Grandal drew a walk to start the bottom of the fourth and Ethier reached on an infield single to put the Dodgers in position to pad their lead. Some of the momentum was stalled as Juan Uribe grounded into a double play. However, Grandal scored from third two batters later on a wild pitch to make it 4-1 in favor of the Dodgers.
After Stubbs led off the fifth inning by reaching safely on an error charged to Gonzalez, Kyle Kendrick and LeMahieu both went down swinging. Then with a full count in what had been a long at-bat, Blackmon drove a pitch to the right field pavilion to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-3.
The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the inning as Gonzalez continued his torrid start to the season by driving in Crawford from first on a long double to right. Kendrick followed by hitting a nearly identical double to drive in Gonzalez and the Dodgers’ lead increased to 6-3.
Later in the inning, Ethier and Uribe both to load the bases with two outs. Rookie Joc Pederson nearly took advantage but his towering fly ball was caught at the warning track in right field for the final out.
The Rockies had runners at the corners with two outs in the sixth inning on a double by Rosario and a walk by Hundley, but Kershaw kept them scoreless in the inning by striking out Stubbs looking on a breaking ball. The strikeout was Kershaw’s 12th of the game, which is a single-game high for all pitchers this season.
Paco Rodriguez threw a scoreless seventh inning, which included a lengthy battle with Blackmon before getting him to hit a grounder to Gonzalez for the third out. Gonzalez added to his night with a leadoff base hit in the bottom of the seventh and he aggressively went first to third on Grandal’s single to left.
The baserunning paid off as Ethier’s sacrifice fly scored Gonzalez and the Dodgers led 7-3 after seven innings. Yimi Garcia took the mound in the eighth and worked his way through the heart of the Rockies’ order with only a one-out single allowed and recording two strikeouts.
Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth, though it didn’t amount to anything as LaTroy Hawkins retired the next three batters. Adam Liberatore, Friday’s callup, made his Major-League debut and threw a scoreless inning in the ninth to complete the Dodgers’ 7-3 win.
The win was the Dodgers fifth straight, ended the Rockies’ six-game road winning streak and moved them into first place in the NL West division.
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