Dodgers pummel Blue Jays in series opener

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Stone cruises through Blue Jays order and offense dominates, to secure fifth win in a row.

Nineteen hits by the offense and an excellent start on the mound by Gavin Stone (2-1) propelled the Dodgers to a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Friday night.

Will Smith and Max Muncy led the way for the Dodgers as the team roughed Blue Jays starter Chris Bassit for seven earned runs over only 2 2/3 innings. Shohei Ohtani homered in his first at-bat and there were six hitters in the Dodgers lineup with multi-hit games. 

Stone and Nick Ramirez were all the Dodgers needed on the mound, with both arms only combining for three strikeouts, but allowing only two earned runs combined to put away the Blue Jays. 

The Dodgers are now 17-11 on the season and first in the National League West.  

Here are three takeaways:

Over the five-game winning streak, Dodgers are hitting .351, with a .472 OBP and 1.046 OPS. The advanced numbers may look great as a whole, but the biggest takeaway is they have outscored their opponents 39-6 in the last five games. 

Again, it seems the Dodgers have overcome a slow start. The Nos. 1 through 6 hitters were 9 for 15 with three home runs and three walks, which shows that they are locked in at the plate. 

This is the offense that Dodgers fans have come to expect with all of the talent on the roster. 

It is never easy to get through the Blue Jays lineup unscathed, but that is what Gavin Stone did. The right-hander turned in one of the best starts of his career, throwing seven innings and allowing up two hits.

 He created soft contact, used his six-pitch mix effectively, and pitched through the seventh inning for the first time. While Stone still has a 4.68 ERA, he is starting to show signs of being a reliable arm at the back of the rotation. 

The team has a +33 run differential over this streak, including the highest number of runs they have scored this season on Friday. What that differential says is that they are doing it with hitting and pitching. 

They are finally starting to gain steam and make a solid run, right on par with how they have played around late April and May in years past. Not to mention, Walker Buehler is among many players the team is getting back from the injured list soon. 

The Dodgers will send ace Tyler Glasnow to the mound to face Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi at 12:07 p.m. Saturday.