After a quiet Saturday and Sunday at the plate, the Dodgers offense exploded for 12 runs on Tuesday night in their 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. After an incredible streak last week, the Dodgers hit more than four home runs as a team yet again, hitting five tonight. It was the 18th time they’ve done so this season. Only the Orioles in 2017 have done it more times (19).
After trailing 2-0, the Dodgers put up five runs in the bottom of the third. All the runs came with two outs. A.J. Pollock hit a solo homer, putting the Dodgers on the board. Max Muncy then drew a walk, and Will Smith followed with a two-run homer.
Cody Bellinger singled and Chris Taylor walked, putting two runners on for Corey Seager. With the count full, Seager doubled to left, bringing in both runners and giving LA the 5-2 lead.
LA scored three runs the next inning, thanks to a Cody Bellinger bases-clearing double. He also nearly lost his pants on the play.
The Dodgers put up a four-spot in the sixth, giving them the 12-3 lead. Muncy hit a solo homer, his 32nd of the season. Smith and Bellinger followed with walks, and Chris Taylor brought them in with a three-run homer. In his first game back from the Injured List, Taylor went 3-for-4 with four RBI.
LA scored four more runs in the eighth, with three coming via a Joc Pederson home run. He now has 25 long balls on the year.
With all the great offense, it was easy to forget about the pitching in this game. Clayton Kershaw made history, as he picked up his 166th career victory, the most by a left-handed pitcher in Dodgers franchise history.
He threw six innings, to no surprise. He’s now thrown at least six innings in all 22 of his starts this season, the fourth longest streak in Dodgers history. He’s the sixth pitcher over the last decade with a streak this long to begin the year.
In his six innings, he allowed three runs, two of which came off the bat of Bo Bichette. He’s the youngest player ever with a multi-homer game off Kershaw.
Caleb Ferguson, Dylan Floro and Yimi Garcia all threw a scoreless inning of relief.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (13-2) 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 SO
LP: Sein Reid-Foley (2-4) 1 2⁄3 IP, 5 ER
Home runs: A.J. Pollock (9) Will Smith (11) Max Muncy (32) Chris Taylor (9) Joc Pederson (25)
The Dodgers will look to get the series win tomorrow, as Walker Buehler will get the start. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. PT.