Clayton Kershaw sharp, MLB-best Dodgers rout Rockies 10-1

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw went six scoreless innings in his next-to-last get started earlier than the playoffs and the Los Angeles Dodgers had an eight-run fourth inning in a 10-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night time.

Cody Bellinger hit a three-run house run, Mookie Betts had a couple of doubles amongst his 3 hits and Chris Taylor additionally had 3 hits because the Dodgers advanced their franchise-best report to 109-48.

Los Angeles wrapped up the most productive report in baseball previous Friday when the Houston Astros misplaced to the Tampa Bay Rays, giving the Dodgers a house sport for a possible Game 7 of the World Series.

“We’re taking care of business right now,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “The challenge now is we have five games to finish out and play well. As far as home-field advantage throughout (the playoffs), we’ve done that.”

Kershaw (11-3) cruised alongside via permitting simply 5 hits without a walks and two strikeouts. He received his fourth consecutive get started and has a 1.50 ERA in six begins since returning Sept. 1 from a again harm.

“I feel fine physically (but) this was a tough one stuff-wise; it wasn’t very good,” Kershaw mentioned. “I had to grind through. A lot of guys on base and just overall didn’t have the best stuff tonight. Every once in a while that happens and you’re going to have to grind and thankfully our guys put up a bunch of runs tonight.”

Rockies starter Chad Kuhl (6-11) used to be roughed up for 6 runs on 8 hits over 3 1/3 innings, whilst giving up 3 walks with two strikeouts. Colorado, which has locked up final position within the NL West, misplaced for the tenth time in 11 video games.

“Every day is different and like I’ve mentioned over the last couple of weeks, a lot of young guys are getting a taste of the major leagues,” Rockies supervisor Bud Black mentioned. “The speed of the game, seeing major league pitching, it’s a growth experience for a lot of our guys.”

Sluggish on offense for greater than every week, in a stretch that integrated two one-run video games in addition to a shutout, the Dodgers broke thru with their most- productive inning of the season. The 8 runs and 8 hits have been season highs for an inning.

The productive night time began modestly sufficient because the Dodgers led 1-0 thru 3 innings after an RBI double from Betts in the second one.

Bellinger were given the fourth-inning eruption began with a three-run house run to proper box, his 18th of the season and his first since Aug. 21, spanning 21 video games. After Kuhl used to be got rid of following a stroll to Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, Max Muncy and Trayce Thompson every had RBI hits in succession towards Jake Bird.

Taylor added the overall two runs of the inning on a two-run unmarried to middle box for a 9-0 lead.

Yency Almonte, David Price every pitched a scoreless inning for the Dodgers earlier than infielder Hanser Alberto gave up a run within the 9th on a sacrifice fly from Elias Diaz. Alberto, who had an RBI double within the 9th, made his tenth look (11 innings) at the mound.

“It’s better when you’re on the winning side,” Alberto mentioned about getting a couple of possibilities to pitch. “That’s why I enjoy it more (tonight). That’s all we want at the end of the day is to win the ballgame.”

Dodgers: RHP Dustin May (again) threw a brief bullpen consultation, his first time throwing from a mound since going at the injured listing Sept 23, and has now not been dominated out for a go back all through the playoffs. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) threw from 120 ft however his timetable for a go back has now not been set. … 3B Justin Turner, who hasn’t performed since Tuesday as a result of shin splints, may well be in line to play Saturday. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (forearm) is again with the crew after a rehab task at Triple-A Oklahoma City, however has now not been added but to the lively roster.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (Sept. 11, 4.63 ERA) is making his 5th get started towards the Dodgers, going 2-2 with a 6.33 ERA within the prior 4.

Dodgers: RHP Michael Grove (1-0, 4.07) will likely be making his 6th profession get started and is coming off his first profession win Sunday vs. St. Louis.

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