Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger each homered in the first inning of Sunday’s series finale against Arizona, propelling the Dodgers to an eventual 9-3 victory over their division rival and stretching their NL West lead to a whopping 19 games.
Turner also slammed a long ball to the left-center field stands in the fifth inning, increasing his season total to 19. Bellinger’s blast was his 38th of the year, placing him in a second-place tie in the National League with Pete Alonso of the Mets.
Catcher Will Smith continued to stay on fire at the plate. The 24-year-old Kentucky native went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer of his own, improving his season average to .313. Smith’s effort also increased his OPS to an impressive 1.106, passing Bellinger’s 1.077 for the team lead.
On the pitching front, Hyun-Jin Ryu once again delivered an outstanding performance. The lefty threw seven shutout innings, scattering just five hits while striking out four batters and walking one. With the win, Ryu improved his season record to 12-2 and lowered his ERA to a ridiculous 1.45.
Mike Leake to the loss for Arizona, his ninth of the year. The Dodgers tagged the veteran righty for eight runs on 10 hits, four of which were home runs.
In relief of Ryu in the eighth inning, Yimi Garcia gave up a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar to wipe out the Los Angeles shutout. In the ninth, JT Chargois surrendered a two-run shot to Nick Ahmed, allowing the Snakes to cut the lead to six.
After a day off on Monday, the Dodgers begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday, starting with a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami.