LEADING OFF: Indians set sights on O's, Kershaw faces Mets


LEADING OFF: Indians set sights on O's, Kershaw faces Mets

"We tried to patch it up and it worked for a while, but I've been hit around the yard for a while now", Arroyo said.

With those two homers in the first two innings, Bellinger set the record for the most homers (21) hit by a player in his first 51 games.

Bellinger became the fastest player to reach 21 home runs in major league history, doing so in 51 games and breaking the mark of 20 homers in the same number of games by New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (2015-16) and Boston Braves outfielder Wally Berger (1930).

In the second, Kershaw delivered a leadoff single before Turner's homer put the Mets in a 6-0 hole and Bellinger connected moments later for his second blast of the game. "His track record - I think and I'm certain that it will even out".

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler wipes his face after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner during the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Bellinger, 21, now leads the National League in home runs.

Zack Wheeler watched as each of the three homers he surrendered Monday rocketed to the bleachers and electrified the home crowd at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw's four homers allowed were a career high. Hammel has allowed just one run in each of his last two starts.

It's not hyperbole to say we're seeing a historic start to a career.

"This pace - if you kind of pro-rate these numbers, I mean, that's absurd", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Bellinger, who has hit a home run every 9.2 at-bats.

Wheeler tossed only 52 pitches Monday, but Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen opted to pull the righty rather than have him continue his night. "But it all starts with me". Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer gestures to Mike Moustakas after scoring on a double hit by Moustakas during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.

KKKKKershaw: Despite allowing a career-high four home runs to the Mets, Kershaw earned his 10th win in 6 1/3 innings and struck out 10.

Chris Taylor gave Kershaw and the Dodgers an extra insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with his ninth long ball of the season.

In the second, Turner smacked a two-run shot to left for a 6-0 advantage. All that power could be trouble for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (4-6, 4.54), who has allowed eight homers over his past five starts.

Jose Reyes hit two homers off the three-time Cy Young Award victor, Jay Bruce hit one and Gavin Cecchini added another as both teams hit four home runs in the game, the second time in a week at Dodger Stadium.

Bruce added a solo shot in the fourth to slice the margin to 7-2. Three of those games have been this season - April 8 in Colorado, May 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs and Monday against the Mets. Jay Bruce also connected and rookie Gavin Cecchini hit a two-run shot for NY.