The Dodgers began July on a positive note with their come-from-behind win to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 6-4. The Dodgers struggled in the first two games of this series, but gave the ball to Ross Stripling, hoping to avoid their first series sweep since the middle of May. Coming into the contest, Stripling had been unbeaten at home as he faced off against Chad Bettis.
The Dodgers offense scored just two runs over the first two games of the series. They made sure to get on the board early on a Matt Kemp RBI groundout to score Max Muncy.
The Rockies countered by scoring a run in the second inning, and adding two more in the third. Their first run came by way of an RBI groundout by Ian Desmond to score Carlos Gonzalez. Nolan Arenado drove in DJ LeMahieu on an RBI groundout and Trevor Story drove in Gerardo Parra on a ground-rule double.
Trailing 3-1 in the third inning, Matt Kemp drove in Max Muncy again, this time on a double to left field.
Nolan Arenado continued his dominant season, slugging his 21st home run of the season.
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Trailing 4-2, the Dodgers took advantage of the struggling Rockies bullpen. Kemp brought Muncy home for the third time of the day with an RBI single to left field. The Dodgers then tied the game as Cody Bellinger’s groundout scored Justin Turner.
The Dodgers scored two more runs in the eighth inning. Matt Kemp hit his 14th home run of the season, with his hit to center field.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 1, 2018
The Dodgers added an insurance run as Joc Pederson hit an infield single to second base. Puig scored from second base, giving the team a 6-4 lead.
— MLB (@MLB) July 1, 2018
On the Mound
Ross Stripling lasted six innings as he struck out seven Rockies batters. He allowed nine hits and four runs in the outing but competed to keep the Dodgers in the game.
Scott Alexander, Daniel Hudson and Kenley Jansen combined to three scoreless innings without surrendering a hit. Hudson picked up the win as Jansen saved his 22nd save of the year.
Matt Kemp carried the Dodgers with his three hits and four RBI. Kemp had been struggling in his past 12 games, providing just three hits during that span. Joc Pederson, who had also been slumping, provided three hits of his own.
With a rough outing by Ross Stripling, there may be some concern with their pitcher. He has allowed at least seven hits in each of his last three games. He is posting a 4.80 ERA during that stretch and Dave Roberts noted that he struggled with his cutter.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 1, 2018
The boys in blue will stay in Los Angeles as the Pittsburgh Pirates come into town. Alex Wood will face off against righty Nick Kingham on Monday at 7:10 PM PT.
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