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Joc Pederson, Dodgers hammer Rockies; Kenta Maeda earns first save of season


Joc Pederson homered leading off the game and added a three-run shot later. It took a gut-busting crash into the wall after a spectacular catch in the fifth inning to finally get him out of the game.

By then, the Dodgers had done most of their damage.

Pederson tied his career high with five RBIs, Gavin Lux scored three runs in his major-league debut, and Los Angeles routed the Colorado Rockies 16-9 Monday night.

The Dodgers slugged seven homers — their 20th game with four or more — and have 245 this season. They pounded out 17 hits, two off their season high.

“It just seemed like a Coors Field game,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “The ball was jumping.”

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler (12-3) allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked none. Kenta Maeda pitched the final four innings to earn his first save.

“Just nothing really working, just didn’t throw many pitches I really liked or liked where they ended up,” Buehler said. “Glad it didn’t cost us the game.”

Trevor Story, Ryan McMahon and Ian Desmond had solo homers, while Nolan Arenado added a two-run shot for the Rockies, who dropped their seventh in a row.

Colorado rookie Peter Lambert (2-6) gave up six runs and eight hits in 1⅔ innings. He struck out two and walked two. With the game a blowout, Desmond pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Rockies before homering in the ninth.

Pederson sustained an abdominal contusion after catching a sacrifice fly by Charlie Blackmon and crashing into the lower wall in the right-field corner. Pederson’s sunglasses and cap went flying as he hit the wall at stomach-level and rolled backward. He fired the ball toward the infield before ending up on his side, writhing in pain.

Corey Seager added a three-run homer in the sixth, Chris Taylor had a pair of solo shots and Matt Beaty had a solo homer.

Cody Bellinger hit his MLB-best 44th homer in the seventh after walking three times and lining out to center in his first four at-bats.

Rangers 7, Yankees 0

In New York, Mike Minor and two Texas relievers became the first pitchers in 221 tries to shut out the Yankees.

New York had the second-longest streak without being blanked since at least 1900 behind a 308-game stretch by the Babe Ruth-led Yankees from 1931-33. New York was previously shut out June 30, 2018, by Chris Sale and the Red Sox.

Jose Trevino, Delino DeShields and Choo Shin-soo homered to back Minor (12-8), who allowed five hits over 7⅓ innings.

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (10-8) grinded through six innings of two-run ball. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

Astros 3, Brewers 2 (10)

In Milwaukee, George Springer’s home run in the 10th, which followed a game-tying homer by Christian Yelich in the ninth, lifted Houston over the hosts.

The long balls overshadowed a 14-strikeout performance by Astros starter Gerrit Cole.

In Other Games

Mets 7, Nationals 3

Rays 5, Orioles 4 (10)

Twins 4, Tigers 3

Braves 6, Blue Jays 3

Phillies 7, Reds 1

Cardinals 3, Giants 1

Cubs 5, Mariners 1

Diamondbacks 14, Padres 7

Indians 11, White Sox 3