LOS ANGELES -- Given a front-row seat for Cody Bellinger's historic home run binge, Corey Seager did his best on Tuesday to remind Angelenos that his teammate isn't the only bright young supernova on these new-look Dodgers, who have 11 wins in their last 12 games.Seager homered three times and
LOS ANGELES -- Given a front-row seat for Cody Bellinger's historic home run binge, Corey Seager did his best on Tuesday to remind Angelenos that his teammate isn't the only bright young supernova on these new-look Dodgers, who have 11 wins in their last 12 games.
Seager homered three times and Bellinger added one of his own as the Dodgers pounded out five total long balls Tuesday in a 12-0 win over the Mets, establishing a franchise record with 27 home runs over a 10-game stretch. Bellinger has 10 of those, making him the first rookie to hit 10 in 10 games in baseball's modern era. His 22 homers lead the National League, and he's reached that number faster than any player in history (52 games).
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But it was Seager who shined brightest on this night, hitting a three-run homer, a two-run homer, a solo shot and a double. He became just the fourth player to record multiple three-homer games before turning 24. There have been four three-homer games by shortstops younger than 24, and Seager has two of them.
"I think that we've really grown to expect greatness every single night," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Seager. "When he's throwing out hits, not slugging, we want more. It was a matter of time. It was a special night."
Most of Seager and Bellinger's damage came against Mets starter Robert Gsellman, a Los Angeles native pitching in his home state for the first time. With his grandmother watching him pitch live for the first time as a professional, Gsellman gave up four homers and eight runs -- seven earned -- in 4 1/3 innings.
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"They've been hot," Mets catcher Rene Rivera said of the Dodgers. "They are hot. They're hitting the ball out of the ballpark. That's all they're doing is hitting the ball out of the ballpark."
Staked to an early four-run lead that Seager and Bellinger kept building and building, Brandon McCarthy endured no such trouble. The Dodgers' starter allowed just four hits and a walk over six innings, striking out four.
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Double the homers: The first of Seager's three home runs traveled farthest, landing a Statcast-projected 410 feet from home plate to give the Dodgers the only lead they would require. Two batters later, Bellinger added a two-run shot to cap a four-run first inning off Gsellman, setting the tone for what was to come.
"When you're down, 4-0, before you've got an out, that starts to take a little starch out of you," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Quintuple the fun: If there was any doubt as to the game's outcome, Seager smashed it with his final homer of the night, a three-run shot off Mets reliever Josh Edgin. That was the icing on a five-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, who also used a Yasmani Grandal solo homer and a Joc Pederson RBI double to chase Gsellman.
"I've just been getting my butt kicked out there. I haven't been executing pitches. The batters are just too comfortable up there." --Gsellman
"I think everyone is feeding off each other right now. He's a special talent. I think, personally, he's the best shortstop in the game right now. … It's pretty special to watch." -- Bellinger, on Seager
Mets: Desperate for stability from their starting rotation, the Mets will call on rookie Tyler Pill -- another Southern California native -- to start Wednesday's 10:10 p.m. ET game against the Dodgers. Pill made two starts earlier this season, posting a 3.48 ERA.
Dodgers:Rich Hill will get the start for the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday. The lefty will be trying to bounce back from his last outing, when he allowed seven runs in four innings in Cleveland. He has yet to record an out in the sixth inning this season.
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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.
Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.