Dodgers' rookie Cody Bellinger becomes fastest to 21 HR-mark

Kansas City Royals Eric Hosmer gestures to Mike Moustakas after scoring on a double hit by Moustakas during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday

Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50 ERA) is coming off his worst outing of the season, when he yielded seven earned runs on a career-high 11 hits and two walks in five innings against the Nationals in NY.

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.

Bellinger didn't make his major league debut until April 25. He channeled his inner Roy Hobbs when he hit a home run into the lights beyond the left field fence.

It's a tough task for a rookie hitter to face Clayton Kershaw, but they say that if you want to play in the big leagues then you've got to play against the best, and Kershaw happens to be the second-best in all of baseball and the best in the National League with a 2.23 ERA. Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50 ERA) will oppose Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 3.14) in the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday.

The four homers Kershaw allowed tied a career-high. "You hope your mistakes are hit for singles or doubles".

Bellinger's three-run blast highlighted a four-run surge by the Dodgers in the first.

However, Reyes took Kershaw deep again in the seventh with a two-run homer to close the gap to 8-6.

Most expected deGrom to come back to earth on Sunday against Washington's scary offense, but he did the exact opposite. deGrom threw eight innings, had no earned runs and struck out six in New York's 5-1 win over Washington.

Cecchini delivered a two-run shot in the fifth to pull the Mets within 7-4.

The Indians ace is 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA and is a shoo-in for this year's Midsummer Classic. The first five batters all recorded hits, with three of those offerings being in the heart of the plate. He is now 3-0 in the month of June with a 1.60 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings since coming off the disabled list with a lower back strain. The Dodgers have won each of his last eight starts, even though they scored just two runs in three of those. Bellinger, Gary Sanchez (2016), and Wally Berger (1930) each needed 51 games. It was his 19th home run this season.

Juan Lagares underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery to fix a fracture in his left thumb. Right-handed reliever Sergio Romo (left ankle sprain) was activated from the DL and struggling RHP Josh Fields was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Kershaw has allowed more than one home run in four of his starts this season, matching the number of multi-homer games he had in 81 starts over the previous three seasons.

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