Chris Taylor hit a Homer with three runs, A.J. Pollock and Edwin Ríos added two shots and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored an 11-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
The incumbent National League MVP, Cody Bellinger, had the evening off after struggling in the first eight games of the season and only hitting 0.139 without Homer. The Dodgers' offense was fine without him.
The end of the order showed great strength in the fourth inning when Ríos – who finished seventh in the lineup – struck a Homer with two runs over the 413-foot shield in midfield. Two Batters later, nine-hole hitter Matt Beaty tore another Homer, who hardly stayed fair on the right field line, and gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.
D-Backs starter Luke Weaver (0-2) lost after giving up six runs in more than four innings. The hard-rolled Righty crossed the first three innings before giving up the two homers of the fourth innings.
The Dodgers started the game with a fifth run when the first six Batters reached the base for Weaver and Reliever Yoan López. Justin Turner hit a threesome with two runs and Pollock added a Homer with two runs as Los Angeles extended their lead to 8-2. Taylor's threefold Homer in the eighth made it 11-2.
Dodger's starter Julio Urías (1-0) gave up two runs over six innings and hit five. The D-Backs had five hits, including runscoring singles by Eduardo Escobar and Carson Kelly.
Weaver made the first inning a spectacular and painful second when he was drilled on the back by a hard Corey Seager liner. The ball bounced toward the first baseline before Weaver sprinted after it, reached down and spun the ball to Ildemaro Vargas.
Dodgers: The Dodgers changed their roster for the third day in a row and called RHP Mitch White. The 25-year-old white man replaces RHP Tony Gonsolin, who got off to a good start on Friday. White split between Double-A and Triple-A last season with a 4-6 record and an ERA of 5.09.
Diamondbacks: Arizona called provider Andy Young. The 26-year-old can play in the entire infield and in the corner outfield positions and is expected to provide depth. Young said although his father could not physically be in Chase Field for his first game, he flew from Fargo, North Dakota, to Phoenix to be in the same city for his debut. Young came into play in the eighth as a defensive replacement. The D-Backs sent Josh Rojas to the alternative training site to make room for Young's place.
Dodgers: The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw, will conquer the hill for the first time this season on Sunday. The left-hander should start on the opening day, but was a late scratch due to a back injury.
Diamondbacks: Arizona sends RHP Merrill Kelly (1-0, 1.17) up the hill. Kelly only gave up one run in 7 2/3 innings against the Rangers on his previous start.