Jason Heyward slammed a two-run homer as part of a seven-run rally with two outs in the fifth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 13-4 on a wind-whipped Monday night.
The game-time temperature was 55 degrees — well under the Los Angeles average of 73 this time of year — with a cold, 13 mph wind that gusted through the stadium and blew bits of trash onto the outfield warning track.
With the Dodgers trailing 4-2, Freddie Freeman doubled and Will Smith and Max Muncy walked to load the bases with two outs, chasing Colorado starter Ryan Feltner (0-1).
J.D. Martinez singled off Jake Bird, scoring Freeman and Smith to tie it 4-all.
James Outman followed with triple to right, bringing home Muncy and Martinez for a 6-4 lead. Outman scored on fellow rookie Miguel Vargas’ RBI single, making it 7-4.
Heyward kept it going with his first homer for the Dodgers, extending the lead to 9-4.
Outman’s second RBI triple and Heyward’s sacrifice fly made it 11-4 in the seventh. Smith tacked on a two-run homer in the eighth.
Chris Taylor had a two-run shot in the third for the Dodgers, who rapped out 13 hits.
Yency Almonte (1-0) got the win with one inning of relief.
The wind had the center-field flags snapping straight out and made every popup and foul ball an adventure in the usually placid ballpark.
The chill didn’t appear to bother Dodgers starter Michael Grove, who wore no long-sleeved shirt under his jersey unlike most of his teammates. He struck out the side for the first time in his career on 12 pitches in the second.
Starting in place of injured Ryan Pepiot, Grove gave up an infield hit to Kris Bryant in the first and then retired his next 11 batters in a row.
But Grove came undone in the fifth, when Colorado got its first five batters on base and four of them scored.
Grove gave up consecutive walks to Ryan McMahon and Mike Moustakas. Elias Diaz followed with a double down the third-base line for Colorado’s first run. Harold Castro singled to right, scoring Moustakas and Diaz and putting the Rockies ahead 3-2.
Jurickson Profar grounded into a double play and Castro scored to make it 4-2.
Feltner gave up five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked five.
Rockies: RHP Daniel Bard will throw Tuesday, three days after he reached 96 mph during a bullpen in San Diego. He began the season on the IL because of anxiety issues that previously put his career on hold.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (left ankle sprain) will face hitters Wednesday at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. His targeted return is the end of the month, but he’ll need multiple rehab starts because of his lack of innings in spring training.
RHP German Marquez starts for the Rockies against Dodgers LHP Julio Urias on Tuesday. Marquez has limited LA to a .176 batting average in eight career starts at Dodger Stadium. Urias struck out six and didn’t walk anyone in a win over Arizona on opening day.
Source: NBC Los Angeles
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