After a Corey Dickerson leadoff infield single in the fifth inning, Kershaw retired the next three batters faced to strand the go-ahead run at first base. Utley drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the fifth and it wound up leading to trouble for Gray.
Adrian Gonzalez’s base hit advanced Utley to third base, and he scored on Justin Turner RBI’s double, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Rex Brothers came on in relief for the Rockies and promptly walked pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke to load the bases. Seager left the bases full by flying out to right, and the Dodgers settled for a one-run lead.
Kershaw needed just 10 pitches to get through a scoreless sixth inning, though he sat at 94 pitches thrown in the game to that point. Grandal led off the bottom of the sixth with a base hit to left field and he reached second base with two outs on Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt. Christian Friedrich replaced Brothers and struck out Pederson to keep the Dodgers’ lead at 2-1.
Carlos Gonzalez led off the seventh inning with a single, where he was stranded as Kershaw retired the next three batters. Luis Avilan took over in the eighth and promptly gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Barnes. Avilan struck out the next two batters before handing the ball over to Juan Nicasio, who combined with Avilan to strikeout the side.
Following a Seager base hit in the bottom of the eight, Schebler hit a two-run home run that extended the Dodgers’ lead to 4-1. With Kenley Jansen unavailable due to a throwing a high number of pitches over the last two days, Chris Hatcher entered in the ninth and converted his third save of the season; first since May 2.