Dodgers hit three homers in routing Astros

Chris Taylor had three hits, including a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the visiting Houston Astros 8-1 on Sunday evening.Mookie Betts and AJ Pollock also homered for the Dodgers (33-14), who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season.Eight pitchers for Los Angeles combined to limit Houston to one run and four hits.Victor Gonzalez (3-0) was the only pitcher to throw more than one inning and was credited with the win. Los Angeles remains 2 1/2 games in front of the San Diego Padres for the NL West lead.George Springer homered for the Astros (23-24), who have lost nine of 11.The Seattle Mariners have won eight of 11 to pull within 1 1/2 games of Houston for second place in the AL West.Houston starter Zack Greinke (3-2) went five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.Pollock hit a 74 mph changeup over the fence in left with two outs in the first inning for a 1-0 lead.Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP who came in hitting .156 in September without an extra-base hit, collected his second single of the game to start the four-run fifth inning.Taylor followed with a softly hit double down the right-field line to put runners at second and third. Following a one-out, two-run single by Enrique Hernandez that stretched the lead to 3-0, Betts lifted a two-run homer to right field to make it 5-0.