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Cody Bellinger becomes first Dodgers rookie to hit for cycle

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger (35) looks on after hitting a two - run home run during the game against the Colorado Rockies on June 25, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire)

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger hit for the cycle against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. He did so in his first four at-bats of the evening, completing it in the top of the seventh inning. His cycle becomes the first ever for a Dodgers rookie and just the fifth in the franchise since World War II.

He began the game by singling in the first inning against Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena. He launched a two-run home run off Urena in the third inning, before picking up an RBI double in the fourth off reliever Drew Steckenrider. He completed the cycle with a seventh-inning triple off of right-hander Nick Wittgren, coming around to score.

Bellinger turned 22 years old back on Thursday and has wasted little time in picking up where he left off in the first half. The three extra base hits he collected gave him 44 on the season, including 26 home runs, which ties him for the National League lead alongside Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

The home run is his first since competing in the 2017 Home Run Derby, where he was eliminated in the semifinals by eventual champion Aaron Judge.

Named to the 2017 All-Star team, Bellinger has firmly entrenched himself in the heart of the Los Angeles batting order with Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list as he recovers from a herniated disk in his back. He now has collected as many hits (72) as he has games this season.

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