With most of the regulars who did start scheduled to come out of the game after only a few at-bats, the two Dodgers who struck first are the two who have carried the Dodgers offense in the second half.
Adrian Gonzalez doubled in the first inning, his team-leading 41st of the season and the Dodgers' 300th of the season. The Dodgers ended with 301 doubles on the season, joining 2006 (307 doubles) and 1930 (303) as the only teams in franchise history with 300 doubles.
Gonzalez then scored on a home run to left field by Matt Kemp for a 2-0 lead. It was Kemp's 25th home run of the season, pulling to within one of tying Gonzalez for the team lead.
But in the third inning, with two runners on, Gonzalez put an end to that competition as well, launching a three-run blast into the Rockies bullpen for a 5-1 advantage.
Gonzalez led the major leagues with 116 RBI, just the third Los Angeles Dodger to capture an RBI crown, joining Tommy Davis (153 in 1962) and Kemp (126 in 2011).
"It's one of those cool things," Gonzalez said. "I feel like it's what I'm here for."
The third and fourth hitters in the Dodgers lineup for most of the second half, Gonzalez and Kemp have been on fire since the All-Star break. Kemp hit .309/.365/.606 with a National League-best 17 home runs (one behind major league leaders Joey Bautista and Chris Carter) and 54 RBI in 64 games, and Gonzalez hit .314/.368/.561 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 65 games.
Since the All-Star break Gonzalez and Kemp rank first and second in the majors in RBI, and Kemp is tops with a .606 slugging percentage.
"They have just been a force together," manager Don Mattingly said. "The fact that they are both stayed on the field and they've both been consistent, it's a huge thing for two guys together like that."
The Dodgers as a team finished the season sixth in the majors with 718 runs scored, 4.43 per game. Since the All-Star break, they led the majors at 4.83 runs per game.
"It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Guys that have been around understand that," Gonzalez said. "You just keep making adjustments and when you find a feel, you go with it."
On the season, the Dodgers led baseball with a .333 on-base percentage, the first time the franchise has led MLB in OBP since 1955, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Dodgers ended the season 50-26 (.658) against the NL West.
Home runs: Matt Kemp (26), Adrian Gonzalez (27), Roger Bernadina (1); Wilin Rosario (13)
WP - Zack Greinke (17-8): 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts
LP - Christian Bergman (3-5): 5⅓ IP, 11 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), 4 strikeouts