Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 6.55) went toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 3.73) through 5 innings Monday evening at Coors Field in Denver, but the wheels came loose in the 6th as the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 6 times to break a 2-2 tie. They went-on to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 11-4. LA got-out to a quick lead, with Andre Ethier leading-off the 2nd with a home run into right center-field. Two batters later, Jimmy Rollins lifted one into the Rockies bullpen, making it 2-0 Dodgers.
Nolan Arenado brought the Rockies even in the 4th, following a Troy Tulowitzki single with a long drive into the pavilion just left of dead-center. But the Rockies couldn’t get anybody out in the bottom of the 6th.
Ethier led-off with a triple. He scored when Enrique Hernandez grounded a single to center past Kendrick. Rollins singled, putting runners on 1st and 2nd, then Kendrick and Tulowitzki worked a daylight play to nab Hernandez off 2nd. AJ Ellis then nubbed a grounder that Arenado fielded short of 2nd base. Arenado made a false move toward Rollins heading into the base, losing the chance to retire Ellis at 1st, then all hell broke loose. Kershaw singled to left, plating Rollins, and ending the night for Kendrick. Christian Friedrich came-on, and Joc Pederson delivered the coup-de-gras, a large fly over the head of Colorado center-fielder Charlie Blackmon. Friedrich, channeling 2012, had nothing. He walked Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez singled, and Howie Kendrick delivered Turner with a base hit. Friedrich got Ethier to fly to Rafael Ynoa, then Tommy Kahnle, just-up from Albuquerque, came-on and got Rollins to line-out to 2nd after walking Hernandez.
Los Angeles would add 3 in the 8th, as Christian Bergman came on and couldn’t get anybody out in front of a Kendrick liner into the right-field stands. The Rockies got 2 back in the bottom of the inning on singles by Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, Arenado and Wilin Rosario. But Nick Hundley struck-out to end the rally and Jay Howell closed Colorado out 1-2-3 in the 9th.
The Division foes get little rest. They go back at it early this afternoon for a day-night double-header. Game 1 is 1:10 pm, at Coors, with former Rockie Juan Nicasio getting his first start as a Dodger, against Colorado ace Jorge De La Rosa, who has missed his past two turns. Zack Greinke will go for LA in the night-cap. David Hale will be the 26th man and start for the Rockies. Game 2 is scheduled for 6:40 MDT.