The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, which gave the Dodgers an opportunity to pose with the Stanley Cup and the Kings to take batting practice.
Once the pageantry was complete, Zack Greinke took the mound, in search of an elusive ninth win this season and the Dodgers’ fifth in their last six games. After getting Charlie Blackmon to ground out to start the game, Greinke allowed consecutive singles, which put a Colorado Rockies runner in scoring position with one out.
Greinke got Justin Morneau to line out and Drew Stubbs swinging to end the inning. Jhoulys Chacin retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the first and Greinke returned the favor in the second inning. Chacin struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp in the bottom half of the second, before allowing singles to Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis. The Dodgers would run themselves out of the inning however, as Ethier was thrown out on his attempt to take third on a ball that got away from Wilson Rosario.
Greinke walked Blackmon with one out in the third as his pitch count began to creep up, but he received help from Miguel Rojas, who made a diving stop on a ball hit by Corey Dickerson to get an out at second base. Greinke then got Troy Tulowitzki to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Rojas hit a leadoff single in the third and was driven in on a Hanley Ramirez two-run opposite field home run that gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. In the fourth, it was Yasiel Puig’s turn for an impressive defensive play as he made a diving catch on a shallow fly ball hit in right-center to end the inning.
As Greinke continued to blank the Rockies, Kemp extended the Dodgers’ lead with a solo home run in the fourth. The Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but Greinke managed to limit the damage as they only pushed one run across.
Ethier reached on an error with two outs in the sixth, Ellis followed with a walk and Rojas got aboard via an infield single to load the bases. Justin Turner pinch-hit for Greinke but was unable to add to the Dodgers’ lead as he popped out.
J.P. Howell took the mound in the seventh and Josh Rutledge promptly hit a leadoff double. Rutledge scored on a Dickerson double that hit off one of Ramirez’s fingers on his right hand. Ramirez was immediately removed from the game, replaced by Carlos Triunfel.
With the tying run in scoring position, Brandon League relieved Howell and retired the first batter he faced. A Dee Gordon error allowed the Rockies to extend the inning, but League got the following batter to ground to Rojas for the final out.
Triunfel provided an insurance run with his first career home run and the Dodgers took a 4-2 lead to the eighth inning. Brian Wilson walked the first batter he faced in the eighth, then got a double play and pop-out to get out of the inning.
With a two-run lead, Kenley Jansen entered the game in the ninth and allowed consecutive singles. Jansen then retired the next three batters to earn his 20th save of the season. The win pulled them within five games within the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings.
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