LOS ANGELES — Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger became the fastest player to 21 home runs in baseball history, connecting in his first two at-bats against New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler on Monday night.
Bellinger, who was not called up until three weeks into the season, now has 21 home runs in his first 51 games.
That surpasses by one the totals of Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees, 2016) and Wally Berger (Boston Braves, 1930). Both had 20 home runs through 51 games. It took Berger 55 games and Sanchez 59 games to reach the 21-homer mark.
Bellinger, 21, now leads the National League in home runs. His first game was April 25. He has five multihomer games, tying Mike Piazza for the Dodgers’ rookie record.
The Dodgers built an 8-0 lead before the Mets rallied, launching three of their four home runs against Clayton Kershaw, including two by Jose Reyes.
Justin Turner and Chris Taylor also homered for the Dodgers, who wound up with a 10-6 victory in the opener of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw (10-2) became the first in the National League to reach 10 wins, despite his uncharacteristic off night. He allowed six runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, but also had 10 strike outs. Turner finished 4 for 4 with four RBIs and Bellinger was 3 for 5 with four RBIs.