Relief pitcher Chris Perez #54 and Drew Butera #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate their 7-2 win against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 6, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The Dodgers have thrived away from home this season and Friday night in Colorado they showed why.
Don Mattingly’s offense only mustered two hits in a loss Wednesday to the White Sox, but it pounded out 12 in a 7-2 win against the Rockies in Coors Field, in the first of a seven-game road trip.
The Dodgers won their 19th game this season away from Dodger Stadium, good for second most in the National League behind the Giants 21 wins. They’re only 13-19 at home.
Starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-2) gave the Dodgers another strong start, scattering eight hits and allowing two runs to pick up a win in his fourth straight outing since returning from the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
It was the lefty's first start in the high altitude of Colorado and Ryu said he now knows why pitchers loathe throwing there.
“Gripping the ball was pretty tough today, because it’s such a hitter's ballpark. I just tried to keep the ball low,” he said.
Dee Gordon seems to have busted out of his recent slump. He went three for four with two triples, three RBI’s, he scored two runs and stole his big league leading 36th base.
Matt Kemp went one for three, and thought he had a double when he slid into second base. But in the process of a pop-up slide, he came off the bag. Rockies manager Walt Weiss initiated a challenge that Troy Tulowitzki tagged Kemp. He won it and Kemp was out. Replays showed Weiss was right.
Mattingly wasn’t happy about it.
“That’s the one thing I don’t like about the replay,” he said. “It’s almost like, they guy gets the ball in bounds in the NBA, he takes two steps and then he puts (the ball) on the ground. (Kemp’s) basically safe there, he’s just standing up. To me that’s a technicality of the replay that I don’t really like.”
The Rockies were in second place, ahead of the Dodgers, just two weeks ago, but they’ve now lost eight in a row and are dead last in the NL West.
Eddie Butler (0-1) took the loss in his Major League debut. He gave up six runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Tulowitzki went two for five and remains the majors batting leader with a .358 AVG. He also struck out twice and was ejected after the second for arguing the third strike call with home plate umpire Dan Iassogna.
Chris Perez, who Mattingly is hoping can provide stability in the bullpen as the setup man to closer Kenley Jansen, was effective in the ninth. After hitting Charlie Blackmon to start the inning, he struck out D.J. LeMahieu, Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau to end the game.