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Betts, Bauer star for new fans as Dodgers crush Rockies 7-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Mookie Betts homered, and Trevor Bauer pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in both veterans’ first home game before their new Dodgers fans, propelling Los Angeles to a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Corey Seager and Chris Taylor hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, while Max Muncy homered and drove in two runs for the defending World Series champions. The major league-leading Dodgers (9-2) remained unbeaten in Chavez Ravine this season with another dominant performance in their ninth victory in 10 games.

Since signing with his hometown team in February, Bauer (2-0) was outstanding in his first start at Dodger Stadium. In the third, Colorado’s only hit was an infield single by Garrett Hampson, and Bauer issued just two walks with nine strikeouts.

LA fans also relished their first chance to cheer Betts, who became a virtual fan favorite when he agreed to a 12-year contract with the Dodgers last year before playing for the club. After winning a ring while finishing second in the NL MVP voting in 2020, Betts finally got to play before his team’s home crowd, which serenaded him with chants of “Mooooookie!” even before the first pitch.

Antonio Senzatela (1-2) couldn’t get out of the third inning for the Rockies, who have lost four straight. They’ve also lost four straight to the Dodgers by a combined 28-13 since beating LA at Coors Field on opening day.

Two pitches after Seager hit his first homer of the season, Taylor also connected off Senzatela, who didn’t come close to replicating his eight scoreless innings against Arizona last week in Denver.

After Betts led off the third with his homer to the left, Seager doubled and scored on Gavin Lux’s two-out single. Senzatela was pulled after Trevor Story made a terrible throw on what should have been an inning-ending groundout by AJ Pollock, allowing Will Smith to stroll home for a 5-0 lead.

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