Dodgers Sink Colorado Rockies With Home Runs

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Jun 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher

Clayton Kershaw

(22) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies returned home on a high note after winning five games of their six-game road trip, and then, the Los Angeles Dodgers brought them quickly back to reality. 

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Four home runs and a good start by Clayton Kershaw pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-4 victory in Denver Monday night against the Colorado Rockies and starter Kyle Kendrick.

The Dodgers got started first, when, in the top of the second inning, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins each hit solo home runs off Rockies’ starter Kyle Kendrick.

The Rockies would get the two runs back in short order, though, when Nolan Arenado hit a two-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth inning off Clayton Kershaw to tie the game at two runs apiece.

That score would hold for a couple innings, and the Rockies looked like they might get another good start out of their rotation on Monday night, when Kendrick – and reliever Christian Friedrich – imploded in the top of the sixth inning.

The Dodgers put up six runs in that frame, including four off Kendrick. The inning was highlighted by a three-run home run from Joc Pederson off reliever Friedrich after Kendrick had been pulled, and by the end of it, the Dodgers were up 8-2.

Kendrick ended up going 5.1 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on ten hits and two walks, while allowing two home runs and striking out just one batter. He threw 94 pitches, 58 of which were strikes.

Kendrick’s adversary Kershaw went seven innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven Rockies’ batters. He threw 60 of his 93 pitches for strikes, and lowered his uncharacteristically high ERA to 3.73.

The Dodgers put three more runs on the board in the top of the eighth inning when Howie Kendrick hit a home run off reliever Christian Bergman to extend the lead to 11-2. It was the Dodgers’ fourth home run on the day.

The Rockies would push two runs across in the bottom half of the frame, thanks to an RBI groundout by Troy Tulowitzki, and then a single from Wilin Rosario, but 11-4 was as close as the Rockies would get on this day.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Rockies and brought them back to earth after a great road trip to Cincinnati and Philadelphia.

The Rockies and Dodgers will play a doubleheader Tuesday and a single game Wednesday to finish the series.

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