Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger becomes fastest to 21 HR-mark


Over at Dodger Stadium in LA on Tuesday evening, the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be continuing their four-game Major League Baseball set in a nationally-televised matchup.

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. Wilmer Flores is moving to first base and Gavin Cecchini is coming in to play second base.

Fueled by Eric Thames, the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers have hit at least two homers in four consecutive games and gotten each of their last 15 runs via the long ball.

To put that in perspective, Kershaw had allowed only four earned runs in his previous three starts combined. Kershaw struck out 10 and walked one but allowed six runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Mets.

He gave up two home runs to rookie phenom Cody Bellinger, helping him set a record for the most home runs by a player through his first 51 games.

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The Mets made an otherworldly pitcher look like a mere mortal, got two home runs from someone who wasn't even hitting.200 to start the game and a standout pitching performance by a pitcher trying to save his job. All that power could be trouble for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (4-6, 4.54), who has allowed eight homers over his past five starts.

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Bellinger isn't the only Dodger putting up startling home run numbers this season - so is the team's ace, Clayton Kershaw.

Russell Martin has seven home runs this season, and five have either tied the game or given Toronto a lead, including his tying shot in a victory over the White Sox on Sunday. It just so happens mine are going out of the ballpark right now. "I don't know what you do to change that other than stop making mistakes, I guess".

"We've got a lot of guys swinging the bats really well and they picked me up today", Kershaw said.

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His first-inning homer was a 414-foot, three-run shot to right field.

The Dodgers finished with a season-high 17 hits. The six runs he allowed were the most he has given up in a start since April 11, 2015 in Arizona and the most earned runs he has allowed in a start since he gave up seven to the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 17, 2014. He is now 3-0 in the month of June with a 1.60 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings since coming off the disabled list with a lower back strain. Zack Wheeler (3-4, 4.48) gets the ball for NY, coming off the worst start of his career vs. the Cubs. Gonzalez is quietly having a superb season, going 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA.

Robert Gsellman gets the start for the Mets on Tuesday opposite RHP Brandon McCarthy for the Boys in Blue.

Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50 ERA) is coming off his worst outing of the season, when he yielded seven earned runs on a career-high 11 hits and two walks in five innings against the Nationals in NY.

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