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Adrian Gonzalez remains on fire for Dodgers

Master craftsman Adrian Gonzalez studies his instrument.
Master craftsman Adrian Gonzalez studies his instrument.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez continued his assault at the plate in Friday's win over the Rockies, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles.

Gonzalez is hitting a robust .444/.545/.667, a true hot streak worthy of attention.

Oh wait, that's just what Gonzalez is hitting during his cool-down period, after hitting .769 (10-for-13) with five home runs and two doubles in the first three games of the season against San Diego.

The real line for Gonzalez on the season is a crazy .550/.609/1.125. His 22 hits are the most by a Dodgers player through the first 10 games of the season, surpassing the 21 hits by Eric Karros in the first 10 games in 1995.

Gonzalez has eight doubles in 10 games, tied with Reggie Smith (1977) for the most by a Dodger though 10 games dating back to at least 1914.

With a pair of two-baggers on Friday, Gonzalez has a double in five straight games, tied for the longest streak by a Dodger dating back to 1914. Before Gonzalez, the last Dodger with five straight games with a double was John Shelby, in 1988.

"He's just a good hitter," manager Don Mattingly said. "Adrian's just so smart. He plays the game of cat and mouse all the time. He has a really good understanding of what they're trying to do to him, and what that guy can do and cannot do, and he takes advantage of that."

Gonzalez has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to 2014.

He has also reached base twice in all 10 games this season, and all 12 games of his hitting streak. The 10-game streak to start a season ties Jackie Robinson (1952) for the second-longest Dodgers streak dating back to 1914, behind only Zack Wheat's 13-game streak to open 1923 for Brooklyn.

Since the 2014 All-Star break, Gonzalez is hitting .348/.404/.649 with 28 doubles, 18 home runs, 49 runs scored and 67 RBI in 75 games.

Puig update

Yasiel Puig hasn't played since Monday with tightness in his left hamstring. He ran in the outfield at Dodger Stadium before Friday's game with trainer Stan Conte, Mattingly and several other staff watching, but was held out of Friday's game, Puig's third straight game missed.

It doesn't seem like an injury that will place Puig on the disabled list, but with Monday's off day looming Puig getting the remainder of this weekend off, or perhaps only limited to pinch-hitting duty, seems like an option.

"We thought today was a pretty good day, he ran well. But we're being cautious," Mattingly said. "In different parts of the year, he's running good enough to play, but we don't want to take that chance at this point."

Up next

The Dodgers go for six straight on Saturday night, a 6:10 p.m. PT start with Zack Greinke on the hill, while Jordan Lyles starts for the Rockies. Gonzalez is 0-for-7 with two strikeouts and a walk in his career against Lyles.