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Rookie Bellinger makes Dodger history with cycle

The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger homers in the third inning Saturday against the Marlins in Miami.

The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — When Cody Bellinger tripled to hit for the cycle Saturday, the Dodgers dugout called for the ball, giving the rookie another keepsake in a rapidly expanding collection.

His other souvenirs?

“First homer, second homer, first double, first RBI, something else — a lot of firsts,” Bellinger said with a grin.

He’s not the only Dodger marking milestones. Bellinger became the franchise’s first rookie to hit for the cycle, and Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, helping the NL West leaders beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 for their eighth consecutive victory.

Bellinger said the cycle was his first at any level. He’s the ninth player in the Dodgers’ 128-year history to hit for the cycle.

“In this organization there is so much history,” he said. “To see my name on some of that is pretty humbling.”

Bellinger singled in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third, added an RBI double in the fourth and hit his second career triple on the first pitch of the seventh. His triple off Nick Wittgren barely cleared the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who tried to make a running backhanded catch.

Wood (11-0) struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, lowered his ERA to 1.56 and graciously conceded any headlines to Bellinger.

“He’s pretty special, huh?” Wood said. “It’s great to see good things happen to good people. He is as humble and talented as they come.

“I think he feels the same as me — we just want to do well and contribute.”

They’re doing that for a team that has been the best in baseball over the past month. Los Angeles (63-29) climbed 34 games above .500 for the first time this year and has won 28 of their past 32 games.

“I just don’t see anyone compete as much as we do,” manager Dave Roberts said. “When you have the talent we have and compete the way we do every single night, we’re going to win a lot of games.”

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