The Los Angeles Dodgers brought out the big sticks in their series opener against the Miami Marlins, cruising to a 15-1 victory to earn their 80th win of the season.
The Dodgers slugged six home runs, which is the most in the history of Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. Los Angeles was also one out away from setting an MLB record for most hits in a game without recording a single at 11, but Kristopher Negrón lined a base hit up the middle with two outs in the ninth to ensure that didn’t happen.
One record they did manage to reach was the most extra-base hits in franchise history, tying the mark set on Sept. 18, 2006, with 13 amassed by six doubles, one triple and six homers.
Of the six home runs, two were hit by Will Smith. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk, driving in and scoring three runs. Through Smith’s first 23 career games, he has hit nine home runs and 26 RBI , which broke two of Cody Bellinger’s franchise records set in 2017.
Bellinger also hit a home run on Tuesday to give him 39 on the year. That ties Bellinger with Christian Yelich and Mike Trout for the Major League lead and also ties his career high in home runs set during his rookie season.
Bellinger’s home run was the second of a back-to-back with Justin Turner, who hit his 20th of the season. He joined Bellinger, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson as Dodgers to reach that threshold.
The Dodgers went back-to-back twice on Tuesday night, with the first coming from Corey Seager and Smith in the fourth inning. The final long ball came off the bat of Matt Beaty in the eighth. He also had a three-run triple in the ninth inning to finish the night with four RBI.
Although he did not join the home run barrage, A.J. Pollock went 3-for-3 with three doubles. It was the first three-double game of his career. Pollock was removed in the sixth inning out of precaution as he works to fully recover from a minor groin issue.
Lost in the shuffle was Dustin May, who turned in another solid outing to earn his first career win. He only lasted 5.2 innings but allowed just three hits and one run while striking out five and walking just one.