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Home runs by Bellinger, Utley and Forsythe power a 5-1 win

Rich Hill pitches strong five and bullpen finishes it off with four scoreless innings

Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals
Cody Bellinger hits his 11th home run
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The Dodgers continued to hit home runs and got five strong innings from Rich Hill to defeat the Cardinals 5-1 and take the first game of their four-game series in St. Louis.

Chase Utley, Cody Bellinger and Logan Forsythe each hit solo home runs. Bellinger’s 11th career home run was noted by this tweet.

The Dodgers also scored when Corey Seager singled home Yasiel Puig in the third. Later Puig drove home Chris Taylor with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Hill allowed a run when with two on and one out, Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter pulled off a double steal. Pham would then score on a Jedd Gyorko sacrifice fly.

In his five innings of work, Hill also struck out four, walked two and hit a batter.

The Dodger bullpen continued their outstanding work as Pedro Baez, Sergio Romo, Chris Hatcher and Brandon Morrow each pitched one scoreless inning. Morrow made his first appearance hours after joining the team from Oklahoma City.

The Cardinals had a rally snuffed in the seventh when with one out and Paul DeJong at second, Jose Martinez hit a grounder that went off Seager’s glove and into left field. DeJong was waved home but he was thrown out by Bellinger.

Up next

The Dodgers will start Kenta Maeda against the Cardinal right-hander Michael Wacha. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PT.

Monday particulars

Home runs: Chase Utley (3), Cody Bellinger (11), Logan Forsythe (1)

WP - Rich Hill (2-2): 5 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

LP - Mike Leake (5-3): 7 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts