Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich chatted in the outfield after batting practice ended. Once Thursday's game started, the bats of the NL home run co-leaders kept the exchange going.
Bellinger hit his 10th home run, Max Muncy also went deep and Julio Urias struck out a career-high nine and allowed one hit in six strong innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the host Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to five games.
"Just conversations, just talking about baseball," Bellinger said of the dialogue between the two. "He's great on and off the field."
Bellinger drove a 3-2 pitch from reliever Matt Albers into the Dodgers bullpen in right center in the sixth inning. Muncy followed with a two-run shot.
That was all the offense Urias needed.
"He was great," Bellinger said of Urias, who is headed back to the bullpen after two spot starts vs. the Brewers, whom the Dodgers beat in seven games in the 2018 National League Championship Series. "Spotting every single pitch. Really confident up there."
The Brewers saw a totally different Urias than the one they beat 8-5 in Los Angeles six days ago, when he gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits.
Held to three hits through eight innings, Yelich led off the ninth with a home run off Kenley Jansen. Bellinger and Yelich moved into a tie with Oakland's Khris Davis with a major league-leading 10 homers.
Arizona 4, Atlanta 1: Christian Walker continued his remarkable late-innings production with a two-run homer in the seventh as the Diamondbacks completed a sweep of the host Braves. Walker's six homers have all come in the seventh inning or later.
Colorado 6, Philadelphia 2: Ryan McMahon homered twice and had five RBI in his return to the lineup and Kyle Freeland pitched six innings as the Rockies beat the Phillies to end a five-game home losing streak. McMahon (elbow) had been out since April 5.
Washington 4, San Francisco 2: Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning in his first victory with the host Nationals, who beat the punchless Giants. Corbin signed a $140 million, six-year contract in December after pitching for six seasons in Arizona.
Cincinnati 4, San Diego 1: Joey Votto hit his first career leadoff homer and Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker also connected for the Reds, who beat the host Padres to end a four-game losing streak.
Kansas City 6, New York 1: Homer Bailey won consecutive starts for the first time since July 2017, holding the host Yankees to three hits over six innings for the Royals. Bailey gave up a tying run on Gleyber Torres' first-inning sacrifice fly, then gave up just one more hit. New York was limited to four singles.
Detroit 9, Chicago 7: Nicholas Castellanos had three hits and drove in a pair of runs and the host Tigers beat the White Sox to end a five-game losing streak. Miguel Cabrera, playing on his 36th birthday, drove in a pair of runs to help Detroit set season highs for runs and hits (14).
Baltimore 6, Tampa Bay 5 (11): Joey Rickard drove in the winning run in the 11th inning with an RBI double, his fourth hit of the game, and the Orioles beat the host Rays. Rickard doubled off Diego Castillo after two-out singles by Chris Davis and Rio Ruiz.