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Dodgers 14, Blue Jays 5

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TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers pounded out 16 hits on their way to a 14-5 drubbing of the Toronto Blue Jays to take Monday's series opener at Rogers Centre.

A.J. Ellis went 4-for-5 with a homer and a career-high five RBIs, while Skip Schumaker went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and hit his first home run of the season. Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Mark Ellis also had multihit games, and helped the Dodgers (51-47) set a season high for runs scored.

It was Los Angeles' fourth consecutive win, and starter Hyun-Jin Ryu's (8-3) second in his past three starts. Ryu went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits, while walking two and striking out four.

The Blue Jays (45-53), who made five errors, dropped their fifth consecutive game and have lost 17 of their last 24 games since winning 11 games in a row.

Toronto starter Josh Johnson (1-6) lost his fourth straight start and failed to make it out of the third inning for the second time this season. Johnson allowed five runs on seven hits and his ERA now sits at 5.66.

The right-hander wasn't the only Blue Jays pitcher the Dodgers hit hard, as Los Angeles scored nine more runs off four relievers, including four off All-Star Steve Delabar.

Toronto had 13 hits, led by Mark DeRosa, who had his second three-hit game of the season. Melky Cabrera, Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion all had multihit games, too.

The Dodgers opened up the scoring in the second inning sending 10 batters to the plate as part of a four-run frame. Ellis hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the year, off Johnson before run-scoring singles from Crawford and Yasiel Puig put Los Angeles ahead, 4-0.

Ellis helped Los Angeles take a 5-0 lead in the third with an RBI single that cashed in Andre Either, who led off the inning with a double.

Johnson couldn't make it out of the inning, his final line: five runs allowed, seven hits while walking one and striking out two.

Toronto got on the board in the bottom half of the frame, scoring a pair of runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Cabrera and DeRosa to make the score 5-2.

But the Dodgers quickly responded in the fourth, taking a 6-2 lead when Ethier grounded into a double play.

The Dodgers tacked four more runs on in the sixth and seventh innings each and cruised from there.

NOTES: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (left ankle sprain) was held out of Monday's series opener against the Blue Jays, and manager Don Mattingly said he could miss the entire three-game set in Toronto. Kemp hurt himself in Sunday's contest versus Washington and will be re-evaluated. ... The three-game set in Toronto marks the fifth time the Blue Jays and Dodgers have met, and the first since 2007.
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