LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers earned their seventh consecutive victory as they defeated the Rockies 4-1 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. The boys in blue collected eight total hits against Colorado’s pitching, with three of those hits leaving the yard and scoring all four runs in the contest.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
It didn’t take long for the Dodgers’ home run barrage to begin, as catcher Will Smith started it off for Los Angeles in the bottom of the first. With his team down by a run after the Rockies led off with a homer of their own, Smith responded with a two-out solo shot over the fence in left-center field to tie the contest at 1-1.
Superb rookie outfielder James Outman was next to join in on the homer train for Los Angeles in the bottom of the second. With one-out and a runner in scoring position, Outman stepped to the plate with a chance to put the Dodgers ahead. The left-handed batter took advantage of the opportunity by driving an off-speed pitch off Rockies’ pitcher Peter Lambert into the right field bleachers to put the Dodgers ahead 3-1.
Amed Rosario ensured the lead against Colorado would be solidified as he launched the fourth homer for Los Angeles in the bottom of the seventh. On the first pitch he saw, Rosario laced a line drive to left that snuck over the fence for a solo homer. Rosario — who was acquired from the Cleveland Guardians at the trade deadline — has now hit three home runs in 13 games for the Dodgers.
Gonsolin goes six innings
Despite allowing a lead off home run to Rockies’ shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin turned in an excellent performance on the mound for the Dodgers. Gonsolin tossed six innings while allowing three hits and striking out six batters to pick up the win. Gonsolin’s quality start comes after an outing against San Diego during which the right-hander allowed six earned runs on nine hits. His record now improves to 8-4 with an ERA of 4.24.
How the west is being won
Tonight’s win against the Rockies improved the Dodgers record to 70-46. Los Angeles now stands comfortably ahead of the second place San Francisco Giants by 8.5 games in pursuit of the NL West division title. In regards to the rest of the National league, the boys in blue trail the Atlanta Braves by only five games for the highest seed. With having lost only once in their last 10 games, the Dodgers are one of the hottest teams in baseball as they continue to separate themselves in the divisional standings during the dog days of summer.
The Dodgers will look to complete the four game series sweep over the Rockies on Sunday with first pitch set for 1:10 p.m. PT.