Bellinger, Muncy lead Dodgers over Pi­rates

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY DOUG PADILLA


Cody Bellinger helps the Los An­ge­les Dodgers with power and a re­fined plate ap­proach, too.

Bellinger hit his 14th home run of the sea­son in the fourth in­ning, then rolled an RBI sin­gle through the de­fen­sive shift in the sev­enth in­ning as the Dodgers beat the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 7-6 on Sun­day to com­plete a three-game sweep.

“Whether it’s a lefty or a righty, there is a time to get big and try to go for the big homer, or re­ally drive the baseball, and there is a time to go for an­other club,” man­ager Dave Roberts said. “And right now, Cody has dif­fer­ent clubs to use.”

Max Muncy sin­gled home the ty­ing run in the fifth in­ning and the go-ahead run in the sev­enth.

Rich Hill made his sea­son debut after re­cov­er­ing from a sprained right knee and al­lowed five runs – just one earned – and five hits in six in­nings. Hill struck out six, walked none and re­tired his last 13 bat­ters as the Dodgers ral­lied from a 5-1 deficit.

“I didn’t change any­thing,” Hill said. “I just con­tin­ued to keep ex­e­cut­ing and mak­ing pitches. I have al­ways con­tin­u­ously got­ten bet­ter as out­ings have gone on.”

Bellinger’s 14th homer matched Al­bert Pu­jols (2006), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Chris­tian Yelich (this year) for the most home runs be­fore the end of the sea­son’s first full month. Bellinger had three RBIs and leads the ma­jor leagues with a .427 aver­age and 36 RBIs.

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