Dodgers use more power to take series in Texas, 7-2

  • Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager rounds the bases after a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, left, is congratulated by Cody Bellinger, right, after a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger, right, slides into second base ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, left, during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

The Dodgers continue to take care of some series business.

Corey Seager, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger each hit home runs Sunday afternoon as they beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 at Globe Life Field.

After losing on Friday, the Dodgers won back-to-back games to take the series from the Rangers. The Dodgers have not lost a series in 2020 (the only MLB team that can say that), winning or splitting the first 12 this season and 18 in a row dating back to early September 2019 (when they lost two of three to the Giants).

The franchise record to start a season is 14 series without losing one (the 1977 Dodgers). According to Stats LLC, the MLB record is 17 (the 1990 Cincinnati Reds).

The three-homer day Sunday put the Dodgers in the record books for another reason. They hit 57 home runs in August — the first full month with the DH used in all games, NL and AL — setting a new NL record for homers in a calendar month.

Sunday’s homers came in each of the first three innings, putting the Dodgers in the driver’s seat for the afternoon.

Seager went deep in the first inning and Smith in the second, both with no one on base. In the third inning, Bellinger hit a two-run home run for the second consecutive day. Over his past 11 games, Bellinger is 14 for 41 (.341) with six home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored.

In the fourth and sixth innings, Mookie Betts padded his team-leading RBI total (26), driving in one run with a two-out single and another with a sacrifice fly.

Even with the Dodgers scoring in five of the first six innings, it was not an easy day for spot starter Tony Gonsolin.

Gonsolin struggled with his control, walking three and throwing a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning. It was the first run Gonsolin has allowed this season — and still the only one in his 17 2/3 innings.

Gonsolin gave up two hits and walked two to start that third inning. He managed to escape with just one run in but it took him 39 pitches to get out of it, ending his afternoon. Four relievers combined to carry the rest of the load as the Dodgers (26-10) won for the 15th time in their past 18 games.