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By Jon Weisman
So, turns out the Alamodome is no ordinary ballpark. Not with that roof and that sub-300-foot distance to right field.
Hit a fly ball, and you don’t know if it’s going to be a home run or a infield out, as Joc Pederson learned during the Dodgers’ 11-6 victory over Texas on Friday.
Pederson singled to start and homered to cap the Dodgers’ eight-run, three-homer first inning. Then, in the third inning, his third at-bat of the game was a high-flying single that hit the rafters, bounced near second base and turned into a 4-6 out.
Dodger starting pitcher Erik Bedard was also the victim of a roof-induced single in the first inning, what turned out to be his only inning of the game. Joe Wieland turned in the most effective pitching performance, going three innings with four strikeouts against four baserunners, allowing one run.
Yasiel Puig, Matt Carson, Kike Hernandez and Justin Turner joined Pederson in homering by the fifth inning for the Dodgers, who emerged triumphant before 20,591 fans at the Alamodome.
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