Bellinger leads Blue

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After 10 games, the Dodgers (8-2) are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the best mark in the National League and capped this past weekend with a sweep of Colorado at Coors Field.

Cody Bellinger (four runs) hit a long solo homer, doubled and singled during Sunday’s 12-6 rout.

“I think he’s a much better hitter now than when he came up,’’ said Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts of Bellinger, who walloped 39 homers with 97 runs batted in and had a .267 batting average in 2017, and leads the NL in homers (seven), batting average (.455), RBIs (18), runs (17) and hits (20).

On Saturday, the Blue Crew routed the Rockies 7-2 behind Bellinger (double and triple with an RBI and two runs), A.J. Pollock (hit with two RBIs), Justin Turner (three hits with two runs) and Alex Verdugo (two hits and two runs with two RBIs).

Walker Buehler (1-0) worked five strong innings, allowing one run with three hits, walking two and striking out four.

The Dodgers swatted 13 hits in a 10-6 victory over Colorado on Friday as Bellinger (two runs) crushed a three-run homer and Max Muncy (three hits including a triple and a solo shot) knocked in three runs.

Russell Martin (two hits with two runs) drilled a solo blast with a sacrifice fly.

Kenta Maeda (2-0) yielded four hits, one run with four whiffs and four walks.

The Boys of Summer claimed a 5-3 win over San Francisco on Wednesday at Chavez Ravine as David Freese (two-run double), Enrique Hernandez (two hits including a solo rocket with two runs) and Bellinger (two hits with a run and an RBI) paced the offense.

On Tuesday, the Dodgers edged the Giants 6-5 as Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0) spun a six-hitter with two runs allowed across seven frames while striking out five.

The key hit was Bellinger’s grand slam in the third inning and Pollock added two hits with a run.

In the series opener, San Francisco prevailed 4-2 on Monday as Brandon Belt lined a solo homer and tossed in a two-run double.


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