The Dodgers really know how to turn things around. Which isn’t exactly breaking news.
Russell Martin and David Freese hit back-to-back homers to give the Dodgers an exciting lead in the seventh inning. In a matter of just about a minute, the Dodgers went from being down by two runs to being up by two runs. Thanks to the pair of 36-year-old veterans.
Justin Turner got in on the home run fest in the eighth inning, crushing home run No. 27 to help the Dodgers finish with a 5-3 win over the Rockies.
Although it sounds like the Dodgers didn’t have a problem on offense on Tuesday, this isn’t ... entirely true.
Rockies starting pitcher Chi Chi González was able to keep the Dodgers quiet for the first six innings. In that time, González only allowed two hits and two walks to get past him while delivering two strikeouts. One of these hits was claimed by Gavin Lux, who finds himself with a nice 2-game hitting streak in the majors.
It was only until the seventh inning when the Dodgers were finally able to capitalize with runners on base. González was charged with two earned runs since the two runners he allowed on base came in to score on Martin’s homer.
While the Dodgers were being held down in the first half of the game, Rockies sluggers Daniel Murphy and Nolan Arenado each homered to give their team a nice 2-0 lead.
Murphy hit his homer off of Julio Urías, who made his return to the Dodgers after serving his suspension.
Urías’ outing was short and sweet. He made 44 pitches over three full innings and allowed one run and two hits. It was his first time pitching with LA since Aug. 16 and his first start since July 30.
Yimi García relieved Urías in the fourth inning and allowed a leadoff homer to Arenado. He didn’t get out of the inning, leaving two runners on with two outs for Adam Kolarek. Kolarek struck out Tony Wolters to finish the inning.
The middle of the bullpen pitched quite well, combining to pitch four scoreless innings. Dylan Floro tossed two of the four innings while Caleb Ferguson pitched one inning and earned the win.
Kenley Jansen came in to close the game, but it didn’t come without incident. He issued a walk to Ryan McMahon and then gave up a double to Yonder Alonso to put both runners at scoring position. The next batter, Wolters, then grounded out, but it allowed McMahon to score from third base.
It wasn’t a perfect inning from Jansen, but he did get out of the inning without making more of a fuss and earned his 28th save of the year.
With Tuesday night’s win, the Dodgers’ magic number dropped to five. This means the earliest the team can clinch the division is on Saturday, Sept. 7.
WP: Caleb Ferguson (1-1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
LP: Bryan Shaw (2-2), 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 HR
SV: Kenley Jansen (28), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 K
Home runs: Daniel Murphy (13), Nolan Arenado (27), Russell Martin (6), David Freese (11), Justin Turner (27)
The Dodgers look to sweep the Rox on Wednesday with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.