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DENVER — Opening day always provides some strange occurrences you don’t find once the rust comes off, but it’s hard to remember anything like a player’s own teammate robbing him of a home run.


It happened in the third inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against the Colorado Rockies with Cody Bellinger at the plate and Justin Turner on first base .

Bellinger hit a deep fly ball over Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia’s head into the left-field seats.

Bellinger rounded first base celebrating his home run, only to see Turner sprinting past him back to first base.

Turner thought that Tapia, who had leaped high against the fence, caught the ball. Tapia actually thought he did too, wondering where the ball went.

Turner, watching Tapia, scurried back to first base. He wanted to make sure that he wasn’t doubled up.

But Tapia didn’t have the ball. It popped out of his glove and ended up in the seats.

Bellinger, much to his surprise, saw Turner run past him, turned around, and pleaded with first base umpire Chris Conroy that it was a homer.

No argument there.

But the fact that he passed him on the basepaths meant that Bellinger was out.

Turner sheepishly trotted around the bases and scored.

So, instead of a two-run homer, Bellinger was credited with a run-scoring single.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cody Bellinger homer becomes a single in Dodgers opening day blunder