After dropping their final two games against the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned home, where they have the best winning percentage in baseball, to face the Toronto Blue Jays.
The three-game Interleague series got off to a positive start for the Dodgers as they slugged 15 hits, including five home runs in a 16-3 rout of a game Toronto actually held a lead in.
The Dodgers got their scoring started in the bottom of the third when they brought home five runs, all with two outs. A.J. Pollock hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field. He finished 2-for-4 with a double and two walks as well.
Will Smith also contributed in that third inning with a towering two-run home run to left-center field. He now has 11 longballs in just 27 career games as he continues to impress in his first taste of big-league action.
Los Angeles then added three more runs in the fourth on a base-clearing double by Cody Bellinger. The leading National League MVP candidate now has his first 100 RBI season, but he was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple and had his pants fall down in the process.
Max Muncy was swinging a hot bat on the road trip and brought that back to Dodger Stadium with him when he slugged a home run to right field in the bottom of the sixth. He has gone deep in four straight games to give him 32 total for the season.
Chris Taylor also hit a home run, clubbing a three-run shot in the sixth. Taylor had one of his best games of the season in his first off the 10-day injured list, going 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and season-high-tying four RBI.
The final homer of the night came from Joc Pederson in the bottom of the eighth off a Blue Jays position player. Pederson reached the 25-home run milestone for the fourth time in five full seasons with the Dodgers.
Tuesday marked the 18th time this season the Dodgers hit at least four home runs in a game. That’s the second-most in a season in Major League history, behind only the 2017 Baltimore Orioles (19), per STATS LLC.
All of those runs were in support of Clayton Kershaw, who passed Sandy Koufax for most wins in franchise history at 166. He tossed six innings for the 22nd time in as many starts this season.