Bellinger hits 41st homer, Dodgers beat Braves 8-3

ATLANTA (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting home runs at a record pace, and manager Dave Roberts loves every minute of it.

''It makes me look really good, and it makes the Dodgers look really good,'' Roberts said. ''These are guys that really understand situations, what a pitcher is trying to do to them. Guys like that you want in big spots.''

Cody Bellinger hit his 41st home run, Max Muncy and Justin Turner connected against reliever Sean Newcomb in the seventh inning, and Los Angeles beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Friday night in a matchup of NL division leaders.

It was nothing new for the powerful Dodgers, who set a major league mark with 22 homers in a five-game span when Will Smith launched a two-run shot off Jerry Blevins in the eighth.

''I think we're a pretty complete team all around,'' Muncy said. ''Obviously the home runs are what you notice, but look at what happens before the home runs.''

Los Angeles continued to dominate the Braves, too. The Dodgers improved to 18-6 against Atlanta since 2016, using Muncy's three-run homer and Turner's solo shot to lead 6-3 after Newcomb replaced starter Mike Soroka.

Los Angeles led 1-0 in the second when Bellinger crushed a homer to right-center , his fourth in five games to take the NL lead. He began the night tied with Angels star Mike Trout for most in the majors.

The NL East-leading Braves pounced on Kenta Maeda in the bottom half, going ahead 3-1 on Matt Joyce's two-run double and Ronald Acuna Jr.'s hard RBI single to left-center.

Maeda avoided further trouble when Freddie Freeman lined out with the bases loaded. The right-hander struck out seven straight before Josh Donaldson singled with two outs in the fifth.

Adam Kolarek (5-3), who replaced Maeda and pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings, got the win. Julio Urias worked three scoreless innings for his fourth save.

The two-time defending NL champion Dodgers, who eliminated the Braves from the postseason last year and swept them at home in May, got a run back in the third off Soroka on Joc Pederson's RBI single.

Soroka has gone six straight starts without a win, but was in line for his 11th when Newcomb (5-3) replaced him with two outs in the seventh. Soroka allowed three runs and seven hits. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth when Edwin Rios grounded into a double play.

But the Atlanta bullpen settled into its familiar role of falling apart this month. Newcomb set the tone by walking the first batter he faced.

''When you come in, you can't walk guys,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ''I know it happens and they're not trying to or anything like that, but it's rough when you keep adding the baserunners. The most important person that guy faces when he comes out of the bullpen is that first one pretty much all the time.''

Muncy's 30th homer sailed into the seats in right-center as the sellout crowd moaned. Turner followed with a drive to the same part of the ballpark, the 14th time the Dodgers have gone back-to-back this season.

Muncy figured Newcomb would come back with a slider after starting him off with two breaking balls and a fastball.

''It kind of popped out of his hand a little bit,'' Muncy said. ''He didn't throw it where he wanted to and I was able to put the barrel to it.''

The NL West leaders are 13-3 since July 30.

NICE COMPANY

Muncy is the first Dodgers player with consecutive seasons of 30 homers since Shawn Green in 2001-02. ... Acuna stole his NL-leading 29th base and needs one more to join Trout in 2012 as the only player in baseball history with a 30-30 season before his 22nd birthday. Acuna has 35 homers. ... The Dodgers won their 82nd game to clinch a winning record and haven't had a losing season since 2010.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Roberts said INF Chris Tayler (broken left forearm) and utilityman Kike Hernandez (left hand sprain) could return by the middle of next week's homestand against Toronto and the New York Yankees. Both are on rehab assignments.

Braves: CF Ender Inciarte left after hurting his right hamstring while rounding third base to score a run. Rafael Ortega took his place. ... SS Dansby Swanson has missed 22 games with a bruised right foot and has no timetable yet for a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-2) pitched seven scoreless innings last Sunday against Arizona and leads the majors with a 1.45 ERA. In four career starts against Atlanta, he is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.24 ERA) will face the Dodgers for the fourth time. He is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA against Los Angeles.

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  • W: A. Kolarek (5-3)L: S. Newcomb (5-3)S: J. Urias (4)
  • HR: LAD - J. Turner (22), M. Muncy (30), C. Bellinger (41), W. Smith (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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a- K. Garlick PH01000100.244.306.511.8172.0
J. Urias P10000010.250.308.250.558-0.5
M. Muncy 2B51131012.258.368.523.8917.5
J. Turner 3B51211002.291.372.507.8797.0
C. Bellinger CF-RF41211010.319.417.6721.0897.5
C. Seager SS31100110.267.344.457.8023.5
E. Rios 1B30000114.323.462.6451.1070.5
W. Smith C31121111.329.404.8291.2337.5
M. Beaty LF41100001.288.328.500.8283.0
K. Maeda P20000021.250.250.300.550-1.0
A. Kolarek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Pollock PH11100000.267.325.455.7802.0
K. Negron CF10000000.262.308.361.6680.0
  • a-walked for Pederson in the 7th
  • b-singled for Kolarek in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF-CF50110021.297.376.541.9173.0
O. Albies 2B20000210.297.353.498.8511.5
F. Freeman 1B40000024.308.402.572.974-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B31100100.265.383.526.9093.0
B. McCann C30100101.268.338.430.7682.0
E. Inciarte CF11100000.246.343.397.7403.0
R. Ortega LF30000013.200.200.200.400-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS31100111.207.258.359.6172.5
M. Joyce RF40120011.254.356.421.7772.5
M. Soroka P30000022.095.156.095.251-1.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Culberson PH10000001.301.333.487.8200.0
  • a-lined out for Martin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Bellinger (25), C. Seager (31), M. Beaty (16)
  • HR - M. Muncy (30), J. Turner (22), C. Bellinger (41), W. Smith (10)
  • RBI - J. Pederson (53), M. Muncy 3 (84), J. Turner (57), C. Bellinger (94), W. Smith 2 (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Muncy 3 (21), J. Turner (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Turner, W. Smith
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte (11)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (85), M. Joyce 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, F. Freeman 3 (3), R. Ortega 2 (2), A. Hechavarria
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (29)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Pederson (5)
  • DP - (Rios-Seager)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Hechavarria-Albies-Freeman; Hechavarria-Albies-Freeman; Soroka-Hechavarria-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda4.25334904.181.124.5
A. Kolarek (W, 5-3)1.10000003.691.2310.0
J. Urias (S, 4)3.01001102.531.0914.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda4.2
A. Kolarek (W, 5-3)1.1
J. Urias (S, 4)3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka6.27333412.411.1010.0
S. Newcomb (L, 5-3) (BS, 2)0.12331123.541.39-10.5
J. Blevins1.02220113.911.42-0.5
C. Martin1.00000203.921.104.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka6.2
S. Newcomb (L, 5-3) (BS, 2)0.1
J. Blevins1.0
C. Martin1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Maeda (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 87-54, A. Kolarek 18-11, J. Urias 43-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 1-4, A. Kolarek 4-0, J. Urias 3-4
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 23, A. Kolarek 4, J. Urias 10
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Soroka (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 95-55, S. Newcomb 16-11, J. Blevins 14-10, C. Martin 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 7-6, C. Martin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 27, S. Newcomb 4, J. Blevins 5, C. Martin 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Pederson RF30210000.239.332.490.8223.0
a- K. Garlick PH01000100.244.306.511.8172.0
J. Urias P10000010.250.308.250.558-0.5
M. Muncy 2B51131012.258.368.523.8917.5
J. Turner 3B51211002.291.372.507.8797.0
C. Bellinger CF-RF41211010.319.417.6721.0897.5
C. Seager SS31100110.267.344.457.8023.5
E. Rios 1B30000114.323.462.6451.1070.5
W. Smith C31121111.329.404.8291.2337.5
M. Beaty LF41100001.288.328.500.8283.0
K. Maeda P20000021.250.250.300.550-1.0
A. Kolarek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-walked for Pederson in the 7th
  • b-singled for Kolarek in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna LF-CF50110021.297.376.541.9173.0
O. Albies 2B20000210.297.353.498.8511.5
F. Freeman 1B40000024.308.402.572.974-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B31100100.265.383.526.9093.0
B. McCann C30100101.268.338.430.7682.0
E. Inciarte CF11100000.246.343.397.7403.0
R. Ortega LF30000013.200.200.200.400-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS31100111.207.258.359.6172.5
M. Joyce RF40120011.254.356.421.7772.5
M. Soroka P30000022.095.156.095.251-1.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-lined out for Martin in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Bellinger (25), C. Seager (31), M. Beaty (16)
  • HR - M. Muncy (30), J. Turner (22), C. Bellinger (41), W. Smith (10)
  • RBI - J. Pederson (53), M. Muncy 3 (84), J. Turner (57), C. Bellinger (94), W. Smith 2 (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Muncy 3 (21), J. Turner (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Turner, W. Smith
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Inciarte (11)
  • RBI - R. Acuna (85), M. Joyce 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (28)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, F. Freeman 3 (3), R. Ortega 2 (2), A. Hechavarria
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Acuna (29)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Pederson (5)
  • DP - (Rios-Seager)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Hechavarria-Albies-Freeman; Hechavarria-Albies-Freeman; Soroka-Hechavarria-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda4.25334904.181.124.5
A. Kolarek (W, 5-3)1.10000003.691.2310.0
J. Urias (S, 4)3.01001102.531.0914.5
Total9.06335100---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda4.2
A. Kolarek (W, 5-3)1.1
J. Urias (S, 4)3.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Soroka6.27333412.411.1010.0
S. Newcomb (L, 5-3) (BS, 2)0.12331123.541.39-10.5
J. Blevins1.02220113.911.42-0.5
C. Martin1.00000203.921.104.0
Total9.01188484---
PITCHERSIP
M. Soroka6.2
S. Newcomb (L, 5-3) (BS, 2)0.1
J. Blevins1.0
C. Martin1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - K. Maeda (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 87-54, A. Kolarek 18-11, J. Urias 43-26
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 1-4, A. Kolarek 4-0, J. Urias 3-4
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 23, A. Kolarek 4, J. Urias 10
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Soroka (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Soroka 95-55, S. Newcomb 16-11, J. Blevins 14-10, C. Martin 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Soroka 7-6, C. Martin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Soroka 27, S. Newcomb 4, J. Blevins 5, C. Martin 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Smith homered to left, Seager scored83
  • 7TH INNING
    Turner homered to center63
    Muncy homered to center, Pollock and Garlick scored53
  • 3RD INNING
    Pederson singled to right center, Beaty scored23
  • 2ND INNING
    Acuna singled to left center, Hechavarria scored, Joyce to third13
    Joyce singled to left center, Donaldson and Inciarte scored, Hechavarria to second12
    Bellinger homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Chris Martin relieved Jerry Blevins
    • J. Urias: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Urias struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria singled to left
    • M. Joyce: Joyce popped out to shortstop
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Chris Martin
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Acuna grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Sean Newcomb
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager doubled to deep right center
    • E. Rios: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rios struck out looking
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Smith homered to left, Seager scored
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Beaty lined out to center
    • K. Negron: Negron lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Urias Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Donaldson flied out to center
    • B. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, McCann grounded out to third
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ortega flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • W. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • M. Beaty: Ball, Beaty grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Smith out at second
    • A.J. Pollock hit for Adam Kolarek
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pollock singled to left center
    • Sean Newcomb relieved Mike Soroka
    • Kyle Garlick hit for Joc Pederson
    • K. Garlick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garlick walked, Pollock to second
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Muncy homered to center, Pollock and Garlick scored
    • J. Turner: Turner homered to center
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Julio Urias pitching
    • Kristopher Negron in center field
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Freeman grounded into double play shortstop to first, Albies out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Muncy grounded out to second
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner singled to right
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger doubled to right center, Turner to third
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Seager walked
    • E. Rios: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rios grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Seager out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Kolarek Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to third
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce grounded out to second
    • M. Soroka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Soroka lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • M. Beaty: Strike looking, Ball, Beaty lined out to center
    • K. Maeda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maeda struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Pederson lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson singled to right
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
    • Adam Kolarek relieved Kenta Maeda
    • R. Ortega: Ball, Foul, Ortega grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger grounded out to second
    • C. Seager: Foul, Seager popped out to third
    • E. Rios: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rios walked
    • W. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
    • M. Soroka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Rafael Ortega in left field
    • M. Beaty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beaty doubled to right
    • K. Maeda: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maeda struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pederson singled to right center, Beaty scored
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pederson to second on wild pitch, Muncy flied out to right
    • J. Turner: Turner popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson lined out to left
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann singled to left
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Ortega struck out on foul tip
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger homered to right center
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • E. Rios: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rios grounded out to second
    • W. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann lined out to left
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte doubled to deep center, Donaldson to third
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hechavarria walked
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Joyce singled to left center, Donaldson and Inciarte scored, Hechavarria to second
    • M. Soroka: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soroka struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to left center, Hechavarria scored, Joyce to third
    • O. Albies: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Acuna stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
    • F. Freeman: Freeman lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Soroka Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Pederson singled to right center
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Muncy flied out to right
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pederson out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna flied out to right
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)