Sure there was a lot of bad news for the Dodgers on Friday — Julio Urias needing shoulder surgery, Corey Seager leaving after two innings with a hamstring cramp — but there was plenty of good news on the field, where the Dodgers dispatched the Rockies 6-1 in the opener of a weekend series at Dodger Stadium.
Alex Wood continued his stellar pitching, limiting the Rockies to one run on three hits in his six innings of work, striking out seven. The only run he allowed came in a single to left field that Franklin Gutierrez played into an RBI double.
Wood improved to 8-0 with the win, lowering his ERA to 1.86. He retired his final 10 batters faced.
He has faced the division rival Rockies twice this season, allowing a total of one run in 12 innings of work, with 17 strikeouts.
Seager left after the second inning with a right hamstring cramp, but not before he got the first of three consecutive two-out RBI hits, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.
Justin Turner had the second of those three straight RBI hits, and on the night was 3-for-5. He’s hitting a whopping .392/.467/.554 on the season, though he is 19 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the league leaders.
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Yasiel Puig, who entered the game when Seager exited, homered against Rockies starter Kyle Freeland in the fourth inning, his first home run against left-handed pitching in 2017.
That give the Dodgers 15 consecutive games with a home run, their longest streak since 1977, and also gave the club 40 home runs in June, the 15th time in franchise history the club has hit 40 home runs in a month.
The Dodgers record for home runs in a month is 49, set in 1953 by Brooklyn in back-to-back months. The 105-49 juggernaut Dodgers that season hit 49 home runs in July, then did so again in August. No other Dodgers team has hit more than 45 homers in a single month.
It was the fifth home run in the last 10 games for Puig, who has 14 on the season.
This is the first eight-game winning streak for the Dodgers since 2013, when they won 10 straight games from Aug. 7-17 during the 42-8 stretch.
The Dodgers have scored six or more runs in seven straight games for the first time since June 26-July 2, 2001. It’s their longest streak since moving to Los Angeles.
The Dodgers are 30-10 at home for the first time since 1974.
The Dodgers go for a ninth straight win on Saturday night, another 7:10 p.m. PT start, with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, facing Tyler Chatwood for the Rockies.
Home run: Yasiel Puig (14)
WP - Alex Wood (8-0): 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
LP - Kyle Freeland (8-5): 6 IP, 10 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts