Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

LA Dodgers leads 2-0 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 2
LA Dodgers8Final
Colorado0
Game 2: Wednesday, July 3
LA Dodgers10Final
Colorado8
Game 3: Thursday, July 4
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Colorado9

Dodgers 10

(40-43, 15-22 away)

Rockies 8

(41-44, 25-21 home)

Coverage:  ROOT

8:10 PM ET, July 3, 2013

Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

123456789 R H E
LAD 100411102 10 17 0
COL 130010201 8 10 1

W: Z. Greinke (6-2)

L: T. Chatwood (4-2)

S: K. Jansen (8)

Dodgers-Rockies Preview

STATS LLC

Behind star rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to surge.

Puig and the visiting Dodgers look for a fourth consecutive victory Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies, who hope Tyler Chatwood delivers another strong start versus their NL West rival.

Puig had three hits, including his eighth home run, and ace Clayton Kershaw tossed a four-hitter in Tuesday's 8-0 rout of Colorado. The Dodgers (39-43) have won nine of 10 to move out of last place in the West, one-half game ahead of struggling San Francisco.

Los Angeles is 16-11 since Puig made his career debut June 3. He's batting .443 with 17 RBIs in 27 contests, and 7 for 10 with two doubles, a triple and that homer in the last two.

"It's a tough lineup right now to get through," Kershaw said. "Puig's on another planet. You keep thinking he can't keep this up, not just singles, he's been hitting the ball really hard everywhere. I've been really, really impressed."

Hanley Ramirez added two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He's batting .469 during that stretch, and has hit .393 in his last 16 games versus Colorado (41-43).

Adrian Gonzalez hit his 11th home run for the Dodgers, who have recorded 14 hits in each of their last two games. The first baseman is batting .357 with two homers and nine RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak against the Rockies.

Los Angeles hopes to fare better against Chatwood (4-1, 2.13 ERA), who allowed five hits without a walk in six scoreless innings of a 12-2 win at Los Angeles on April 29 to improve to 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA against the Dodgers.

That start began a stretch of eight straight where the right-hander has yielded two or fewer runs. He's given up a run and four hits over six innings in each of his last two. He has not factored in the decision of either -- both one-run losses where the Rockies totaled three runs.

"I really didn't have very good command (in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets)," Chatwood told the Rockies' official website. "So to be able to keep our team in the game like that, I was happy with it."

Los Angeles counters with Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.94), who has a 4.44 ERA in nine starts since he missed more than a month with a broken collarbone but is 4-2 over that stretch.

Though the right-hander is looking for a third straight win, he allowed four runs and 12 hits, including two homers, in seven innings of a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.

"Zack probably didn't have his best stuff, but he just competed," catcher A.J. Ellis said.

Greinke has a 3.18 ERA without a decision in two career starts at Coors Field. The most recent came June 1, when he allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-6, 10-inning defeat.

Colorado's Michael Cuddyer is 5 for his last 16 (.313) against Greinke, but had his franchise-record 27-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-4 performance Tuesday. Batting .339, Cuddyer also had his run of 46 straight games of reaching base safely end.

"You just enjoy the ride as long as you can," he said.

The Rockies have lost two straight and 13 of 19.

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Gameday Matchup

 Los AngelesColorado
W-L92-7074-88
Night66-5347-62
Grass89-7074-85
Current StreakL2W2
Last 105-55-5

Pitching Matchup

Los AngelesColorado
Z. Greinke
15-4, 2.63 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 vs COL
6.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Loss
T. Chatwood
8-5, 3.15 ERA

Last Game:
9/24 vs BOS
7.0 IP, 0 ER
Dec = Win

Gameday Lineups

NO.Los AngelesColorado
1. M. Ellis, 2B C. Dickerson, CF
2. Y. Puig, RF D. LeMahieu, 2B
3. A. Gonzalez, 1B C. Gonzalez, LF
4. H. Ramirez, SS M. Cuddyer, RF
5. A. Ethier, RF W. Rosario, C
6. M. Kemp, CF T. Helton, 1B
7. A. Ellis, C N. Arenado, 3B
8. J. Uribe, 3B J. Herrera, SS
9. Z. Greinke, P T. Chatwood, P

Research Notes

Dodgers scored 10 runs for the first time this season. They had played 82 games without scoring in double digits, which was the 3rd-longest streak by the team to start a season in the Live Ball era (since 1920).
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Hanley Ramirez's 9th-inning home run Wednesday was calculated at 451 feet. It is tied with Yasiel Puig's home run on July 2 for the longest by a Dodger this season. It is the longest homer Ramirez has hit since July 4, 2008, a 476-foot shot off Greg Reynolds also at Coors Field.
Adrian Gonzalez and Juan Uribe followed up Yasiel Puig's 451-foot home run (longest by a Dodger this season) hit Tuesday, with long home runs of their own Wednesday. Gonzalez's home run traveled 432 feet, and Uribe's was calculated at 426, season longs for both players.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his 23rd HR, surpassing his total from all of last season.

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