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Stone leads Dodgers to shutout win against Rockies

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Dodgers get a 4-0 victory to close out series with the Colorado Rockies before heading on an East Coast road trip on Sunday.

Right-hander Gavin Stone continued his hot stretch and the Dodgers did just enough to blank the Rockies, 4-0, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. 

Stone carved the Colorado lineup, giving up only four hits, striking out six in five innings. His ERA dropped to 2.90 on the season. 

At the plate, the Dodgers (38-23) stumbled again, going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position with 12 left on base. Austin Barnes had a multi-hit game (2 for 4) as Freddie Freeman (7th) and Mookie Betts (9th) hit home runs. 

The bullpen kept the train moving with Michael Grove, Alex Vesia and Daniel Hudson throwing scoreless innings and secured the victory on an overcast afternoon.

Here are the takeaways:

Stone looks like veteran

Stone has evolved into one of the best starters on the team. Over his last seven starts, he has the third best ERA in baseball at 1.64 and seems to be getting more unhittable with each outing. 

His pace is immaculate, the repertoire is working, and his breaking stuff looks as sharp as ever.

Freeman, Betts go long

Betts was struggling at the plate recently, going 0 for 5 on Saturday and seeing his batting average fall to .318 after a monster start to the season. He broke on Sunday, blasting a leadoff home run.  

Freeman also showed signs of life, drawing three walks to go with his homer. When these two are on point like last year, the lineup gets an extra jolt, especially with Shohei Ohtani in a funk as well.

Muncy has setback

Max Muncy has been out since May 15 after initial reports suggested he would not miss a ton of time with grade one oblique strain.

 Muncy said Sunday he felt a “twinge” in his rib cage while swinging a bat in Arizona 7-10 days ago. He was then shut down from all baseball activities and has no timetable for a return. 

This is a blow not just for Muncy, but for an offense that needs a jolt of power. While the team has stayed afloat, Muncy’s had nine homers and 28 RBIs in the first two months of the season and that production has been missed. 

The Dodgers have a travel day Monday before opening a six-game road trip with the Pirates in Pittsburgh. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-3, 3.04 ERA) will take the mound against his former team and right-hander Jared Jones (3-5, 3.55) at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.