CINCINNATI (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit three of the Dodgers’ seven homers — driving in a career-high eight runs — and rookie Corey Seager had a noteworthy homer as well on Monday, leading Los Angeles to an 18-9 victory and a split of its four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.
The NL West leaders enjoyed their biggest home run splurge in 10 years. They’ve won 10 of their last 12 games against Cincinnati.READ MORE: Thousands Of LAUSD Students Still Unvaccinated As Deadline Nears
Gonzalez started it with a three-run shot in the first inning off Homer Bailey (2-2), who had his worst showing since returning from Tommy John surgery. The first baseman also had a solo shot in the fifth, when theDodgers connected four times overall.
Gonzalez’s three-run shot in the seventh tied his career high for homers. He drove in another run with a groundout as the Dodgers scored 18 runs for the first time in 10 years.
The Dodgers needed the big game offensively. Left-hander Scott Kazmir lasted a season-low 2 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs. Joey Votto singled home a run off reliever Jesse Chavez (1-0), one of his four RBIs.
There were homer notes galore:
— Seager’s two-run shot game him 22 homers, trying Glenn Wright’s club record for a shortstop from 1930. He tied his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
— The Dodgers piled up seven homers for the first time since Sept. 18, 2006 against San Diego. The seven homers allowed by Reds pitchers tied the club record.
— Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin hit their first career homers back-to-back in the fifth, becoming the firstDodger duo to accomplish that one.READ MORE: Man Stabbed In Victorville Circle K, Clerk Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder
— The last time the Dodgers hit four homers in an inning was Sept. 28, 2006 against San Diego.
Bailey gave up a season-high six runs and nine hits, leaving after 59 pitches. The Dodgers were aggressive, swinging at the first strike. Chase Utley singled on Bailey’s first pitch of the game, and Seager singled on the second pitch. Gonzalez homered on the first pitch, leaving him 11 for 25 career against the right-hander with six homers. The homer extended his hitting streak to a season-high 15 games.
Bud Norris, who started on Friday and lasted 3 2/3 innings, pitched the eighth to help LA’s depleted bullpen. He threw 18 pitches, retired two batters, and gave up two hits and a walk. Reds outfielder Tyler Holt pitched the ninth and retired the three batters he faced.
Dodgers: RF Josh Reddick was scratched from the lineup because of a jammed middle finger on his right hand that bothered his throwing. He pinch hit and flied out.
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