Cody Bellinger picked a fine time to get his first hit with the bases loaded in 2018. In a scoreless game, Bellinger didn’t miss a fastball up around the letters, sending it to the upper deck in right field for a grand slam.
The four runs would prove to be enough for the Dodgers as they took the opener over the Mets by the score of 5-2. Los Angeles now owns a 10-game winning streak over New York and have won six of the last seven at Citi Field.
It was the third homer in five at-bats for Bellinger against Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler, dating back to last June when he hit a pair of homers against the right-hander. Wheeler tried to sneak three straight high-90s fastballs past Bellinger and the last was on a tee.
Wheeler struggled in the sixth after he held the Dodgers to two hits and a walk over the first five innings. Joc Pederson walked on what looked like strike three, followed by a Max Muncy walk and bloop single for Matt Kemp to bring Bellinger to the plate for the crushing blow.
Alex Wood pitched well over six innings, holding the Mets to just two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking one. With two outs in the sixth, Wood left a changeup over the plate to Jose Bautista that ended up in the party deck in left field for a two-run shot.
Friday was the first time since May 20 that Wood made it through six innings and the Dodgers have now won three of his last four starts.
Tacking on some insurance in the top of the ninth, Yasiel Puig capped off his two-hit night with a solo homer to left.
The Dodgers get Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.76) back from the DL to face Jacob deGrom (5-2, 1.51) in the middle game of the series.
Home runs: Cody Bellinger (13), Yasiel Puig (9), Jose Bautista (3)
WP - Alex Wood (3-5): 6 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts
LP - Zack Wheeler (2-6): 7 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walk, 7 strikeouts
SV - Kenley Jansen (19): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts