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Yasmani Grandal slams the door on the Rockies in Dodgers’ win

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Grandal hit home runs from both sides of the plate, including a grand slam that gave the Dodgers the lead

Grandal rounding the bases after the first of his two home runs
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LOS ANGELES —- The Dodgers have a picked a good time to start scoring five runs in an inning. After scoring five runs in the first inning against the Giants on Wednesday, the Dodgers waited until the seventh tonight to score five runs which led to a 7-4 win.

Andre Ethier started the rally with a pinch-hit ground-rule double. Boone Logan came in for Tyler Chatwood and got Justin Turner to fly out.

However, Logan would then walk Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, and Adrian Gonzalez to make it 4-3.

Yasmani Grandal, who had one of the best games of any Dodger hitter this season, hit is second home run of the game, a grand slam to center to make it 7-4 Dodgers.

Grandal went 4-for-4 with home runs from both sides of the plate, a double and a single. He drove in five runs.

Brett Anderson returned from the disabled-list and made his first start since August 20th. Anderson would pitch five innings and give up four runs, six hits, and one walk, while striking out two.

Anderson’s troubles began in the second inning started with a Carlos Gonzalez single. Nick Hundley doubled to right and when Josh Reddick misplayed the ball, Gonzalez scored.

David Dahl followed with a single and Stephen Cardullo walked to load the bases. Daniel Descalso drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Rockies would score the third run of the inning on Charlie Blackmon’s infield single. Anderson would settle down for next two innings before giving up a solo home run to DJ LeMahieu in the fifth inning.

The Dodger bullpen came in and put up zeros. Josh Ravin retired all three hitters he faced in the sixth, striking out one. Luis Avilan pitched the seventh and retired the side in order, striking out one.

Joe Blanton got three outs in the eighth, the last two on Gonzalez’s unassisted double play that did not involve a line drive out. Kenley Jansen finished up and picked up his 46th save.

The Dodgers began their scoring when Grandal hit his 26th home run of the season to account for the Dodgers’ first run.

And then in the sixth inning, after Adrian Gonzalez singled off Cardullo’s glove. Grandal followed with a double down by left field foul pole. Josh Reddick’s ground out scored Gonzalez to make it a 4-2 game

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The second game of the four-game series features the return of left-hander Scott Kazmir against right-hander Jon Gray. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.

Thursday particulars

Home runs: Yasmani Grandal (26 and 27), DJ LeMahieu (11)

WP - Luis Avilan (3-0): 1 IP, 3 up, 3 down, 1 strikeout

LP - Boone Logan (2-4): .1 IP, 4 runs, 3 walks, 1 home run

Save - Kenley Jansen (46): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts