The Dodgers must love Mets pitching.
Five different Dodgers hit home runs as Los Angeles rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the New York Mets, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.
Los Angeles capped off their 33rd comeback victory with five home runs in the sixth inning or later as they have hit a total of 23 homers against the Mets in six games this season.
"When you face very good pitching like the Mets have, we're more focused and guys get the ball in the air," explained Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of the amount of home runs against the Mets this season. "Other than that, I don't know why we hit so many homers against the Mets."
However, the display of power on Saturday afternoon was not just limited to Los Angeles as nine different players homered in the game with every run coming via the long ball.
The home run onslaught started in the first inning when the Mets put on an aerial assault against the reigning National League Pitcher of the Month for July, Rich Hill.
Michael Conforto led off the game with a solo home run to center field to put the Mets on top right away.
Three batters later, Wilmer Flores and Curtis Granderson went back-to-back for New York as the Mets were sitting fastball early and often.
Wilmer Flores launches a solo home run just over the left-field wall, padding the Mets' lead to 2-0 with his 12th homer of the year!!! #LGM pic.twitter.com/QEJzhoPQkS— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 5, 2017
All three home runs allowed by Hill in the first inning came on the fastball.
Curtis Granderson goes back-to-back with Wilmer Flores in the 1st with a solo homer to right-center to extend the Mets' lead to 3-0!!! #LGM pic.twitter.com/8wZObFDeqb— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 5, 2017
Hill had not surrendered more than one home run in a game all season, but allowed three solo shots in the first inning against the Mets.
"I just left a few pitches over the middle of the plate," Hill explained. "Sometimes those translate to pop flys, but today they were home runs."
Mets starter Seth Lugo took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before he was bombarded by the Dodgers in the top of the sixth.
"We were struggling for a little bit," Bellinger told Alanna Rizzo of the first five innings against Lugo. "But that's why our lineup is so deep, it's hard to get through us three times."
Chris Taylor kicked off the sixth inning with a solo shot to left-center, his third consecutive game with a home run as Taylor continues to hit over .416 since the All-Star Break and leads the National League with 33 hits since the Midsummer Classic.
After a single from Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger belted his 31st home run of the season, a two-run blast to right-center that tied the game at 3-3.
"I know we hit a lot of home runs," Bellinger said of the barrage. "We stayed with out approach and luckily we got them."
Bellinger is averaging a home run every 10.97 at-bats and joined Ryan Braun and Chris Young as rookies to reach 30 home runs or more in their first season in the big leagues in the last decade.
Lugo did not factor in the decision, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five and 2/3 innings for New York.
Hill also did not factor in the decision, despite settling down after his frustrating first inning. After allowing three home runs, Hill changed up his delivery, switching to the side arm to give hitters another look.
"They scored three in the first inning and then we shut them down the rest of the way," added Hill. "It speaks to the resiliency of this team. How we're able to continue to fight and comeback."
The change in delivery worked as he threw four scoreless innings after the first, leaving the game surrendering three runs on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in five innings.
With the game tied 3-3, Yasiel Puig hit his career-best 21st home run of the season and second is as many days as the Dodgers took the lead 4-3.
Yasiel Puig crushes a solo home run to left field, breaking the tie and putting the Dodgers up 4-3 with his 21st dinger of the year!!! pic.twitter.com/LI7eCYKAe2— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 5, 2017
Just for insurance, Justin Turner hit a solo shot of his own off his former team in the top of the eighth inning.
"It's nice to see JT [Justin Turner] get back on track today," said Roberts. "Corey is getting going again, and as you saw, CT [Chris Taylor], just continues to do what he does."
Not to be outdone, Corey Seager joined the home run party with a two-run blast to right field in the top of the ninth.
Corey Seager smashes a two-run home run to right, scoring Chris Taylor and extending the Dodgers' lead to 7-3 in the 9th!!! #LetsGoDodgers pic.twitter.com/NtTQcBd9dk— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 5, 2017
Rene Rivera hit a solo home run off Ross Stripling in the bottom of the ninth inning but it was not enough as New York lost for the sixth straight time to the Dodgers this season.
Rene Rivera lifts a solo home run to left field in the 9th, cutting the Mets' deficit to 7-4 on his seventh dinger of the year!!! #LGM pic.twitter.com/3tF3gZK6pe— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) August 5, 2017
L.A. has won nine of their last ten road games and are a perfect 6-0 against the Mets this year.
Los Angeles set a franchise record for the best 50-game stretch in team history with their 43rd win on Saturday. In 2013, the Dodgers went on a 42-8 run, but the 2017 version of the Boys in Blue bested that mark, becoming the first team to win 43 of 50 games in a season since the 1912 New York Giants.
"I think some guys in the clubhouse think I was on that team," joked Hill of the 1912 Giants. "Unfortunately I missed that, and started in 1926 with Murderer's Row. It just speaks to how we follow the process and trust the process."
Hyun-Jin Ryu starts on Sunday opposite Steven Matz in a matchup of left-handers that will air nationwide on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05PM PST.