The Dodgers did break their franchise homer record for a month Friday. But it was the Rockies who did the slugging that counted, launching a trio of solo homers to beat the Dodgers by the score of 3-1.
Tyler Anderson was outstanding for a Rockies team that really needed it. Coming into the game, Colorado starters had a 5.91 ERA in the month of June and the bullpen has been much worse at 7.86.
The left-hander held the Dodgers to just four hits in eight innings, striking out eight against one walk. Los Angeles had won 18 of 29 games this season when facing a left-handed starter before Anderson shut them down.
The lone run for the home team came in the ninth when Justin Turner hit a solo homer off Rockies’ closer Wade Davis. The Dodgers didn’t even have a plate appearance with a runner in scoring position the entire night.
Rich Hill gave it all he had in six and two-thirds innings of work, making a total of 110 pitches and striking out 10 without a walk. The lefty gave up six hits but none were bigger than the one to Valaika in the fifth. A high drive to center that landed just out of the reach of Kiké Hernandez.
A troubling sign for command, Hill has now hit five of the last 46 batters he’s faced over his last two starts and it hasn’t been just one pitch. Two were by fastball, two were by curveball and one by cutter.
The Rockies tacked on solo shots from Nolan Arenado in the eighth and Chris Iannetta in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Kenta Maeda looks to build off the success he had in his last start when he went seven scoreless against the Cubs Monday. The Dodgers will face right-hander German Marquez for the third time this season having split the first two meetings.
Home runs: Pat Valaika (1), Nolan Arenado (20), Chris Iannetta (6), Justin Turner (5)
WP - Tyler Anderson (5-3): 8 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
LP - Rich Hill (1-3): 6 2⁄3 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 10 strikeouts
SV - Wade Davis (23): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 strikeouts