Offensive Burst Brings Dodgers Close To First

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Justin Turner went 4-5 with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored, leading the Dodgers’ offensive charge in a 9-6 win over the Rockies in Colorado. With the win, the Dodgers are once again just half a game behind the Rockies for first place in the NL West.

While Turner collected four hits, other Dodgers also shined in the series finale against the Rockies. Manny Machado started the scoring with a first-inning RBI double and Kiké Hernández hit a home run. The Dodger bullpen also deserves a shoutout. They preserved the Dodger lead, even without Kenley Jansen.

Machado’s RBI double in the first inning started a two-run first inning that set the tone for the game. With one out and two strikes, Machado hit the ball into the left-center field gap, allowing Turner to score from first. The new Dodger, David Freese, added another first-inning run with an RBI single. This gave the Dodgers a 2-0 in the first inning.

After the Rockies cut the Dodger lead in half in the bottom of the first inning, Kiké Hernández extended the lead in the second. Hernández drilled the first pitch he saw from Rockies’ starter, Tyler Anderson into the seats in left field for a solo home run.

Later in the second inning, the Dodgers scored another run on a bad play (or lack of a play) by Rockies’ left-fielder, Matt Holliday. Turner hit a line drive directly to Holliday for what should have been the final out of the inning. Instead, Holliday dropped the ball. Brian Dozier scored, extending the lead to 4-1.

The Dodgers continued to score runs and ended up winning by a final score of 9-6. Turner came in a triple-shy of the cycle, Hernández hit a homer and a triple, and every Dodger starter except for Austin Barnes and Rich Hill collected at least one hit.

Up Next:

The Dodgers will travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds. Alex Wood will get the start for the Dodgers against Reds’ pitcher Cody Reed. In his last 13 starts, Wood has a 7-1 record with a 2.39 ERA. Jansen will re-join the Dodgers for the series against the Reds. The game will begin at 3:40pm.

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