Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of two-run ball, allowing six hits while issuing one walk with seven strikeouts. Surprisingly, the Dodger bullpen didn’t blow the game, even without Kenley Jansen, who didn’t travel with the team to Denver because of his heart. The Dodgers provided Kershaw with four runs of support, and Yasiel Puig led the charge with a home run and two RBI.
With the win, the Dodgers are now just half a game behind the Rockies in the NL West. The D-backs are in third place.
Cody Bellinger got the Dodgers started early with an RBI double in the first inning off Rockies’ pitcher, Jon Gray The Dodgers had runners on first and second with two outs when Gray threw a fastball in Bellinger’s wheelhouse. Bellinger pulled the ball down the right-field line, allowing Manny Machado to score.
Puig extended the Dodgers’ lead in the second inning when he launched his 16th home run of the year. Gray hung a breaking ball and Puig crushed it. The ball traveled 463 feet and landed in the left-center field seats. This gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
The Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the second inning, but the Dodgers re-took the lead in the fifth. With runners on first and third and two outs, the Dodgers took advantage of a rare Nolan Arenado error to take a 3-2 lead. They then extended the lead when Puig hit an RBI single.
After Kershaw finished his six innings, he handed the ball to the Dodger bullpen. As I said earlier, they were operating without Jansen. They used a total of five relievers to get them through the three innings. Kenta Maeda recorded the final two outs to get the save.