DENVER (AP) Clayton Kershaw fell short in his bid for his 100th regular-season win. He settled for his team getting its 20th victory to cap a soggy weekend in Colorado.
After 4 inches of snow were cleared from Coors Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers used Justin Turner’s tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to send the Colorado Rockies to their ninth straight loss, 9-5 Sunday.
The grounds crew spent the morning shoveling the outfield following an overnight storm. The snow was removed from the stadium in small bulldozers.
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The series finale began on time after the first two games were affected by the wet weather that has socked Colorado for a week. The gametime temperature was 41 degrees and it dropped to 39 degrees in the ninth.
”It wasn’t that bad out there,” Turner said. ”In the middle of the game when we had some cloud cover and a little bit of wind it got a little chilly, but it wasn’t too bad.”
Turner’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run burst in the eighth.
”That’s what you like about J.T., no matter if he’s in the starting lineup or not, you’re getting a quality at-bat if you send him up there,” manager Don Mattingly said.
Adrian Gonzalez hit two doubles and drove in four runs as the Dodgers beat Colorado for the eighth straight time dating to last season.
”I’m sitting in my chair here and trying to think of one positive thing and there are not many,” Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. ”It’s tough, but what are you going to do?”
Kershaw tried for the fourth time for his 100th win. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.
”Definitely not up to par for what I expect and this team expects,” said Kershaw, who is 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA. ”Fortunately (Zack) Greinke’s pitching great and Brett (Anderson) has pitched good his last two times out, (Carlos) Frias has pitched really well. Need to start getting on pace with those guys.”
It was 5-all in the eighth when Turner reached down to send a curveball from Scott Oberg (1-1) into the Rockies’ bullpen for his fifth homer of the season.
”I hit it OK,” Turner said. ”I didn’t think it was going to be a homer but you never know, I guess, playing in Colorado.
Howie Kendrick hit an RBI single and Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
Pedro Baez (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings to get his first big-league win.
The Dodgers led 2-0 when Colorado scored five times in the fourth against Kershaw. That was the biggest inning against him since Arizona scored seven last May 17.
”I walked the leadoff hitter, which is tough to do in this ballpark. They hit one ball hard,” Kershaw said. ”It’s nice when you don’t pitch that great to get the win. I felt OK just not great results. You see five runs on the board it’s not a great start.”
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa walked the bases loaded to start the fifth before allowing Gonzalez’s three-run double down the right-field line that tied the game.
De La Rosa allowed five runs on five hits and walked six in four-plus innings. Rockies pitchers combined to walk 10 batters.
Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig will get an MRI on Monday on his injured left hamstring. Mattingly said he misspoke when he said the MRI would be Sunday. Puig aggravated the injury during a rehab assignment Friday. He was expected to rejoin the team Monday if everything went well with his recovery.
Rockies: RHP LaTroy Hawkins has started throwing and could be sent on a rehab assignment soon. Hawkins, who went on the 15-day DL on April 22 with biceps tendinitis, threw off the mound Sunday. ”Everything went well and we’ll see how he shows up (Monday) and we’ll go from there,” manager Walt Weiss said. ”He’s progressing well. We’re getting close to him pitching in some capacity.”
Dodgers: Greinke(5-0) will go for his 11th straight regular-season win when the Dodgers open a six-game homestand against Miami.
Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-4) opens Colorado’s series at the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Kendrick was impressive in beating Milwaukee on opening day but has struggled mightily since. He brings an 8.37 ERA into Anaheim.