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Cody Bellinger Continues to Crush Opposing Pitchers as Dodgers Defeat Padres, 8-2

Cidy Bellinger belted two home runs for the second time in a week and the Los Angeles Dodgers ran away from the San Diego Padres, 8-2, on Friday night at Petco Park.

The legend of Cody Bellinger added another chapter.

Bellinger belted two home runs for the second time in a week and the Los Angeles Dodgers ran away from the San Diego Padres, 8-2, on Friday night at Petco Park.

Just hours after the Dodgers announced that Bellinger would be the everyday first baseman for the next couple weeks, following the decision to place Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list for the first time in his career, Bellinger provided most of the offense for the Boys in Blue.

"Every time he steps in the batter's box you think something really exciting or special is going to happen," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts. 

The rookie first baseman continues to prove he belongs in the big leagues as Bellinger sent a four-seam fastball into the upper deck in right field to start the scoring in the fourth inning. The ball traveled an estimated 438 feet on the homer.

But the 21-year-old wasn't done yet as be broke the game open in the top of the ninth with a three-run blast to dead-center off Miguel Diaz.

The second home run, made Bellinger the first Dodger player in franchise history to have a pair of multi-homer games in the first ten games of their big league career.

"If you had told me I would start out this hot, I would have thought you were crazy," said Bellinger of his metoric rise in the Majors. "It's pretty crazy how things are working out."

Kenta Maeda got the start, but did not factor in the decision, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in five solid innings.

"It was an interesting night," Maeda said through a translator after the game. "In terms of the result, five innings is a little too short for me, but I'm getting a better feel for my pitches with each outing."

Sergio Romo got the win and Josh Fields became the first Dodgers' reliever not named Kenley Jansen to record a regular season save since 2015.

Clayton Kershaw famously picked up the save in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals last year.

After Bellinger gave the Dodgers a one-run lead, the Padres scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to turn the tables on the boys in blue. 

Andrew Toles delivered a two-run double in then top of the seventh to give the Dodgers the lead and L.A. never looked back, providing an insurance run in the eighth, and four in the ninth.

The Dodgers improved to 7-4 on Cinco De Mayo.

Up Next:

Clayton Kershaw returns to the mound for the Boys in Blue as he goes up against Padres left-hander, Clayton Richard on Saturday night at 5:40PM PST. 

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