Since his call-up in late April, Cody Bellinger has been swinging one of the hottest sticks in baseball. The rookie made history on Monday night with two long balls, becoming the quickest player to reach 21 home runs in his career in the Dodgers' 10-6 win over the New York Mets. Bellinger needed just 51 games to reach that mark, which breaks the record set by Yankees' rookie Gary Sanchez last season. The 21-year-old recorded his fifth multihomer game of the season, tying five others for second most by a rookie. Mark McGuire's mark of seven is the all-time record. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw did his usual thing with 10 strikeouts to become the majors' first 10-game winner. He did surrender home runs to Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce, and Gavin Cecchini, as he has now allowed a MLB-leading 17 long balls this season. The left-hander was charged with six runs against him, but did get the support of Justin Turner and Chris Taylor, who both went deep in the win. The series continues between these two teams on Tuesday night.
Kluber, Indians Shut Out Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles' struggles hit a new low Monday night at home, as the combination of poor hitting and poor pitching got the best of them. The O's got just three hits against Corey Kluber, who went the distance in the Cleveland Indians' 12-0 blowout win. The Tribe's ace threw his fifth career shutout to help extend Cleveland's season-long win streak to six games. Kluber struck out 11 and walked none in his 12th career complete game, and second of the year. Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana both went deep to help lead the offensive charge, with Santana and Austin Jackson recording three RBI apiece. The Indians greeted O's start Dylan Bundy rudely, as the righty gave up six runs on six hits in 4.1 innings.The Orioles have now lost nine of 12 overall, getting outscored 106-54 in that span that began with a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on June 8th. The first-place Indians will look to keep the Orioles down, while they remain on the rise, as this series continues on Tuesday night.
Royals Stay Hot With Win Over Red Sox
The Kansas City Royals looked as if they would be sellers at this year's trade deadline about three weeks ago. Things have changed drastically for them, as they improved to just one game under .500 with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Jason Hammel threw seven impressive innings, while Eric Hosmer hit a home run over 440 feet in the win. Lorenzo Cain also drove in a run for the Royals, while Whit Merrifield knocked in the eventual winning run in the seventh. The win was their eighth in nine games, as Mike Minor and Kelvin Herrera closed out the victory in the final two innings. Minor had to escape a bases loaded jam in the eighth by getting Christian Vasquez to ground out and end the threat. Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-run shot was the only source of offense for the Red Sox, who got 5.1 innings of decent pitching from Hector Velazquez. Hammel allowed seven hits, but stranded seven runners, in his fourth win of the year for the Royals. Kansas City can now reach the .500 mark for the first time since April 19th with a win in game 2 of the series on Tuesday night.