(Sports Network) - It's not a deluxe apartment in the sky, but the Los
Angeles Dodgers are moving on up in the National League West standings.
It took a whole lot of trying for the Dodgers to get out of the division
basement and they will aim for a series win over the Colorado Rockies
Wednesday at Coors Field.
Los Angeles has pulled within 2 1/2 games of the NL West lead and has won nine
of its last 10 games, including Tuesday's 8-0 blanking of the Rockies behind a
four-hit shutout by ace Clayton Kershaw. The left-hander fanned eight batters
and did not allow a walk for his second shutout of the season and seventh of
Yasiel Puig continued his breakout campaign with three hits, including a home
run, and two runs scored, while Adrian Gonzalez belted a two-run homer to back
Kershaw's stellar outing.
"This lineup right now is tough to get through and Puig right now is on
another planet," Kershaw said. "You keep thinking he can't keep this up. He
hits the ball really hard everywhere."
Puig is batting .443 with eight homers and 17 RBI this season. He helped the
Dodgers to a 14-4 advantage in hits and the club opened a nine-game road trip
on a high note. The Dodgers have won three in a row on the road and are the
only team in the NL West on a winning streak.
The Dodgers have won two straight and four of Zack Greinke's last five starts
and hope he can keep the momentum going Wednesday. Greinke tossed eight
innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 win at San Diego on June 22, then battled
through a 6-4 victory last Thursday versus Philadelphia.
The Phillies reached Greinke for four runs and 12 hits in seven innings, but
the right-hander used clutch hitting, five strikeouts and one walk to improve
to 5-2 in 11 starts with a 3.94 ERA.
Greinke did not record a decision at Colorado on June 1, when he yielded four
runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-6 loss. He is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA
in seven career meetings, six of which have been starts, with the Rockies.
Colorado is still second in the NL West at 1 1/2 games behind Arizona even
though the club has lost 13 of its last 19 games.
The Rockies, who were coming off a series win over San Francisco this weekend,
couldn't solve Kershaw and produced just four hits. Yorvit Torrealba had two
of the hits and Michael Cuddyer's 27-game hitting streak came to an end, as he
finished 0-for-4. Cuddyer batted .372 with six homers and 19 RBI during the
longest hitting streak in franchise history.
"It was pretty cool," Cuddyer said. "It's something to be proud of, for sure."
The first five batters for the Rockies went a combined 1-for-18.
Rockies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt fell to 0-3 and gave up five runs and nine
hits, including a home run, in five innings.
"I think I'm trying to be too fine," Oswalt said. "Trying to throw that nine-
inning shutout, 70 pitches, instead of being aggressive like I've always been.
After the home run I pretty much went all out, felt a lot better after that."
After Colorado finishes this series versus L.A., it will hit the road for 10
games against Arizona, San Diego and the Dodgers.
Tyler Chatwood will make his 10th start of the season Wednesday for the
Rockies and has posted back-to-back no-decisions, allowing four hits and one
run over six innings in each.
Chatwood is 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA in nine starts and defeated the Dodgers on the
road April 29 with six scoreless innings. In five career starts against Los
Angeles, the right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
Colorado has won four of seven meetings with Los Angeles this season.
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