Dee Gordon, Hyun-jin Ryu lead Dodgers in Coors opener

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez provided production at the top of the order, and the Dodgers even got offense out of the bottom of the order to back the steady Hyun-jin Ryu in a 7-2 win on Friday at Coors Field in Denver.

The Dodgers got 12 hits as a team — one from every starter but Adrian Gonzalez, who walked — improving to 12-3 when achieving a dozen hits this season.

Gordon opened the game with a triple to right field in the first, then hit one to center field in the fifth inning, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers record with two triples in one game. The franchise record is three, set by Jimmy Sheckard of Brooklyn against the Phillies on April 18, 1901.

Gordon is the first Dodger with two triples in a game since Rafael Furcal on Sept. 28, 2010, also at Coors Field. After both triples Gordon was driven home by Hanley Ramirez, on a ground out in the first and a single in the fifth.

Ramirez was 2-for-4 with a walk in his first game batting second this year, and just his second as a Dodger.

The second triple for Gordon drove in Ryu, who doubled to the wall in right field, joining Zack Greinke (three doubles) as the only Dodgers pitchers with an extra-base hit this season.

Through some stretch of the imagination Drew Butera might also count as a pitcher, with his two mound appearances this year, so hit second-inning RBI double allows him to join the pitcher extra-base hit brigade too.

Gordon added a two-run single in the sixth inning, giving the Dodgers a 6-0 lead. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three driven in. It was the second straight multi-hit game for Gordon, who entered Wednesday night's game in a 13-for-77 (.169) slump.

Gordon leads the National League with six triples and the Dodgers have 15 as a team, in 62 games. In 2013, the Dodgers had 17 triples all season.

Ryu at that point had five scoreless innings, the seventh time in 11 starts this year he has gone at least that deep before allowing a run. The Rockies got him for a pair of runs in the sixth, including a home run by Drew Stubbs and a triple by Charlie Culberson.

But with just those two runs allowed in six frames Ryu picked up his fourth win in as many starts since returning from the disabled list. He has taken the mound for 38 innings on the road this year, and 36 of them have been scoreless.

The Dodgers looked to add to their lead in the top of the seventh when Matt Kemp lined a ball off the top of the wall in center field to lead off the inning. Kemp came so close to his second home run since April that he even high-fived first base coach Davey Lopes, but once he realized the ball stayed in the park he ran and slid into second base for a double.

Unfortunately for Kemp, he ever-so-briefly came off the bag and was tagged out by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Initially called a double, Kemp was called out upon instant replay challenge, instead given a single.

Kemp did deliever an insurance run in his next plate appearance with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, giving the Dodgers a 7-2 lead.

Miguel Rojas made his major league debut, playing the final two innings at shortstop. He made an error on the first ball hit to him, dropping a liner by Culberson in the eighth.

The first three Dodgers pitchers on Friday - Ryu in six innings; Brandon League and Brian Wilson one inning apiece - struck out exactly two Rockies. Chris Perez one-upped them in the ninth with three strikeouts to close out the win.

The Rockies have lost eight consecutive games.

Friday particulars

Home run: Drew Stubbs (4)

Stolen bases: Hanley Ramirez 2 (7), Dee Gordon (36), Yasiel Puig (6)

WP - Hyun-jin Ryu (7-2): 6 IP, 8 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

LP - Eddie Butler (0-1): 5⅓ IP, 10 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts

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