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Corey Seager headlines Dodgers power display in win over Phillies

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Los Angeles remains one game back of San Francisco in the National League West

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Corey Seager hit two home runs on Monday night
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Corey Seager hit two of the Dodgers’ four home runs in a 9-4 win over the Phillies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, continuing to make his mark on the franchise record book.

Seager’s solo home run with one out in the first inning gave him sole possession of the LA Dodgers franchise record for home runs in a season by a shortstop, with 20.

He added a fly ball over the short wall down the right field line for his second of the night, and 21st of the season in the seventh.

Seager is just the eighth Dodgers rookie with 20 or more home runs in a season. On that list, he passed Greg Brock (1983) and Eric Karros (1992), and now trails only Mike Piazza (35 in 1993), Joc Pederson (26, 2015), Del Bissonette (25, 1928), Johnny Frederick (24, 1929) and Frank Howard (23, 1960).

Seager’s shot in the first inning was just the beginning for the Dodgers, who added four more runs in the inning. Justin Turner doubled, extending his hitting streak to nine games, hitting .324 (12-for-37) with nine extra-base hits during that span.

Pederson hit a two-run double in the inning, one of his two doubles on the night.

Rob Segedin had a sacrifice fly, giving him five RBI in his first two major league games, trailing only Spider Jorgensen (seven, in 1947) and tying Yasiel Puig (2013) in franchise lore.

Chase Utley add a solo home run in the second inning in his first game against his old team, the only one of 30 major league teams he hadn’t played against before Monday.

Yasmani Grandal hit a no-doubt solo shot to right field in the third inning, setting a new career high with 17 home runs. For Grandal, it was his 11th home run in his last 27 games and 106 plate appearances, since June 30, hitting .349 (30-for-86) during that span.

Grandal added a double in the eighth, and has an eight-game hitting streak. He also took a foul ball off his right shoulder in the ninth inning, but after a brief conference with trainer Nate Lucero finished out the game behind the plate.

The Dodgers’ four home runs were one shy of their season high, done twice, and the sixth time they hit at least four home runs in 2016. The Dodgers are 6-0 in those games (they are also undefeated in the 12 games they hit at least three home runs, too).

That offense was more than enough for Julio Urias, who got through five innings for his second major league win.

The only real hiccup came in the third inning, with the Dodgers already leading 6-0, when the Phillies scored three in a frame that saw a ball bounce off the third base bag and through Turner for a double, another ground ball to Seager that didn’t get anybody out, and a potential inning-ending double play tapper to Urias only to have him throw the ball away.

But Urias recovered to retire eight of his final nine batters faced, and the bullpen quartet of J.P. Howell, Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Josh Ravin combined to allow one run over four innings to close out the game.

Ravin, just called up earlier Monday, is the 28th pitcher used by the Dodgers this season, second most in franchise history, three behind last year.

Monday particulars

Home runs: Corey Seager 2 (21), Chase Utley (8), Yasmani Grandal (17); Tommy Joseph (15)

WP - Julio Urias (2-2): 5 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

LP - Zach Eflin (3-5): 3 IP, 7 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks