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Dodgers set club record with 50-HR month

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ANAHEIM -- With Joc Pederson's three-run shot in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 6-2 win vs. the Angels on Thursday night, the Dodgers reached 50 home runs in June, a franchise record for any month.

"The at-bats collectively in June, very good, obviously," manager Dave Roberts said. "The results, obviously very good. But I think that the focus, the keeping the line moving, winning pitches, I think that resulted in the long ball. It is incredible, and you look at the month and what we did offensively and that's something that we know potentially that this lineup can do." 

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ANAHEIM -- With Joc Pederson's three-run shot in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 6-2 win vs. the Angels on Thursday night, the Dodgers reached 50 home runs in June, a franchise record for any month.

"The at-bats collectively in June, very good, obviously," manager Dave Roberts said. "The results, obviously very good. But I think that the focus, the keeping the line moving, winning pitches, I think that resulted in the long ball. It is incredible, and you look at the month and what we did offensively and that's something that we know potentially that this lineup can do." 

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The Dodgers entered the game with 47 homers in June, the highest mark of any month since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and two shy of the franchise record of 49, set in July and August 1953. Chase Utley and Yasiel Puig hit solo shots in the fifth to tie the mark.

Video: LAD@LAA: Puig crushes a solo homer to left field

"We got guys with a ton of pop and up and down our lineup," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said. "Knowing from experience it's not fun, knowing that any mistake the yard that many times to pretty much in our lineup. That's a good feeling for us and not the other team." 

On their way to setting this record, the Dodgers homered in 17 consecutive games, from June 7-25, which is tied for second-longest stretch in franchise history.

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger has the most home runs for the club this month, with 13. Puig and Pederson are second, at six apiece.

Video: LAD@LAA: Utley smacks a solo home run to right field

With seeing so many balls leave the yard consistently, it's easy to overswing or get greedy, but Roberts said that hasn't been much of an issue, pointing out an at-bat by Bellinger on Thursday.

"I think we're doing a good job at that," Roberts said. "It was good to see Cody stay a little bit shorter and hit a double down the line. He's a guy that they weren't going to let beat them. I think a little bit of his swing was getting long. For him to get back within himself and square the baseball up, it was good to see."

The Dodgers close out June on Friday in San Diego.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley