 1-0)6.0
      Y. Garcia1.0
      B. Stewart2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 82-51, M. Koch 62-40
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 6-2, M. Koch 2-11
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 20, M. Koch 19
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 82-59, Y. Garcia 12-8, B. Stewart 31-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 5-5, B. Stewart 2-2
      • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 22, Y. Garcia 4, B. Stewart 9
      • 9TH INNING
        Ahmed hit sacrifice fly to center, Walker scored512
        Marte hit sacrifice fly to right, Peralta scored, Walker to third412
        Walker doubled to deep left, Flores scored, Peralta to third312
      • 7TH INNING
        Hernandez homered to center212
        Bellinger homered to center211
        Muncy homered to right center210
        Walker homered to center29
      • 6TH INNING
        Pederson homered to right, Hernandez scored19
        Jones homered to left17
      • 4TH INNING
        Seager homered to right center07
        Barnes homered to center06
        Hernandez homered to left center, Bellinger scored05
      • 2ND INNING
        Pederson homered to center, Barnes scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Muncy grounded out to first, Pederson scored, Seager to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Stewart Pitching:
        • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Flores doubled to right
        • D. Peralta: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Peralta reached on an infield single to shortstop, Flores to third
        • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker doubled to deep left, Flores scored, Peralta to third
        • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte hit sacrifice fly to right, Peralta scored, Walker to third
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ahmed hit sacrifice fly to center, Walker scored
        • J. Murphy: Strike swinging, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brock Stewart relieved Yimi Garcia
        • M. Koch: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Koch struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Jones singled to left
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop, Jones out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ildemaro Vargas at third base
        • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pederson grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stewart flied out to left
        • J. Turner: Turner flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chris Taylor at shortstop
        • Yimi Garcia pitching
        • C. Walker: Walker homered to center
        • K. Marte: Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to right
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ahmed lined out to center
        • J. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Koch Pitching:
        • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Turner popped out to shortstop
        • M. Muncy: Muncy homered to right center
        • A. Pollock: Pollock flied out to shallow right
        • C. Bellinger: Bellinger homered to center
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez homered to center
        • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes singled to center
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Taylor popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • M. Koch: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Koch struck out looking
        • A. Jones: Jones homered to left
        • E. Escobar: Escobar doubled to deep left
        • W. Flores: Flores fouled out to shortstop
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Peralta popped out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Koch Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • A. Barnes: Ball, Barnes fouled out to third
        • Alex Verdugo hit for Hyun-Jin Ryu
        • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Verdugo lined out to left
        • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pederson homered to right, Hernandez scored
        • C. Seager: Seager lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker flied out to deep center
        • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ahmed doubled to deep right center
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Murphy fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Koch Pitching:
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Muncy fouled out to third
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bellinger flied out to deep left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Flores struck out on foul tip
        • D. Peralta: Peralta grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger singled to center
        • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez homered to left center, Bellinger scored
        • A. Barnes: Ball, Barnes homered to center
        • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ryu grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
        • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager homered to right center
        • Matt Koch relieved Zack Greinke
        • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • J. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Z. Greinke: Strike swinging, Greinke grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • J. Turner: Foul, Strike looking, Turner lined out to third
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • C. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ahmed lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Barnes singled to left center
        • H. Ryu: Ball, Foul, Ryu hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Barnes to second
        • J. Pederson: Pederson homered to center, Barnes scored
        • C. Seager: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • H. Ryu Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to third
        • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
        • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pederson doubled to deep left
        • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager walked
        • J. Turner: Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to third, Pederson to third, Seager to second
        • M. Muncy: Muncy grounded out to first, Pederson scored, Seager to third
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pollock walked
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)