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Dodgers offense erupts for 15 runs in Denver

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Sure, Coors. Who cares, we love runs!

The Dodgers scored a lot of them on Friday night as they defeated the Rockies 15-6. They finished with 17 hits, as every player in the starting lineup recorded a hit. Seven different players had at least two, with Cody Bellinger leading the way with three. Just like Corey Seager last night, Bellinger finished a triple shy of the cycle.

The long ball got the Dodgers going in the second inning. Bellinger hit a solo shot for his 11th homer of the season. A few batters later, Gavin Lux hit one of his own. A towering shot that went 453 feet, the furthest a Dodger has hit a ball this season.

The bats would be quiet for a few innings before putting a five spot on the board in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Chris Taylor singled in two, giving the Dodgers a three-run lead. The hits just kept on coming, as Max Muncy, Bellinger and AJ Pollock had three consecutive singles, putting LA up 9-3.

They scored two more in the sixth. Mookie Betts hit his NL-leading 16th dinger and Taylor brought in another run to make it 11-3. As we’ve seen too many times, no lead is safe at Coors Field. The Rockies scored three runs of their own to make it 11-6. A five run lead in Denver is kind of like a 2-3 run lead, so it was going to take the Dodgers scoring a few more runs to really put the game out of reach.

They did just that in the seventh inning, adding four insurance runs to the board. The Dodgers almost batted around, finishing the inning with five hits. The highlight of the inning was Betts’ two-run triple.

On the pitching side of things, it was a bullpen game for LA. Alex Wood got the honor of starting, his second start of the season and first since the opening series against the Giants. He went two innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Brusdar Graterol and Adam Kolarek followed, combining for 2 23 innings of scoreless relief. Dylan Floro got roughed up a bit, allowing three runs on four hits in his inning of work. Mitch White, making his second appearance of his career, closed things down throwing two scoreless innings with one strikeout to end the game.

Friday particulars

WP: Mitch White (1-0) 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 SO

LP: Ryan Castellani (1-3) 4 13 IP, 7 ER, 1 SO

HR: Cody Bellinger (11) Gavin Lux (3) Mookie Betts (16) Josh Fuentes (2)

Box score

Up next

The Dodgers will look to pick up the series win tomorrow night. Clayton Kershaw will make the start at Coors, a place he’s struggled at his whole career. First pitch is at 5:10 p.m. PT.

As of now, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division is four.