Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger breaks NL rookie record with 39th home run

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, center, is congratulated by Chris Taylor, left, after hitting a three-run home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley stands at the plate. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger has broken the National League rookie record with his 39th home run of the season.

Bellinger hit a three-run shot in the third inning Friday night against San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Bellinger passed the mark shared by Wally Berger (1930) and Frank Robinson (1956).

The only rookies with more homers than Bellinger are Mark McGwire (49, 1987) and Aaron Judge (46, this season with the New York Yankees).

The 21-year-old Bellinger wasn’t called up to the major leagues until April 25, missing Los Angeles’ first 20 games.

The home run gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead over the Giants.

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