Lilly Extra Sharp, Kemp & Blake Jacks Shred Rockies, Lead Dodger Bleu To Third Straight Win

Matt Kemp and the Dodgers are now tied with the Rockies, four and a half games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Matt Kemp provided the bulk of the offense, with an assist from Casey Blake, and Ted Lilly provided the strong starting pitching, giving the Dodgers another blowout win, their third in a row, this time 8-2 over Colorado. Kemp hit a two-run home run to right field in the first inning, and added a two-run single in the third inning, with some help from Jim Tracy.

The Rockies' manager elected to walk Andre Ethier with two on and first base open to face Kemp. Ethier was intentionally walked three times with Kemp on deck this season, and Kemp was 0-for-3 (two fly outs and a double play ground ball) before tonight's two-run single that widened the Dodgers' lead to 4-1. Blake added a three-run home run in the seventh inning to put the game away.

Lilly gave the Dodgers their third straight start of seven innings or longer, allowing just two runs on four hits. He threw a season-high 110 pitches, and struck out a season-high eight batters. On the season, Lilly has 49 strikeouts against just 12 walks. Coming into tonight Lilly had back-to-back quality starts for the first time all season, and tonight's effort made it three straight.

Ty Wigginton hit a solo home run -- just out of the reach of Kemp -- for the second straight night for Colorado.

With the score 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rubby De La Rosa warmed up for what looked to be a potential two-inning save opportunity. But Blake's home run put the game out of reach, but De La Rosa was already warmed up so he pitched the final two innings anyway. And pitch them, he did, striking out two and allowing only a double to Troy Tulowitzki.

The last time the Dodgers won three straight games with at least seven runs in each game was from May 25-27, 2009, when the Dodgers ushered out the Clint Hurdle era in Colorado.

Tony Gwynn, Jr. did not get into the game tonight, snapping his consecutive games played streak at 24.

Hail To The Chief

Vicente Padilla threw two perfect innings (again) in his second rehab game with Rancho Cucamonga tonight. With Padilla's return to the Dodgers eminent -- as soon as this Friday when the Dodgers start their road trip in Cincinnati -- I pondered what a pair of multi-inning relievers (Padilla and Rubby De La Rosa) could mean for the roster going forward over on SB Nation Los Angeles.

*****

Jon Garland goes for the sweep tomorrow night, against Ubaldo Jimenez. Tomorrow is only the second time the Dodgers have had a chance to sweep a series this year, as they won the first two games in San Diego on April 8-9.

WP - Ted Lilly (4-4): 7 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 8 strikeouts

LP - Clayton Mortensen (1-4): 4 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, 0 strikeouts

Box Score

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join True Blue LA

You must be a member of True Blue LA to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at True Blue LA. You should read them.

Join True Blue LA

You must be a member of True Blue LA to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at True Blue LA. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker