With their 8-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers climbed out of last place for the first time since May 5 and continued their hot streak, winning ninth of their last 10 games.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game shutout to earn his seventh win of the season. He allowed just four hits and struck out eight for his second consecutive victory. The left-hander finally received some run support from his offense and he only allowed just one runner to reach second base finishing with 108 pitches.
The offense broke out with eight runs and 14 hits to take the opening game of the series. Yasiel Puig led the hit barrage with three hits, including a home run in the seventh inning. The Dodgers got to Rockies’ starter Roy Oswalt with two runs in the second and third innings and another run in the fourth. In the second inning, an RBI groundout by Matt Kemp and a run-scoring single by Juan Uribe did the job, while Adrian Gonzalez matched the output with one swing in the third. He hit the first pitch he saw from Oswalt deep to right field to drive in Puig. Uribe added another RBI in the fourth with a single to drive in A.J. Ellis.
The Dodgers added a run in the last three innings to push the lead to eight. Puig homered in the seventh, Mark Ellis drove in A.J. Ellis in the eighth and Andre Ethier brought Hanley Ramirez home in the ninth. Overall, six players had multi-hit games and at least one RBI. Puig’s three hits pushed his season average to .443, while Ramirez’s two hits elevated his season average to .388.
The win pushed the Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants and tied them with the San Diego Padres for third place in the NL West. They were now withing 2.5 games of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.
Here are the highlights of Kershaw rolling and Puig homering: