Los Angeles Dodgers 16, Toronto Blue Jays 3
Will Smith and A.J. Pollock both hit home runs to jumpstart the offense in the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This was the second big defeat for the Jays in a row, following their 7-0 defeat to the Mariners.
Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw moved past Sandy Koufax on the franchise’s all-time win list.
Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy also hit home runs for Los Angeles. The home side have now gone deep 30 times in their past eight games. The win meant that the Dodgers improved to an MLB-best 49-16 at home this season.
Furthermore, Kershaw went six innings. He gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. This was his 166th career victory.
Meanwhile, Bo Bichette hit two home runs off Kershaw in his first matchup against the Dodgers star. This gave him seven long balls this year. There was more history for Bichette, as he became the first rookie to hit two home runs in a single game against Kershaw.
Bichette’s first home run of the evening came on Kershaw’s second pitch. Meanwhile, Derek Fisher also hit a home run for the Jays. His solo shot during the third inning had given the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. This was Fisher’s fifth of the season.
However, LA unleashed their offense at the bottom of the third against right-hander Sean Reid-Foley. They delivered a five-run rally with two outs.
Six consecutive Dodgers batters reached base, with Smith hitting a two-run home run in the stretch. This was his 11th of the season. Meanwhile, Corey Seager added a two-run double during the inning.
Cody Bellinger increased the LA lead to 8-2 during the fourth inning with a three-run double. He was out trying to stretch the hit into a triple. However, he did reach 100 RBIs on the run for the first time in his MLB career.
Bichette delivered his second home run of the game during the sixth inning. Before Muncy hit his 32nd home run, and Taylor matched that, to strike his ninth on his first game back from injury.