They couldn't come back from this one.
Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor both homered, but the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped the finale of the three-game series with the Cleveland Indians, 12-5, on a Thursday matinee at Progressive Field.
Lonnie Chisenall knocked in five RBI as Cleveland snapped the Dodgers six-game winning streak.
Rich Hill had a rough start as the left-hander put the Dodgers behind the eight ball, surrendering three runs in the first inning and two in the second inning.
Edwin Encarnacion homered off Hill in the bottom of the second, a mammoth shot to left field for his 13th long ball of the season.
Edwin Encarnacion belts a solo home run to deep left off Rich Hill to increase the Indians' lead in the 2nd inning!!! #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/5FWZlIjIlF— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) June 15, 2017
Trailing by five runs, the Dodgers clawed their way back thanks to rookie Cody Bellinger.
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Bellinger belted his team-leading 18th home run of the season when he hit a line-drive shot down the right field line that just cleared the fence under the foul pole.
Cody Bellinger ropes a solo home run down the right-field line, his 18th of the season, to cut into the Dodgers' deficit!!! #LetsGoDodgers pic.twitter.com/3EEiHOvHBb— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) June 15, 2017
Bellinger's blast made him the second fastest all-time in MLB history to hit 18 homers, doing it in his first 47 games of his career. Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees is the only player with more homers (19) in his first 47 career games.
One inning later, it was Chris Taylor who continued to crush as he homered off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin to cut the lead to 5-4.
Chris Taylor launches a two-run home run to center off Josh Tomlin, cutting the Dodgers' deficit to 5-4 in the 5th inning!!! #LetsGoDodgers pic.twitter.com/kzmW75Kk4G— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) June 15, 2017
However, Chisenhall broke the game open with a three-run home run in the bottom half of the sixth and Cleveland cruised from there.
Lonnie Chisenhall drives a three-run home run to deep right field to increase the Indians' advantage in the 5th inning!!! #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/mvTfNeLZpB— TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) June 15, 2017
Facing the Indians for the first time in his career, Hill (3-3) allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in just four innings pitched.
Tomlin (4-8) got the victory, surrendering four runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in five innings.
The 12 runs allowed were the second most by the Dodgers this season, and the most since they surrendered 13 runs against the Diamondbacks in Arizona in April.
With the loss, the Dodgers move a ½ game behind the Colorado Rockies for first place in the N.L. West with the Rockies set to take on the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field later in the day.
Alex Wood starts on Friday night as the Dodgers travel a few hours south on the 71 to Cincinnati where they will meet RHP Tim Adelman and the Reds in a three-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10PM PST.
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