Will Smith and Trayce Thompson each hit a two-run homer, Julio Urías pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their torrid July with a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Dodgers defeated 13 runners on base and a poor ninth inning by Craig Kimbrel, to improve to 20-4 and 67-32 respectively, which are both the highest marks in the majors.
Smith added a single and reached base four times, while Urías (10-6) used a fastball-changeup-curveball mix to hold the Rockies to two runs and four hits. Urías has allowed three runs over 20 innings in his last three starts to lower his ERA to 2.71.
Evan Phillips struck out two batters in an inning that was hitless, before Kimbrel loaded bases and allowed Randal Grichuk to score. Kimbrel was faced with Grichuk at second base and two outs. Ryan McMahon was called out for fouling out in left-field to earn his 18th save.
Chad Kuhl (6-6), the pitcher who threw a three hit shutout on June 27th, gave up three hits in his first inning. Smith’s To the left, 435 feet drive came on a 1-2 sinker.
Thompson took a first-pitch sinker to his advantage and he was rewarded with his Shot from center at 430 feet it 4-0. In the two-innings of the previous three games, the Dodgers outscored Washington 16-0.
José Iglesias doubled, Randal Grichuk Tripled and Ryan McMahon hit a sacrifice fly in the second as the Rockies got within 4-2.
The Dodgers were unable to overcome Colorado’s 7th loss in 9 games. LA was 1 for 12, with runners in scoring positions, and the bases were loaded in the third- and fourth innings.
Ryan Feltner, who was called up earlier from Triple-A Albuquerque, managed to get out of the fourth-inning jam. Kuhl pitched just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and six runs, with four walks and one hit batter.
Dodgers: Justin Turner, 3B, missed five games before he returned Wednesday. He was out for the second consecutive day. “I think we’re out of the woods with his (abdominal) issue, but I think where we’re at, we don’t want to take any chances on any backsliding,”Dave Roberts, manager. “So I don’t see him playing any games here in Denver.”RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder), was able to throw a simulated inning without any issues at Dodger Stadium. RHP Dustin May (elbow), will throw four innings in Triple-A Oklahoma City’s next rehab start. … OF Chris Taylor (foot), is scheduled for a rehab assignment. Roberts indicated that LHP Danny Duffy (hand), who is throwing 92 to 93 mph in Arizona, could begin a rehabilitation stint within a few weeks.
Rockies: Cody Bellinger was running towards the foul line when LF Kris Bryant dropped it. It was Bryant’s second game on the field since being diagnosed. Bryant scored 2 runs.
After starter José Ureña got just nine outs Thursday, the Rockies recalled Feltner and optioned RHP Justin Lawrence to Triple-A to add a fresh arm to the depleted bullpen.
Feltner was immediately needed. He was sharp and allowed three hits in just 3 1/3 innings.
Max Muncy’s average batting was.160 after he had gone 1 for 4, with three strikeouts. Roberts moved him to seventh and promoted Gavin Lux (who had a third-inning sacrifice fly) to sixth.
Roberts stated that Muncy is still an everyday player.
“I’m going to continue to give him runway,”He stated.
Trea Turner, who played in all 99 of LA’s games, extended his streak to 16 games by hitting a first-inning double for his major-league-high 125th hit. Freddie Freeman of the Dodgers, who went 0-4 with a single and walked, is second with 123.
“Freddie keeps reminding me. He wants 200 hits and so do I,”Turner stated.
The last teammates to finish in the top two in hits were Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki and Bret Boone in 2001.
Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7.29% ERA, Dodgers) will face Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (5-7.4.64) on Saturday night.