LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers keep getting healthier.
In the clubhouse, and the standings.
Joc Pederson clubbed another home run and drove in two runs, Alex Verdugo stepped in for Cody Bellinger and collected three hits and three RBI and the Dodgers rolled over the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 to the satisfaction of 45,406 at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers homered in their 31st straight game, one shy of the all-time major league record set by the 1999 Colorado Rockies.
Kenta Maeda (3-1) scattered four hits over 6.1 innings and Dodger pitching retired the final 13 Cincinnati batters in order for the Dodgers’ third straight win, lifting them into a first place tie with San Diego atop the National League West.
Since snapping a six-game losing streak Sunday, Dodgers starters Ross Stripling, Clayton Kershaw and Maeda have allowed only four runs in 21.1 innings pitched.
After his scary collapse being hit on the outside of the right knee Monday night, Bellinger celebrated his X-rays being negative by jogging in the outfield before Tuesday night’s game
“I expect Cody to be in the lineup Wednesday and J-T too,” said Roberts, referring to Justin Turner, who fouled a ball off his left ankle in the indoor batting cage Monday afternoon.
Dodgers ledfthander Rich Hill will make another minor league rehab start today, Roberts said might be back next week along with Hyun-Jin Ryu, who will not require a rehab start.
Verduego has been the Dodgers’ top prospect for two years now. With the trade of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, space has been cleared for Verdugo to play more regularly.
He is batting .370 in his seven starts, with two homers and 10 RBI.
“There is so much talent on this team, we share playing time, and you really have to stay ready for when your number is called,” Verdugo said. “It’s nice to be able to pick Cody up after he got hurt last night.”
Dodgers: OF-1B Cody Bellinger tested his sore right knee with some pregame running in the outfield. He wasn’t in the lineup after being hit by a 95 mph fastball a night earlier but is expected to return Wednesday. His absence ended the club’s longest streak of consecutive regular-season games played at 113. ... 3B Justin Turner was given the night off. He fouled a ball off his ankle while working in the batting cage and it caused his left hamstring to tighten up. He should return Wednesday. ... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) won’t need a rehab start before returning to the rotation sometime in the next week.
With Ryu’s impending return, LHP Julio Urías (0-1, 5.27 ERA) will go to the bullpen after making his start at Milwaukee on Thursday. When LHP Rich Hill (left knee strain) comes back to complete the rotation, RHP Ross Stripling will join the bullpen.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 8.25) makes his fourth start of the season. He has a 1.50 WHIP.
Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (0-2, 2.03 ERA) makes his 150th career start in the series finale Wednesday.
In his three starts this season, the Reds have hit .189 and twice been shut out. They’ve scored one run when Gray has been in the game.