LOS ANGELES —— Kenta Maeda had his second straight seven-inning start and he pitched well but German Marquez was just better as he and the Rockies won 3-1 and have now won the first two games of this series. Just like Friday night, the Rockies got an eight-inning start and Marquez at times was just untouchable.
Marquez gave up one run and two hits and he struck out nine Dodgers. Maeda pitched seven innings for the second time this week and he pitched well. Maeda gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits. Maeda walked two and struck out nine.
Adam Ottavino came in to pitch the ninth inning. He got two quick outs and then Max Muncy singled to bring the tying run in Justin Turner to the plate.
Muncy took second on defensive indifference and he became the first Dodger in this series to be in scoring position. Turner got to a full count but his fly ball was just a routine out to end the game.
The Rockies scored their first run on the rare passed ball on a third strike swing by Nolan Arenado. DJ LeMahieu had doubled to lead off the fourth inning and was on third with one out. Arenado, who would strike out three times against Maeda, did not connect on his swing but neither did Yasmani Grandal. The ball got passed Grandal and the run scored.
Ian Desmond homered in the fifth to make it 2-0. 15 Dodgers had gone up and down before Kiké Hernández homered to make it 2-1. Chase Utley would follow with a single but he would be left on first.
Hernández’s home run would be the 55th Dodger home run in June.
Dodgers have hit 55 home runs this month. The individual leaderboard for June looks like this:— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) July 1, 2018
T1. Max Muncy: 10
T1. Joc Pederson: 10
3. Cody Bellinger: 8
4. Kiké Hernández: 7
5. Matt Kemp: 6
In the seventh inning, Trevor Story doubled to start the inning. With one out and runners on first and second, Chris Iannetta singled home Story to give the Rockies a two-run lead again.
The Dodgers got solid relief work from Daniel Hudson who pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three.
A pair of right-handed pitchers will pitch the series finale on the first day of July. Chad Bettis will take the mound for the Rockies and Ross Stripling starts for the Dodgers. First pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.
Home runs: Ian Desmond (17), Kiké Hernández (14)
WP - German Marquez (6-8): 8 IP, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts
LP - Kenta Maeda (5-5): 7 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 9 strikeouts
SV - Adam Ottavino (2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout