Will Smith, James Outman and Amed Rosario homered and Tony Gonsolin worked six solid innings after allowing a home run on his first pitch as the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Saturday night.
The Dodgers extended their winning streak to seven games and won for the 11th time in 12 games.
Colorado’s Ezequiel Tovar hit Gonsolin’s first pitch of the game 427 feet and over the wall in center for an early lead. The Rockies managed just two hits the rest of the way. Tovar finished with two of the Rockies’ three hits.
Smith tied the game with a first inning homer of his own.
Gonsolin (8-4) settled down after giving up the first-pitch homer and allowed three hits, with six strikeouts and no walks. An All-Star and 16-game winning in 2022, the 29-year-old right-hander has endured an up-and-down season.
Evan Phillips, the fourth pitcher in the game for the Dodgers, struck out the side in the ninth for his 17th save.
Outman gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run homer in the second inning. The rookie is batting .344/.512/.594 with two home runs and seven RBI so far in the month of August.
The Rockies are reeling. Colorado’s third through ninth hitters went a combined 0 for 22 as the team has lost five of its last six and saw its record dip to 45-72.
Smith tied the game at 1 with a solo homer in the bottom of the first, a 417-foot shot that was his 15th of the season. Outman hit a go-ahead two-run homer, his 14th, to right in the second inning, and Rosario hit a solo shot in the seventh, his sixth of the season.
Peter Lambert (2-4) allowed three earned runs — all on long balls — and seven hits in six innings.
Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon (fractured right hand) batted second and got a hit in his first rehab at-bat for Triple-A Albuquerque in Round Rock … RHP Ryan Feltner (concussion, fractured skull) threw a 30-pitch bullpen Saturday, his third bullpen session since getting hit by a Nick Castellanos line drive May 13 … RHP Chase Anderson (right shoulder inflammation) threw his first bullpen on Saturday.
Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts (not feeling well) was out of the lineup with an illness … J.D. Martinez (groin) did a full workout Saturday, and the Dodgers hope to have him back Sunday.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (4-12, 4.84) is 0-4 with a 5.59 ERA over his last seven starts. The Rockies last won in Freeland’s last start on Tuesday. He allowed three earned runs on eight hits over six innings in Milwaukee.
Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (9-6, 4.39), who turned 27 Saturday, is coming off a gem Tuesday in Arizona. He threw six scoreless innings and gave up just four hits in six innings.
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Source: NBC Los Angeles