The Dodgers were stymied by a Rockies starter for a second straight day, but the one run they scored against Kyle Kendrick was enough for Mike Bolsinger and the bullpen, giving Los Angeles a 1-0 victory on Sunday and a four-game series split at Dodger Stadium.
Bolsinger gave the Dodgers just what they needed with six strong innings, and might have been able to last longer but was pulled after 85 pitches. After a pair of starts recording 17 outs while allowing one run, Bolsinger lasted through six innings on Sunday and allowed no runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out a season-high six.
Against Bolsinger in his first two starts the third time through the batting order, opposing batters were 4-for-8 with a walk and a strikeout. But on Sunday his third trip through the lineup held the Rockies to 0-for-4 with a walk an two strikeouts. The first one included a generous high strike two call that ultimately got Charlie Blackmon ejected, and the second one had Nolan Arenado mad enough to get home plate umpire Marty Foster to take off his mask.
Dodgers pitchers struck out 54 Rockies and walked nine in the four-game series.
The Dodgers' only run came in the fourth inning, when a two-out single by Adrian Gonzalez was followed by a walk to Justin Turner, then a single by Yasmani Grandal to bring home Gonzalez.
Grandal was 1-for-2 with a walk, his 14th consecutive game reaching base via hit or walk. In his last 12 games Grandal is 18-for-37 (.486) with 15 runs batted in.
Sunday marked the first time in 22 games at Dodger Stadium this season that neither team hit a home run.
Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher, each of whom had rough weeks, pitched perfect innings in the seventh and eighth, respectively, each striking out two. That paved a smooth bridge to Kenley Jansen, who retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Jansen is the fifth Dodgers pitcher to record a save this season. His strikeout rate plummeted to 71.4 percent.
Walk on the wild side
Kendrick was able to last seven innings, allowing only a run on three hits. He walked five and struck out only one, the first pitcher to do that and last at least seven innings at Dodger Stadium since Chan Ho Park on April 24, 2001.
On further review
Turner singled to open the second inning, then with one out was thrown out trying to steal second base. But in a familiar scenario at Dodger Stadium the crowd cheered after watching replays of Turner appearing to touch second base before getting tagged, only to be told shortly after that the call was upheld upon replay. The Dodgers have challenged 10 plays this season and have only had two calls changed.
"I'm over replay," manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. "Namaste."
The Dodgers are off Monday, then start a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants, fresh off scoring 30 runs in three weekend wins over the Reds in Cincinnati. Carlos Frias starts the opener on Tuesday night, with Tim Hudson starting for San Francisco.
Home runs: none (the first time in 22 games at Dodger Stadium this season that neither team homered)
WP - Mike Bolsinger (2-0): 6 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
LP - Kyle Kendrick (1-5): 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, 1 strikeout
Sv - Kenley Jansen (1): 1 IP, 1 strikeout