Dodgers homer in record 33 straight home games, beat Pirates

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Bellinger's one mighty swing of the bat was loaded with historical significance.

Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Dodgers set a major league record with homers in 33 consecutive home games in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Bellinger's blast was noteworthy for other reasons, too. He moved into a tie for the major league lead for home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich at 13 and set the major league record for total bases in the months of March-April with 88. He also set a Dodgers' record for home runs in March-April, moving past Matt Kemp.

With his total-base mark, he moved past former teammate Chase Utley, who had 85 total bases before the start of May in the 2008 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Utley, who now works in baseball operations for the Dodgers, was on hand before Friday's game.

''It feels pretty cool,'' Bellinger said about passing Utley's mark. ''I honestly didn't know until he told me at the game today. So hopefully he is here (Saturday) so we can talk about it.''

So it was Utley that informed him that a record-breaking night could be ahead?

''No, they told me in the dugout after it happened,'' Bellinger said.

With home runs in their first 14 home games this season, the Dodgers also matched this year's Milwaukee Brewers and the 1962 New York Mets for most consecutive home games with a home run to open a season.

Josh Bell hit a home run for the Pirates, who were otherwise held in check by Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Pirates lost a season-worst sixth consecutive game, a skid that followed a five-game winning streak.

''Like I always say, it's pretty comfortable pitching at home, especially knowing how my teammates will help me in terms of putting up runs early,'' Ryu said through an interpreter. ''That has led to successful results. And seeing that consecutive (home-run streak) definitely builds my confidence.''

Ryu (3-1) struck out 10 and gave up two runs over seven innings in his second start since returning from the injured list due to a strained left groin. It was the first time the left-hander reached double-digits in strikeouts since July 13, 2014.

''He pitched us basically as we anticipated because he had good stuff, he mixed his pitches well,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He kept the ball away, he kept the ball down, the cutter played in tight. We had early opportunities we weren't able to get traction with and that hurt us.''

Pirates starter Chris Archer (1-2) gave up six runs on six hits over four innings, the most earned runs he has allowed in an outing since Aug. 26 of last season at Milwaukee. Heading into the game, Pirates starters had given up 11 home runs, the fewest in baseball.

Bellinger's home run in the first was his eighth at Dodger Stadium this season. Austin Barnes added a solo shot in the second inning, his third of the season.

''If I had my slider working like it normally is working, then I'm able to (put away hitters),'' Archer said. ''Tonight, I didn't. I left a change-up up to Bellinger, which, you know, it happens. Anything that dude sees right now, he's smashing. But other than that, most of the damage was on sliders that I left over the plate or fastballs that I didn't locate well enough.''

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Adam Frazier and Melky Cabrera each singled four pitches into the game and Frazier scored when Gregory Polanco grounded into a double play. The Pirates fell to 12-6 when scoring first.

NO WALKING ZONE

Friday's outing was Ryu's third in five tries in which he did not walk a batter. He has given only two free passes in 27 1/3 innings this season.

Both of Ryu's walks this year were on borderline pitches, and he has not walked a batter at home since Aug. 26 of last season. In that stretch, he has struck out 58 batters over 56 innings.

Pinpoint control has always been a priority for the lefty. He's executing that plan well of late.

''I guess it all goes back to how I was taught going back to elementary school,'' Ryu said. ''People around me told me how it's better to give up a homer than a base on balls. Unfortunately, that led to consecutive games of me giving up homers right now. That is the downside, but at least I don't have anybody that gets on base for free. It's just the nature of how I attack hitters.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Outfielder Corey Dickerson, who has been out since April 4 because of a shoulder strain, is set to join Triple-A Indianapolis at Charlotte for a minor league rehab assignment.

Dodgers: Catcher Russell Martin, who has been out since April 10 with a back injury, participated in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium and is expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday, manager Dave Roberts said. . Right-hander Tony Cingrani, who hasn't pitched this season because of shoulder soreness, threw on the side and could be headed on a rehab assignment next week, according to Roberts.

UP NEXT

Joe Musgrove (1-1, 1.59 ERA), who has left each of his last two starts with a lead in the seventh inning, will take the mound Saturday at Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 2.77) will make his third start of the season Saturday, after delivering a quality start at Milwaukee on Sunday despite four walks.

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  • W: H. Ryu (3-1)L: C. Archer (1-2)
  • HR: PIT - J. Bell (6), LAD - A. Barnes (3), C. Bellinger (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Cervelli C40200011.184.253.250.5031.5
B. Reynolds CF40100021.438.438.6251.0631.0
C. Tucker SS40000033.240.269.480.749-1.5
C. Archer P10000002.111.111.111.2220.0
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N. Kingham P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Moran 3B00000000.265.357.449.8060.0
  • a-struck out for Archer in the 5th
  • b-singled for Kingham in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF50000024.247.361.6541.015-1.0
C. Seager SS40000011.266.367.404.771-0.5
J. Turner 3B41300000.272.378.304.6834.0
C. Bellinger RF31221101.433.509.9181.4269.0
A. Pollock CF31000123.232.297.343.6411.0
M. Muncy 1B21000111.218.323.462.7841.5
a- D. Freese PH-1B00000100.189.348.378.7261.0
E. Hernandez 2B41110021.238.337.464.8012.0
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Y. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Muncy in the 8th
  • b-singled for Floro in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Reynolds (3)
  • HR - J. Bell (6)
  • RBI - J. Bell (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, J. Kang, F. Cervelli, C. Tucker, C. Archer 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Barnes (2)
  • HR - C. Bellinger (13), A. Barnes (3)
  • SH - H. Ryu (2)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (33), E. Hernandez (15), A. Barnes 3 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (13), A. Barnes (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson 3 (3), C. Seager, A. Pollock 2 (2), M. Muncy
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bell)
  • E - N. Kingham, G. Polanco
  • PB - F. Cervelli (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Seager)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (L, 1-2)4.06663324.331.30-6.5
N. Kingham2.00001304.351.166.5
R. Rodriguez1.02000203.751.332.0
F. Vazquez1.01001200.001.202.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (L, 1-2)4.0
N. Kingham2.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (W, 3-1)7.082201012.961.0226.0
S. Alexander0.21000003.481.26-1.0
D. Floro0.10000000.000.730.0
Y. Garcia1.00000105.681.113.5
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (W, 3-1)7.0
S. Alexander0.2
D. Floro0.1
Y. Garcia1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 88-53, N. Kingham 29-18, R. Rodriguez 24-14, F. Vazquez 24-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 2-6, N. Kingham 3-0, R. Rodriguez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 20, N. Kingham 7, R. Rodriguez 5, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 105-66, S. Alexander 6-5, D. Floro 1-1, Y. Garcia 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 8-2, D. Floro 1-0
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 28, S. Alexander 3, D. Floro, Y. Garcia 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B41100001.263.337.363.7002.0
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G. Polanco RF40100011.313.353.375.7280.5
J. Bell 1B41111021.282.364.612.9755.0
J. Kang 3B40100011.176.243.397.6400.5
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F. Cervelli C40200011.184.253.250.5031.5
B. Reynolds CF40100021.438.438.6251.0631.0
C. Tucker SS40000033.240.269.480.749-1.5
C. Archer P10000002.111.111.111.2220.0
a- P. Reyes PH10000010.100.182.100.282-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Archer in the 5th
  • b-singled for Kingham in the 7th
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J. Pederson LF50000024.247.361.6541.015-1.0
C. Seager SS40000011.266.367.404.771-0.5
J. Turner 3B41300000.272.378.304.6834.0
C. Bellinger RF31221101.433.509.9181.4269.0
A. Pollock CF31000123.232.297.343.6411.0
M. Muncy 1B21000111.218.323.462.7841.5
a- D. Freese PH-1B00000100.189.348.378.7261.0
E. Hernandez 2B41110021.238.337.464.8012.0
A. Barnes C41231011.210.342.387.7299.5
H. Ryu P10000110.000.222.000.2220.5
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Floro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Taylor PH10100000.175.257.254.5111.0
Y. Garcia P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-walked for Muncy in the 8th
  • b-singled for Floro in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Reynolds (3)
  • HR - J. Bell (6)
  • RBI - J. Bell (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, J. Kang, F. Cervelli, C. Tucker, C. Archer 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Barnes (2)
  • HR - C. Bellinger (13), A. Barnes (3)
  • SH - H. Ryu (2)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (33), E. Hernandez (15), A. Barnes 3 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (13), A. Barnes (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Pederson 3 (3), C. Seager, A. Pollock 2 (2), M. Muncy
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bell)
  • E - N. Kingham, G. Polanco
  • PB - F. Cervelli (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Muncy-Seager)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (L, 1-2)4.06663324.331.30-6.5
N. Kingham2.00001304.351.166.5
R. Rodriguez1.02000203.751.332.0
F. Vazquez1.01001200.001.202.0
Total8.09665102---
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (L, 1-2)4.0
N. Kingham2.0
R. Rodriguez1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Ryu (W, 3-1)7.082201012.961.0226.0
S. Alexander0.21000003.481.26-1.0
D. Floro0.10000000.000.730.0
Y. Garcia1.00000105.681.113.5
Total9.09220111---
PITCHERSIP
H. Ryu (W, 3-1)7.0
S. Alexander0.2
D. Floro0.1
Y. Garcia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 88-53, N. Kingham 29-18, R. Rodriguez 24-14, F. Vazquez 24-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 2-6, N. Kingham 3-0, R. Rodriguez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 20, N. Kingham 7, R. Rodriguez 5, F. Vazquez 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Ryu 105-66, S. Alexander 6-5, D. Floro 1-1, Y. Garcia 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Ryu 8-2, D. Floro 1-0
  • Batters Faced - H. Ryu 28, S. Alexander 3, D. Floro, Y. Garcia 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Barnes doubled to left center, Muncy and Hernandez scored26
    Hernandez singled to right, Pollock scored, Muncy to third on right fielder Polanco fielding error24
    Bell homered to center23
  • 2ND INNING
    Barnes homered to left13
  • 1ST INNING
    Bellinger homered to right center, Turner scored12
    Polanco grounded into double play shortstop to first, Frazier scored, Cabrera out at second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Yimi Garcia pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli flied out to right
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Tucker flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Scott Alexander relieved Hyun-Jin Ryu
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to center
    • J. Bell: Bell lined out to right
    • Dylan Floro relieved Scott Alexander
    • J. Kang: Kang grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • Colin Moran at third base
    • David Freese hit for Max Muncy
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freese walked
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to left
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
    • Chris Taylor hit for Dylan Floro
    • C. Taylor: Foul, Ball, Foul, Taylor reached on an infield single to shortstop, Freese to second
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to third
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Tucker struck out looking
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Nick Kingham
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Foul, Ball, Shuck singled to left center
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier reached on fielder's choice to second, Shuck out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Richard Rodriguez pitching
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pederson grounded out to second
    • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger singled to left center, Turner to third
    • A. Pollock: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kang singled to left
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Kingham Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Barnes grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Ryu: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ryu struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Pablo Reyes hit for Chris Archer
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Kingham pitching
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • A. Pollock: Bellinger to second on Kingham throwing error, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Muncy grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell homered to center
    • J. Kang: Ball, Kang grounded out to third
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Cervelli singled to right center
    • B. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Reynolds struck out on foul tip
    • C. Tucker: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Tucker struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pollock walked
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked, Pollock to second
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to right, Pollock scored, Muncy to third on right fielder Polanco fielding error
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez to second on passed ball, Foul, Foul, Barnes doubled to left center, Muncy and Hernandez scored
    • H. Ryu: Ball, Ryu hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Barnes to third
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Seager flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier flied out to center
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Seager flied out to left
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Turner singled to right
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger lined into double play first, Turner out at first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cervelli singled to right center
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds doubled to deep left, Cervelli to third
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • C. Archer: Archer grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • A. Barnes: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Barnes homered to left
    • H. Ryu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ryu walked
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Pederson flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • H. Ryu Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier singled to shallow center
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to shallow right, Frazier to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Polanco grounded into double play shortstop to first, Frazier scored, Cabrera out at second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Pederson popped out to third
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Seager grounded out to second
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Turner singled to right
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger homered to right center, Turner scored
    • A. Pollock: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pollock flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)