After more offensive struggles in St. Louis the Los Angeles Dodgers began a four-game series Monday at hitter-friendly Coors Field. They entered Monday’s game having scored just six runs in their last six road games, going 1-5 in that span.
Colorado Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick gave up a pair of solo home runs to Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins in the second inning, and the game was tied at 2-2 headed to the sixth. Ethier led the inning off with a triple down the right field line and scored on Kiké Hernandez’s RBI single up the middle.
The two hits snowballed and Kendrick’s night came to an end after Clayton Kershaw slapped a base hit to left field to score another run and extend the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2. Christian Friedrich then came on in relief to face Joc Pederson.
The Dodgers’ rookie center fielder got the better of the matchup as Pederson belted a three-run home run to center field that blew the game open. The home run was Pederson’s 14th of the season, which leads the Dodgers and all rookies.
Additionally, it was just Pederson’s second home run in the Majors off a left-hander, though second in as many days as he also took Cardinals lefty Kevin Siegrist deep. The Dodgers tied a season-high by scoring six runs in the inning and they wound up beating the Rockies, 11-4.