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Cody Bellinger, Dodgers hope to keep streaks alive

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers try for their second six-game winning streak of the last three weeks, battling the Indians in the middle game of a three-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

2 HR in 3 straight games

Player Team Year
Player Team Year
Gus Zernial A's 1951
Frank Thomas Mets 1962
Lee May Reds 1969
Jeff DaVanon Angels 2003
Source: Baseball-Reference

Cody Bellinger homered twice in the series opener on Tuesday night, which followed his two-homer game on Sunday as well. If Bellinger is able to continue his remarkable rookie campaign with another multi-homer game on Wednesday, he would be just the fifth player in the last 105 years to hit multiple home runs in three straight games.

The last one to do it was the immortal Jeff DaVanon for the Angels in 2003.

Bellinger will have to face Corey Kluber in his efforts on Wednesday. Kluber missed a month on the disabled list with a shoulder issue, but has looked like his Cy Young-winning self since his return.

Kluber has won both starts since getting activated from the DL, going six innings each time, with 18 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings in those games, both wins.

Kluber has won 13 of his last 14 regular season decisions at home, dating back to last June.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Indians
Pos Dodgers Pos Indians
2B Utley (L) 2B Kipnis (L)
SS Seager (L) SS Lindor (S)
DH Turner LF Brantley (L)
1B Bellinger (L) 1B Santana (S)
C Grandal (S) DH Encarnacion
LF Taylor 3B Ramirez (S)
3B Forsythe RF Chisenhall (L)
CF Pederson (L) C Gomes
RF Puig CF Zimmer (L)
Time: 4:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network

The Dodgers’ lineup has the same nine players in order on Wednesday as it did on Tuesday, but with Justin Turner taking over the designated hitter duties in the middle game of the series. Chase Utley, who was DH on Tuesday, is playing second base, with Logan Forsythe shifting over to third.

Brandon McCarthy gets the call on the mound for the Dodgers, looking to snap a two-game losing streak that has more to do with run support than his efforts on the mound. McCarthy has allowed two runs in each of his last two starts, but the Dodgers have scored just one run total in those two games.

McCarthy has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts, and has done so in eight of his 10 starts on the season.

Game info

Time: 4:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network