His­toric hits keep Dodgers rolling

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

MI­AMI — Cody Bellinger be­came the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cy­cle and Alex Wood be­came the club’s first pitcher in more than a cen­tury to win his first 11 de­ci­sions in a sea­son, help­ing the NL West lead­ers beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 7-1 on Satur­day night for their eighth straight vic­tory.

Bellinger sin­gled in the first in­ning, hit a two-run homer in the third, added an RBI dou­ble in the fourth and hit his sec­ond ca­reer triple on the first pitch of the sev­enth. His triple off Nick Wittgren barely cleared the glove of right fielder Gian­carlo Stan­ton, who tried to make a run­ning back­handed catch.

Wood (11-0) struck out 10 in six score­less in­nings, al­lowed only four baserun­ners and low­ered his ERA to 1.56 in 16 games this year.

An an­gry Yasiel Puig took sev­eral steps to­ward the mound af­ter he was nearly hit by a pitch from Mi­ami’s Jose Urena in the first in­ning. Puig hit two home runs in Los An­ge­les’ win on Fri­day, in­clud­ing a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth in­ning.

The Dodgers (63-29) climbed 34 games above .500 for the first time and have won 28 of their past 32 games. Their band­wagon in­cluded an en­tire sec­tion at Mar­lins Park, where a group that fol­lows the team on the road un­furled its enor­mous blue flag with the Dodgers logo dur­ing the sixth in­ning.

Los An­ge­les took a 5-0 lead in the third when Bellinger hit his 26th homer and Yas­mani Gran­dal added a three-run shot, his 12th.

Bellinger’s cy­cle — his first four-hit game — was the fifth in the ma­jors this year, and came against three pitch­ers. He be­came the third Dodger to hit for the cy­cle since the team moved to Los An­ge­les, and the first since Or­lando Hud­son on April 13, 2009.

Bellinger is the ninth player in the Dodgers’ 128-year his­tory to hit for the cy­cle. They have im­proved to 54-18 (.750) since his pro­mo­tion from the mi­nors.

Urena (7-4) al­lowed all five runs and needed 82 pitches to get through three in­nings, his short­est start of the year.

Urena’s first pitch to Puig was a 96 mph fast­ball that just missed the slug­ger’s left thigh. Puig shouted at Urena and took sev­eral steps as some play­ers and both man­agers ran onto the field.

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