The Los Angeles Dodgers got back to hitting home runs at Coors Field and that helped propel them to a 5-4 win over Colorado Rockies. One night after scoring 13 runs without a long ball, the Dodgers received homers from Will Smith and Trayce Thompson en route to extending a modest winning streak to three games.
Two batters after Trea Turner singled to push his hitting streak to 16 games, Smith lifted a two-run homer in the first inning. Then after Kris Bryant dropped a fly ball in the second inning that resulted in a double for Cody Bellinger, Trayce Thompson drove a two-run homer out to center field.
Walks by Freddie Freeman and Smith were followed by a fielding error that loaded the bases in the third inning. Gavin Lux took advantage of the situation with a productive at-bat as his sacrifice fly gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead.
Chad Kuhl wound up pitching just 3.2 innings in an outing that was a far cry from a complete-game shutout against the Dodgers on June 27. While that was a high point for Kuhl, he’s now allowed 22 earned runs in 20.2 innings over his last five starts since that dominant performance.
Despite struggling in his career at Coors Field, Julio Urías turned in an efficient outing to get through seven innings for a second time this season. His fastball velocity again played up and he held the Rockies to just two runs, both scored in the second inning.
Tyler Anderson and Urías each completing seven innings on back-to-back nights is instrumental for a Dodgers bullpen that was looking to reset heading into the four-game series.
Craig Kimbrel navigated his way through some trouble in the ninth as the Rockies loaded the bases with two outs and Randal Grichuk hit a two-run single before the Dodgers’ closer could convert his 18th save of the season.
Thompson made a running catch in foul territory to bail out Kimbrel and wrap up the win.
Dodgers trade target sent to Mariners
During Friday’s game, the Cincinnati Reds traded Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a haul of prospects.
The Dodgers, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers were among the teams connected to Castillo, who is under team control through the 2023 season.
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