The Los Angeles Dodgers scored 11 runs in the first inning on the way to a 14-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the most runs in an inning in a regular-season game since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
Cody Bellinger led the onslaught with a franchise-record six RBIs in the inning. He began with a two-run single that gave Los Angeles a 3-1 lead. Later on in the inning, he hit his sixth career grand slam, as his drive off Jake Woodford’s fastball cleared the wall and Justin Williams’ glove in right field.
With the win, the Dodgers win two out of three games from the Cardinals, after dropping three of four to the rival San Francisco Giants. The defending World Series champions are 33-23 and one-and-a-half games behind NL West-leading San Francisco.
“I felt we were in position 10 days ago to hit a good run,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “We hit a lull this past series, but guys are coming back. It doesn’t matter who we are playing. If we are lined up and playing good baseball we can go on a run.”
The last time the Dodgers scored 11 or more runs in an inning in a regular-season game was on August 8, 1954, when they were still in Brooklyn. In that game, Brooklyn scored 13 runs in the eighth inning in a 20-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The last time they scored at least 11 runs in the first in a regular-season contest was when they put up 15 on May 21, 1952, also against Cincinnati.
The recent record is the most runs scored in an inning in an MLB regular season game since the Atlanta Braves scored 11 runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins on September 9, 2020.