Cody Bellinger hit a three-run homer, Mookie Bates had a pair of doubles in his three-hitter, and Chris Taylor had three as well. Dodgers Improve their best record to 109-48.
Los Angeles had the best record in baseball early Friday when the Houston Astros lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, giving Dodgers The home game of Game 7 of the World Series.
“We’re dealing with business now,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “The challenge now is that we have five games to finish and play well. In terms of home-court advantage throughout (the playoffs), we’ve done it.”
Kershaw (11-3) allowed only five hits without a walk and two strikeouts. He has made his fourth straight start since returning from a back injury on Sept. 1 and has a 1.50 ERA in six starts.
“My body feels good (but) it’s a hard thing; it’s not great,” Kershaw said. “I had to hone in. There were a lot of guys on the base and in general there wasn’t the best stuff tonight. It happens every once in a while and you’re going to have to hone in and thank goodness our players tonight. I ran many times.”
the Rocky Mountains Starter Chad Kuhl (6-11) had 6 of 8 hits in 3 1/3 innings while giving up 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Colorado, the bottom of the NL West, lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
“Every day is different, and as I’ve mentioned over the past few weeks, a lot of young people are getting a taste of the big leagues,” the Rocky Mountains Manager Bud Black said. “The speed of the game, seeing the pitching in the big leagues, it’s been a growing experience for a lot of us.”
After a slump on offense for more than a week, in a stretch that included two single games and a suspension, Dodgers They broke through in one of the most productive innings of the season. Eight runs and eight hits were season highs in an inning.
Productive nights start in moderation because Dodgers It was 1-0 in three innings after Bates ran a double in the second inning.
Bellinger’s fourth-inning burst began with a three-run homer in right field, his 18th of the season and his first since Aug. 21, spanning 21 games. Will Smith, Max Muncy and Tracy Thompson had back-to-back RBIs against Jack Bird after Kuhl was removed after walking to Freddie Freeman.
Taylor added the last two innings of the innings to midfield with two singles for a 9-0 lead.
Yency Almonte and David Price each Dodgers Before infielder Hanser Alberto gave up the ninth game on Elias Diaz’s sacrifice fly. Alberto hit a double in the ninth inning for his 10th appearance on the mound (11 innings).
“It’s better when you’re on the winning side,” Alberto said of getting multiple pitches. “That’s why I liked it more (tonight). That’s what we want in the end to win the game.”
Dodgers: RHP Dustin May (back) threw a short bullpen workout, his first since going on the injured list on Sept. 23, and wasn’t ruled out for a return during the playoffs. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) throws from 120 feet, but a timeline for his return has yet to be determined. … 3B Justin Turner, who has not played since Tuesday due to a shin splint, will likely play Saturday. … RHP Tony Gonzolin (forearm) is back with the team after a triple-A rehab assignment in Oklahoma City, but has yet to make an active roster.
Dodgers: RHP Michael Grove (1-0, 4.07) will be making his sixth career start and notched his first career win on Sunday against St. Louis.
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