Puig, Gonzalez Homer to Back Kershaw in Dodgers Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers are not only on a hot streak winning nine of the last ten, they also stopped Michael Cuddyer’s 27-game hit streak Tuesday night. The latest win was an 8-0 drubbing of the Colorado Rockies as Clayton Kershaw was on cruise control with a complete game victory to propel the Dodgers out of the cellar in the National League West.

The Dodgers move out of last place for the first time since May 5th and creep to within 2.5 games of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. Every team in the West lost again Tuesday allowing the Dodgers to tie the San Diego Padres for third and climb to within one game of the Rockies.

Kershaw improved his ERA to a Major League leading 1.93 as he completely shut down the Rockies’ offense only allowing four hits while not walking anybody. The Dodgers ace struck out eight and didn’t allow a Rockies baserunner past second base all night.

The Dodgers offense feasted on Roy Oswalt early and often scoring five of the eight runs off the veteran in his five innings of work. The scoring got started in the second inning with runs coming from a Matt Kemp groundout and Juan Uribe single. Uribe would also have an RBI single in the fourth inning on his way to a 2-for-4 night.

Two more came across in the third on the 11th homer of the year for Adrian Gonzalez after a Yasiel Puig laser  shot high off the wall in right.

Puig would fall a triple shy of the cycle with his eighth three hit game in only 27 career games to raise his average to .443 on the season. One of those three hits came in the seventh inning when Puig took a solo blast out to the cavernous center field at Coors Field.

Adding a couple more runs on singles from Mark Ellis in the eighth and Andre Ethier in the ninth, the Dodgers would end the night with 14 hits.

This now means that with a win tomorrow the Dodgers would be in second place. Entering June 22nd the team was 9.5 games out of first and now has a shot at being in first place by next week which is truly astonishing.

WP: Clayton Kershaw (7-5)

LP: Roy Oswalt (0-3)

Notes:

Kemp was 0-for-5 meaning he is 5-for-23 (.217) with five runs, three RBI, and nine strikeouts since his return on June 25th.

The Dodgers are now 6-2 with Mark Ellis in the leadoff spot.

Carl Crawford is expected to make his return to the lineup this week.

Since June 22nd the Dodgers have picked up seven games in the standings on all teams in the West except the Rockies of whom they’ve gained five.