The Los Angeles Dodgers were in a comfortable setting Friday, though it wasn’t Coors Field specifically. The Dodgers entered the first of their seven-game road trip with an 18-11 record on the road, which is much better than their record at Dodger Stadium, where they’re six games under .500.
Mired in a recent slump, Dee Gordon opened the game with a triple down the right field line off Colorado Rockies rookie Eddie Butler, who was making his MLB debut. Batting second for the first time since doing so one game last season, Hanley Ramirez drove Gordon home with an RBI ground out to short.
Charlie Blackmon hit a high chopper to Ramirez and beat the throw to reach on an infield single. Hyun-Jin Ryu then got the next batter to hit into a double play and after allowing a single to Troy Tulowitzki, Ryu got Justin Morneau to line out to center and the Dodgers led 1-0 at the end of the first inning.
Andre Ethier singled in the second inning and later came around to score on a Drew Butera two-out double. Following a two-out walk by Michael McKenry, Charlie Culberson worked a nine-pitch at-bat and singled to left. However with Butler up next, the Rockies were unable to take advantage of the men on base and trailed 2-0 heading into the third.
Ryu found himself in a bit of a jam as Drew Stubbs hit a leadoff double in the fourth inning, which was followed by a Corey Dickerson walk. Neither runner would score, much less advance as Ryu retired the next three batters to end the inning.
The Dodgers continued to hit well against Butler as Ryu hit a leadoff double and Gordon followed with his second triple of the game to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Ramirez collected his first hit of the game with a line-drive RBI single to left that extended the Dodger lead to 4-0.
Ryu retired the Rockies in order in the bottom of the fifth and the Dodgers added to their lead the following inning. Justin Turner singled and Butera walked, which allowed Ryu to lay down a sac-bunt to advance both runners. Gordon stayed perfect on the night by hitting a single that scored Turner and Butera.
Gordon stole second base, Ramirez walked and that marked the end of Butler’s night. Tommy Kahnle came on in relief and retired Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez to end the top of the sixth. The Rockies finally got to Ryu in the bottom of the sixth as Stubbs hit a solo home run. McKenry hit a two-out double and Culberson hit a triple to get the Rockies within 6-2.
Brandon League struck out two in the seventh as he pitched another scoreless inning this season. Brian Wilson pitched the eighth inning for the Dodgers and struck out the first two batters he faced before allowing a single to McKenry.
Culberson then reached on an error as the newly called up Miguel Rojas, who replaced Ramirez at shortstop for defensive purposes, dropped the line drive. The error wouldn’t cost the Dodgers or Wilson, who retired the following batter.
The revolving door on the mound continued for the Dodgers as Chris Perez took over in the ninth and secured the Dodger win.
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