MILWAUKEE — Cody Bellinger saved a run with his glove and nailed down a series-clinching win for the Los Angeles Dodgers with his bat.
After the game, he focused on food.
“We are going to eat some pizza here in a minute,” Bellinger said when asked what he enjoyed most about the day. “Pretty hungry, honestly.”
Bellinger reached over the right-field wall to rob Christian Yelich in the eighth inning of yet another home run, then hit a solo drive off Josh Hader with two outs in the ninth to lift the Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Sunday.
“I thought he hit it well and then I got to the wall as quick as I could,” Bellinger said. “It was so high in the air. You just get at the wall and read it and try to time it.”
Yelich leads the majors with 13 home runs.
Bellinger connected for his 11th home run after pinch hitter Eric Thames launched a three-run homer off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with two outs in the eighth that made it 5-5.
Bellinger hammered a two-strike slider from Hader.
“I just tried to put the barrel on it,” Bellinger said.
On Friday night, the hard-throwing Hader gave up a three-run homer to Enrique Hernandez in the eighth that led Los Angeles to a 5-3 win.
“It just comes down to executing your pitch,” Hader said. “Bellinger is swinging a hot bat right now and he made me pay.”
Joc Pederson hit two home runs on his 27th birthday, including a drive to begin the game, and tied a career high with four hits. He scored three times as the Dodgers won for the seventh time in eight games.
Los Angeles took three of four games at Miller Park. Last year, the Dodgers won Game 7 of the NL Championship Series in Milwaukee.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits and two runs in six effective innings in his second start of the season. The lefty opened on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation.
“At times he had every single pitch working, and there were times he really couldn’t find it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But when he needed to make a pitch he did.”
Angels 8, Mariners 6: ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tommy La Stella hit two home runs and Los Angeles held on against Seattle to end a six-game losing streak. Mike Trout hit two doubles for the Angels, who avoided a four-game sweep in the series with the Mariners. Seattle lost for the second time in 13 road games to start the season, with Mike Leake giving up four runs on three homers in six innings.
Giants 3, Pirates 2: PITTSBURGH — Buster Posey snapped the longest homerless drought of his career with a three-run shot and tagged out Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang at the plate for the final out. Posey’s homer was just enough for San Francisco to end Pittsburgh’s five-game winning streak.
Red Sox 4, Rays 3: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Christian Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, and the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Rays. After starting the season by losing eight of 10, the defending World Series champions are 7-5 over the last 12 games and went from eight to five games behind the Rays.
Yankees 7, Royals 6: NEW YORK — Austin Romine drove in the winning run in the 10th inning with his third RBI single, and New York overcame a bullpen collapse that followed another scoreless start by James Paxton to beat Kansas City.
Rangers 11, Astros 10: ARLINGTON, Texas — Joey Gallo had the first sacrifice fly of his career in his 1,337th plate appearance and matched his best with five RBIs, helping Shelby Miller get his first major league victory in two years as Texas held on to beat Houston.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 4: OAKLAND, Calif. — Justin Smoak got thrown out on a wild sequence that began with another sensational play by Oakland center fielder Ramon Laureano. Smoak homered to help Toronto post its first road sweep of at least three games since 2015.
Cardinals 6, Mets 4: ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs and Noah Syndergaard had better luck at the plate than on the mound, hitting a homer with Dexter Fowler’s help as St. Louis beat New York.
Rockies 4, Phillies 1: DENVER — Jon Gray pitched six scoreless innings, Tony Wolters had a two-run double and Colorado beat Philadelphia for its sixth win in seven games. The Rockies won three of four against the Phillies for their second series win of the season and first at home.
Padres 4, Reds 3: SAN DIEGO — Austin Hedges homered and Wil Myers hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the four-run third inning for San Diego, which beat Cincinnati to snap a six-game losing streak.
Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 1: CHICAGO — David Bote hit a game-ending RBI single in the ninth inning and Chicago used a terrific performance by Tyler Chatwood to beat Arizona.
Twins 4, Orioles 3: BALTIMORE — Kyle Gibson pitched six sharp innings, Willians Astudillo drove in two runs and Minnesota held off Baltimore to complete a three-game sweep.
Tigers 4, White Sox 3: DETROIT — Daniel Norris struck out six batters in five innings to earn his first win in two years and help Detroit beat Chicago. Shane Greene had a perfect ninth inning to earn his 10th save in 10 tries for Detroit.
Nationals 5, Marlins 0: MIAMI — Stephen Strasburg dominated his favorite foil, striking out 11 and allowing two hits in eight innings to help Washington avert a series sweep. Ryan Zimmerman hit two solo home runs, and Brian Dozier also had a solo homer. Strasburg improved to 18-7 in 32 career starts versus the Marlins.
Braves 11, Indians 5: CLEVELAND — Josh Donaldson had two homers and four RBIs, Freddie Freeman added three hits and Atlanta pounded Cleveland’s pitching for the second straight night. Atlanta outscored Cleveland 19-5 over the final 14 innings of the three-game series.