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Dodgers Beat Rockies 5-3 as Trayce Thompson's 3-Run Homer Lifts L.A. on Fourth of July

Trayce Thompson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3.

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Trayce Thompson hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning, when the Dodgers finally broke though against Kyle Freeland, and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Monday night.

Julio Urías (7-6) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one to beat the Rockies at Dodger Stadium for the first time.

The Rockies cut their deficit to 5-3 in the ninth and had runners at the corners before falling short.

Reyes Moronta gave up a leadoff homer to C.J. Cron, who was hitless in his first three at-bats with two strikeouts. After two flyouts, José Iglesias singled off the glove of third baseman Hanser Alberto, and Elías Díaz walked. Yency Almonte came in to face pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon, who drove in Iglesias with a single. But then Almonte struck out Connor Joe swinging for his second career save. The other one came in 2020 with Colorado.

Los Angeles closer Craig Kimbrel is still sore after taking a line drive off his back. He’ll get the next couple of days off.

Mookie Betts added an RBI single with two outs in the fifth to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead on their way to an eighth straight victory on the Fourth of July.

Freeland (4-6) kept the Dodgers off the bases until the fifth. With one out, Justin Turner singled to get the offense going. He finished 3 for 4. Chris Taylor followed with a walk that set up Thompson, the brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson who was acquired from Detroit two weeks ago.

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Trayce Thompson #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a three-run home run against starting pitcher Kyle Freeland of the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Thompson's shot landed in the lower left-field seats, putting the Dodgers ahead 3-1. Cody Bellinger hit a ground-rule double to deep right and scored on Betts' single.


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The Dodgers extended their lead to 5-1 in the seventh. Bellinger drew a leadoff walk from Jhoulys Chacín, who struck out the next two batters. Trea Turner doubled to score Bellinger.

Freeland gave up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked one six days after beating the Dodgers 7-4 in his previous start.

Colorado led 1-0 on Iglesias' homer leading off the fifth. He hit his first homer of the season last week against the Dodgers, ending a streak of 262 homerless at-bats dating to last September.

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Air Force large military transport plane makes a flyover in celebration of Independence Day during the national anthem prior to the game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (right shoulder tightness) threw from 110 feet.

Dodgers: After starting at second base, Betts returns to his usual spot in right field on Tuesday. ... LF Chris Taylor came out of the game in the fifth with a swollen left ankle.


Rockies: RHP German Marquez (4-6, 5.89 ERA) owns the second-highest ERA among qualified NL pitchers and has the second-highest batting average against (.288).

Dodgers: RHP Mitch White (1-1, 3.93) is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and eight strikeouts in three career games against the Rockies.

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