LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger launched two more home runs, setting a major league record with his powerful start, and Clayton Kershaw became the first 10-game winner in the National League despite giving up a career-high four long balls Monday night as Los Angeles held on for a 10-6 victory over the New York Mets.
Bellinger reached 21 homers in 51 career games — faster than any other player in big league history. Despite spotting the rest of the NL three weeks before he was called up from the minors, the 21-year-old first baseman leads the league in home runs.
Justin Turner hit a two-run homer and Chris Taylor had a solo shot for the Dodgers, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead against struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler (3-5) in the first two innings.
In the end, they needed all that power and production on an uncharacteristic night for Kershaw.
Turner had four hits and four RBIs against his former team. Bellinger also drove in four runs.
Kershaw (10-2) allowed two homers to Jose Reyes, including a two-run drive in the seventh inning. Jay Bruce also connected and rookie Gavin Cecchini hit a two-run homer for New York.
It was Cecchini's first homer in his ninth career at-bat.
The Dodgers' first five batters got hits, including Bellinger's three-run homer. Bellinger followed Turner's home run in the second with a solo shot.
Kershaw was charged with six runs on six hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out 10. His ERA jumped from an NL-best 2.23 to 2.61. His 17 home runs allowed this season already are a career high.
The Dodgers finished with a season-high 17 hits. They have won 10 of 11 and are a season-high 19 games over .500 at 45-26.
Wheeler gave up seven runs and eight hits in two innings. He was coming off the worst start of his career last Tuesday, when he lasted only 1 2/3 innings against the Cubs.
The right-hander's ERA has risen from 3.45 to 5.29 in two outings.
Gary Sanchez (2016, New York Yankees) and Wally Berger (1930, Boston Braves) both had 20 home runs through 51 games, but it took Berger 55 games and Sanchez 59 to reach the 21-homer mark.
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