The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies opened a three-game set at Dodger Stadium Monday with both teams looking to continue their upward trend in the NL West standings.

The Dodgers took two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend and entered the game 6.5 games behind the NL West leaders, San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers received plenty of help in gaining ground on their rival, compliments of the Rockies, who swept the Giants.

Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rockies rookie starter Tyler Matzek combined the keep the game scoreless through 2.5 innings. After Ryu hit a grounder to leadoff the third, Dee Gordon stepped in with a single already under his belt.

Gordon shot a ball down the left field line that Rockies left fielder Charlie Blackmon kicked away and then bobbled as he went to recover. The miscues allowed Gordon to race around the bases and score, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

The official ruling on the play was a triple and error on Blackmon.
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