LA fell behind early on, but were able to take the lead in the fourth inning. Justin Turner led the inning off with a walk, and Cody Bellinger followed with a single. For Bellinger, it was his 47th hit of the year, setting the all-time major-league record for most hits before May 1.
David Freese stepped up to the plate, and barely cleared the fence in right field. Nonetheless, it still went over, and gave the Dodgers the 3-1 lead.
No Freese-frame needed, it's gone. pic.twitter.com/Nwoihcegyn— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 1, 2019
The offense really exploded in the sixth, as LA put six runs on the board to put the game out of reach. After loading the bases, Chris Taylor doubled to right field, bringing in two runs to give the Dodgers the 5-1 lead.
Austin Barnes followed with a double of his own, pushing the lead to 7-1. Two batters later, Enrique Hernandez hit his sixth homer of the season, giving the Dodgers an eight run cushion.
On the pitching side of things, Walker Buehler picked up his third win of the season. He lasted only 5 1⁄3 innings, allowing three runs, but struck out six and was efficient throwing strikes all night long. Of the 95 pitches he threw, 66 were for strikes.
For the most part, he cruised through the first five innings, including a stretch where he retired 11 straight batters. He allowed a single, double and triple in the sixth, and exited the game with a runner on third and one out. Dylan Floro came in and got both runners out, helping LA escape the sixth with a comfortable six-run lead.
Turner finally connected for his first home run of the season in the seventh, giving the Dodgers a 10-3 lead.
On the night, the Dodgers had 10 hits as a team. Though, none meant more than this one right here. After AJ Pollock was placed on the IL, the team recalled infielder Matt Beaty from triple-A. Making his MLB debut, Beaty singled in his first career at bat.
Yimi Garcia closed things out for LA, throwing two scoreless innings. After a rough start to the season, Garcia has really settled down over his last seven outings. Over that stretch, Garcia has thrown eight scoreless innings while striking out six and allowing no base hits.
With the win, the Dodgers are the first team in the MLB to reach 20 wins on the season.
WP: Walker Buehler (3-0) 5 1⁄3 IP, 6 SO, 3 ER
LP: Drew Pomeranz (1-3) 4 IP, 3 ER, 3 SO
Home runs: David Freese (2), Enrique Hernandez (6), Justin Turner (1)
The Dodgers will look to get the series win on Wednesday night, as they’ll send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound. First pitch is at 6:45 pm on SportsNet LA.