After taking two of three games from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed the Colorado Rockies to Dodger Stadium. The Rockies entered the game fresh off a sweep over the San Francisco Giants and looking to surpass the Dodgers in the NL West standings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu walked Brandon Barnes with one out in the first inning then caught a break as Justin Morneau hit a two-out ground rule double. With runners on second and third, Ryu got out of the jam by striking out Drew Stubbs.
Dee Gordon singled to center but was then erased from the basepaths as he was caught stealing. Rookie starter Tyler Matzek then retired Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig. Wilson Rosario hit a leadoff double in the second, but was left stranded as Ryu collected two more strikeouts to end the inning.
Scott Van Slyke doubled off the left field wall in the bottom of the second and took third as Andre Ethier grounded to first base for the second out of the inning. A.J. Ellis drew a walk but with runners on the corners, Miguel Rojas was unable to give the Dodgers an early lead.
Gordon collected his second hit of the game as he tripled down the left field line in the third inning and Blackmon misplayed the ball twice, which allowed the speedy second baseman to score. Official ruling on the play was a triple for Gordon and an error on Blackmon that resulted in the Dodgers taking a 1-0 lead.
Ramirez followed with a walk and Puig hit a single to put two on for Matt Kemp, who delivered with an RBI single to left field. Puig advanced to third base on the hit, which allowed Kemp to take second. However, Van Slyke and Ethier were unable to add to come through and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead to the fourth inning.
Rosario cut into the Rockies’ deficit with a solo home run in the fourth inning on an 0-2 pitch. Ellis singled to center in the bottom of the inning and eventually reached third on Gordon’s infield single with two outs. Both runners were stranded as Ramirez hit into a fielder’s choice for the final out of the inning.
Puig led off the fifth with an infield single and took third base on a two-out single by Ethier. Ellis then added to the Dodgers’ lead as he shot a single past the diving Josh Rutledge to score Puig. Gordon remained perfect on the night with a single in the sixth and he came around to score on a Ramirez single.
After Puig went down swinging for the second out, Kemp doubled off the center field to score Ramirez and the Dodgers took a 5-1 lead to the seventh inning. Brandon League pitched a scoreless seventh, and J.P. Howell and Brian Wilson combined to do the same in the eighth inning.
Carlos Triunfel singled in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a Puig single that skipped of Culberson’s glove. With a 6-1 lead, Jamey Wright pitched the ninth inning and retired the side in order to secure the Dodgers’ win.
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