Dodgers rid­ing Puig’s homer spree

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Baseball - As­so­ci­ated Press

ST. LOUIS — Yasiel Puig has never missed a post­sea­son since mak­ing his ma­jor-league de­but in 2013, and he doesn’t plan on end­ing that run.

Puig home­red three times and had a ca­reer-high seven RBIs, giv­ing him five homers in two games, and the Dodgers routed the Car­di­nals 17-4 Satur­day to move past St. Louis into sole pos­ses­sion of the se­cond Na­tional League wild card.

“We want to be back in the play­offs, like every year.” Puig said. “We need to play like a team, like fam­ily, hard every day, every pitch, in every sit­u­a­tion.”

Puig hit a solo homer in the fourth off John Gant (7-6) and three-run drives in the fifth against Mike May­ers and in the sev­enth ver­sus Luke Weaver. Puig raised his sea­son to­tal to 21 homers with the first three­homer game of his ca­reer. He be­came the fourth Dodgers hit­ter since 2000 with con­sec­u­tive mul­ti­homer games af­ter Cody Bellinger, Adrian Bel­tre, and Shawn Green.

“He’s fo­cused, and he un­der­stands the im­por­tance of every pitch,” Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said. “For him to be as pro­duc­tive, have that day, get us on the board, have some space with the score, we needed every bit of it to­day. Guys fed off of his en­ergy.”

Bellinger hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Weaver and had a ca­reer-high six RBIs. The de­fend­ing NL cham­pi­ons have won four con­sec­u­tive games and nine of their last 14.

“Once you see him do it, you’re like, oh, I can do this,” Bellinger said of Puig. “I think that’s just for ev­ery­body. That’s why it’s so con­ta­gious. We’ve got a good thing go­ing and we’re go­ing to try and keep it go­ing.”

The Car­di­nals have lost four straight and eight of their last 13.

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