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Bellinger fastest to 21 HRs; Dodgers outslug Mets 10

Bellinger fastest to 21 HRs; Dodgers outslug Mets 10

Though many thought traveling to the west coast could solve the slumping and injured New York Mets, but it was not to be; at least in Game 1.

Jose Reyes blasted a solo homer in the third inning and a two-run homer in the seventh, Jay Bruce laced a solo shot in the fourth, and Gavin Cecchini tallied his first career homer in the fifth inning, a two-run shot.

The Mets made an otherworldly pitcher look like a mere mortal, got two home runs from someone who wasn't even hitting.200 to start the game and a standout pitching performance by a pitcher trying to save his job.

Kershaw has allowed more than one home run in four of his starts this season, matching the number of multi-homer games he had in 81 starts over the previous three seasons.

"Well, when you've got that kind of stuff and you're getting hit like he's getting hit, there's something", Mets manager Terry Collins said. The 17 home runs Kershaw has given up this season is a career worst, topping the 16 he allowed in 2012. 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.

The Dodgers built an 8-0 lead before the Mets rallied, launching three of their four home runs against Clayton Kershaw, including two by Jose Reyes. He allowed six runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, but also had 10 strike outs.




Bellinger's three-run blast highlighted a four-run surge by the Dodgers in the first. In doing so, he tied the major league record as the fastest to reach 20 home runs. Jay Bruce also connected and rookie Gavin Cecchini hit a two-run shot for NY. His ERA jumped from an NL-best 2.23 to 2.61.

Wheeler gave up seven runs and eight hits in two innings. On the mound, Jason Hammel (3-6, 5.05 ERA) faces Boston for the first time since 2013.

On the flip side, Clayton Kershaw had one of the worst starts of his career, but thanks to the Herculean efforts by Bellinger, Turner and Chris Taylor, he still recorded his MLB-best, 10 win of the season. 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.

Juan Lagares underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery to fix a fracture in his left thumb. Wheeler's struggles have continued with Matt Harvey (stress injury, right shoulder) on the disabled list and the Mets still unsure what they can expect from recent returnees Steven Matz and Seth Lugo. On the road this season, Gsellman is 4-1 with a 4.32 ERA.

Over on the Dodgers' side, they're going with RHP Brandon McCarthy on Tuesday.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts, right, after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. NY is also 4-1 in Gsellman's last five road starts and the over is 13-2-3 in the Mets' last 18 Tuesday games.


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