Mookie Betts slugs three home runs in Los Angeles Dodgers' 11-2 rout of San Diego Padres

Posted at 10:15 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:15:09-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mookie Betts hit three home runs in a game for the sixth time in his career, matching a major league record, and the Los Angeles Dodgers launched a season-high six long balls in all Thursday night during an 11-2 rout of the San Diego Padres.

Betts tied a mark shared by Sammy Sosa and Hall of Famer Johnny Mize. The star outfielder went 4 for 4 with five RBIs and was hit by a pitch in the leadoff spot, where manager Dave Roberts has been reluctant to lock him in.

With a chance to tie the big league record of four home runs in one game, Betts reached on an infield single in the seventh.

The Padres got off to a good start against Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, with Tommy Pham and Eric Hosmer hitting back-to-back home runs in the top of the first inning for a quick 2-0 lead.

However, Urias and Dodgers relievers stifled the Padres offense for the rest of the game.