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Taylor launches another leadoff homer

Dodgers outfielder hits 2nd 1st-inning long ball of week
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LOS ANGELES -- For the second time this week, Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.

Taylor greeted Arizona starting pitcher Zack Greinke with a home run into the left-field pavilion on a 2-1 fastball. On Tuesday night, Taylor led off the bottom of the first with a homer against Oakland starting pitcher Sean Manaea, and was followed back-to-back with a home run from Corey Seager. Those were the first home runs of the year for both.

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LOS ANGELES -- For the second time this week, Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run.

Taylor greeted Arizona starting pitcher Zack Greinke with a home run into the left-field pavilion on a 2-1 fastball. On Tuesday night, Taylor led off the bottom of the first with a homer against Oakland starting pitcher Sean Manaea, and was followed back-to-back with a home run from Corey Seager. Those were the first home runs of the year for both.

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After Taylor's home run, which tied the game at 1-1, Greinke encountered back spasms and he was met on the mound by manager Torey Lovullo and a trainer. After a warmup pitch, he remained in the game.

Taylor's home run (416 feet) was the fifth of his career leading off a game. He finished going 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Against Arizona in his career, he has a slashline of .326/.359/.581 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 24 games.

"We did some good things in that first inning, got Greinke's pitch count up to 25 or 26 in that first inning," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "But then he kinda cruised the next four innings. We've got to do a better job making the pitcher work in those middle innings."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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