Dodgers’ fast start: 8 homers in victory

As one homer after another rocketed into the stands the Dodgers’ dugout celebrations became increasingly incredulous.

Five homers in the first six innings? Followed by three in swift succession in the seventh? Even the Dodgers’ power-packed lineup was impressed.

“We were all wondering if it was a record,” Kiké Hernandez said .

After the Dodgers finished hitting eight home runs in a 12-5 victory over the visiting Diamondbacks on Thursday, they all agreed they had not experienced an Opening Day quite so powerful.

Neither had any team in major-league history.

Hernandez and Joc Pederson each homered twice as Los Angeles set the record for homers on Opening Day and tied the franchise mark for any game. The Opening Day record had been six homers, set by the Mets in 1988 and matched by the White Sox last year.

Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Corey Seager all homered in the fourth inning to chase Zack Greinke. Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Hernandez then connected in a four-batter stretch of the seventh.

“This is a fun offense,” Muncy said. “A couple of guys go out and get a homer, and it makes you want to get one of your own.”

Mariners 12, Red Sox 4: Tim Beckham hit two of Seattle’s three home runs off Boston lefty Chris Sale and the Mariners improved to 3-0 by winning their home opener. The Mariners followed their two wins over the A’s last week in Japan by rattling Sale, who gave up seven runs — more than he allowed in any game last season — in three innings.

Tigers 2, Blue Jays 0: Jordan Zimmermann took a perfect game into the seventh inning and Christian Stewart hit a two-run homer in the 10th for visiting Detroit. Zimmermann’s no-hit bid ended when Teoscar Hernandez reached on a two-out infield single — the only hit Zimmerman allowed in his seven-inning stint.

Mets 2, Nationals 0: Robinson Cano homered and had an RBI single as visiting New York won a pitchers’ duel between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. The Nationals’ Scherzer struck out 12 and allowed two hits in 7 ⅔ innings; deGrom fanned 10 and allowed five hits in six innings.

Astros 5, Rays 1: Justin Verlander outpitched Blake Snell in a matchup of the top two vote-getters in the 2018 Cy Young Award balloting and George Springer homered on Opening Day for the third straight year for visiting Houston. Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve also went deep against Snell, who won the Cy Young after going 21-5 last year.

Phillies 10, Braves 4: Andrew McCutchen led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer to help Philadelphia win. Bryce Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal this month, was 0-for-3 with a walk in his Phillies debut.

Twins 2, Indians 0: Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double in the seventh and Jose Berrios outdueled Corey Kluber as host Minnesota gave manager Rocco Baldelli a win in his debut. Berrios, who allowed two hits in 7 ⅔ innings, struck out 10.

Yankees 7, Orioles 2: Luke Voit launched a three-run home run and Greg Bird added a solo drive and host New York, which hit a record 267 homers last season, prevailed.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 4: Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and Lorenzo Cain soared above the wall to rob Jose Martinez of a tying home run for the final out as host Milwaukee won.

Cubs 12, Rangers 4: Javier Baez homered twice and Jon Lester won for the first time in his past five Opening Day starts as visiting Chicago spoiled the debut of Texas manager Chris Woodward.

Rockies 6, Marlins 3: Kyle Freeland retired the first 11 batters and limited host Miami to two hits and one run in seven innings, and Trevor Story homered for Colorado.

Reds 5, Pirates 3: Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich connected for a three-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie as host Cincinnati won in David Bell’s first game as manager.

Royals 5, White Sox 3: Brad Keller held Chicago to two hits in seven shutout innings and Adalberto Mondesi tripled twice for host Kansas City.

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