Recap: Offense Continues Hot Hitting, Dodgers Win 6th In A Row

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Pederson drew a walk to open the bottom of the fifth and was sacrificed over to second base on Greinke’s bunt. Lyles issued a walk to Rollins for the second time of the game and walked Puig in an at-bat that included the Dodgers’ right fielder taking exception to a wild pitch that nearly hit him on his ribs.

Batting with the bases again loaded for the second time on the night, Adrian Gonzalez drove a ball to left-center field that Blackmon was unable to make a diving catch on. Two runners scored, but Gonzalez had to hold at first base as Puig was hesitant to begin running and didn’t sense Gonzalez behind him after the ball dropped.

No matter, Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games, collected his second and third RBIs of the game and the Dodgers led, 4-1. Greinke continued to roll in the sixth inning as he retired the Rockies 2-3-4 hitters in order.

After the Dodgers went quietly in the bottom of the sixth, Greinke returned to the mound for a seventh inning of work. He didn’t receive any help from Andre Ethier, who misjudged a ball and it resulted in a leadoff double for Nolan Arenado.

Ethier again had trouble on a ball hit by Corey Dickerson but managed to make the catch before crashing into the left field fence. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made a visit to the mound and opted to leave Greinke in as Chris Hatcher and J.P. Howell were warming up.

The decision appeared to pay off as Greinke struck out Nick Hundley, but then gave up a two-run home run to DJ LeMahieu that cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-3. It was the last batter Greinke faced as he gave way to Hatcher, who struck out pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to end the inning.

Brooks Brown took over for the Rockies in the bottom of the seventh and the Dodgers unleashed a bevy of extra-base hits. Rollins got them going with a ground-rule double and he scored on Puig’s RBI double.

Kendrick then managed to sneak a double past a diving Arenado and down the left field line to score Puig and extend the Dodgers’ lead to 6-3. Howell entered the game in the eighth inning and managed to avoid injury as he covered first base to handle a toss from Adrian Gonzalez for the first out.

As Howell drew closer to the bag, his feet slid out from under him and he made a sliding tag to record the out. Carlos Gonzalez lined out to center and Howell battled back from a 3-0 count to Tulowitzki to get the shortstop looking for called strike three and another scoreless inning for the Dodgers bullpen.

Uribe hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth and stole second base with one out, but was stranded by pinch-hitting Justin Turner and Rollins.

Joel Peralta came on in the ninth to earn his third save of the season as the Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 6-3, to extend their winning streak to six games and move into sole possession of first place in the NL West.


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