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Joc Pederson hit two more home runs Wednesday, and the Los Angeles Dodgers set a National League record for homers in a season during a 7-3 victory that gave them a three-game sweep over the visiting Colorado Rockies.
It was the Dodgers’ second sweep in their past three home series and third in their past five. Los Angeles earned its 92nd win, matching last year’s total.
The Rockies saw their losing streak reach a season-high nine games, during which they have allowed 82 runs.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted just 4 1/3 innings, the third straight outing in which he failed to pitch five innings. The NL starter in the All-Star Game gave up three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Pederson belted two home runs in a game for the second time in the series. He did not play Tuesday following a collision with the right field wall Monday that forced him out of the game after he already hit a pair of homers.
He also hit a game-winning, pinch-hit homer in the 11th inning Sunday at Arizona.
The Dodgers now have 250 home runs, eclipsing the 2000 Houston Astros, who previously held the NL record at 249. The Astros moved to the American League in 2013.
Pederson, who has 32 of Los Angeles’ homers, extended a run of six hits in six at-bats. Five of those six hits were home runs, and the other was a double. The 6-for-6 run ended with a strikeout in the sixth inning.
Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela (8-10) saw his struggles continue as he gave up five runs on four hits over three innings with one walk and one strikeout. He has a 16.55 ERA over his past six major league starts.
Pederson hit Senzatela’s fourth pitch of the game into the Colorado bullpen in right field.
The Dodgers took control with four runs in the third inning, getting RBI singles from Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger as well as RBI fielder’s-choice grounders from Justin Turner and Matt Beaty for a 5-0 lead.
Pederson added a two-run home run in the fourth off right-hander Wes Parsons.
Ryan McMahon, Drew Butera and Ian Desmond had RBI hits for the Rockies.
Dodgers left-hander Adam Kolarek (6-3) earned the victory after recording two outs in the fifth inning. The Dodgers are 13-3 against the Rockies this season, including a 6-0 mark at Dodger Stadium.
—Field Level Media