Eibner's homer backs Wood's gem at Coors

May 14th, 2017

DENVER -- Dodgers left-handed pitcher Alex Wood fanned 10 in six innings -- his second straight double-figure strikeout game -- as the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 4-0, Saturday night at Coors Field and reduced Colorado's early National League West lead to a half-game.

Wood (4-0), who fanned a season-high 11 in five scoreless innings against the Pirates in a win on Monday, fanned seven of the first 13 batters he faced en route to holding the Rockies to five hits, with one walk as the Dodgers won for the 12th time in their last 15 games. More >>

"Obviously he's found a nice rhythm," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Wood. "The fastball command to all quadrants. He's keeping right-handed hitters honest inside, and the change is really good. The back-foot breaking ball. He's been able to throw his secondaries to get back in counts, but he's getting ahead of hitters."

Once again, Wood flummoxed right-handed hitters. Eight of his strikeouts came against righties, and he has held them to a .179 batting average (17-for-95) over eight games.

"I felt like I saw him well and I've had success off him in the past, but he did step it up," the Rockies' said. "He stretched the strike zone. He was using all quadrants."

Rockies lefty (2-4) fanned eight and held the Dodgers to three runs and five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. Trouble came in the two-run second, when had an RBI double, and Wood pushed across a run on a sacrifice bunt.

"I'm just kind of staying within my approach, getting some good balls to hit, putting good swings on it," said Barnes, who has doubled in each of his last three games. "Just kind of slowing it down a little bit."

In the fifth, the Dodgers' delivered a towering home run to center off Anderson. Statcast™ projected the distance at 465 feet -- the eighth-longest home run in the big leagues this season.

"The first game with us, he faced Anderson and punched [struck out] twice and didn't look good," Roberts said. "For him to make the adjustment and stay to the big part of the field, it was good to see."

Rockies manager Bud Black said Anderson's work on many night's "was good enough to help us win the game … the story tonight was their pitching really shut us down."

"They're playing good baseball right now, so their offense as a whole is pretty locked in and they haed some good at-bats," Anderson said.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Right is not right:DJ LeMahieu opened the Rockies' third with an infield single, then Wood turned untouchable against righty batters Desmond, and . He struck out the trio on 11 pitches.

As the game progressed, he had fewer strikeouts and quicker innings.

"They won the tempo game," Desmond noted. "I felt like we were on defense for a while. And when we got in the box, he was pumping balls in the zone."

A sizzling out: Rockies right fielder , suddenly in a run of smoking left-handed pitching, came up with Arenado at first and delivered a line drive. Statcast™ showed an exit speed of 107.5 mph -- the fourth ball he's hit that's exceeded 100 mph in the last three games. The only problem was Dodgers first baseman , who snatched it and doubled off Arenado.

"The way he reacted was the same way I reacted," Gonzalez said. "He didn't know how he caught it. I didn't know how he caught it."

QUOTABLE

"I don't really know what happens when I come here. I'm just glad it worked in our favor tonight." -- Wood on lowering his Coors Field ERA from 11.25 to 8.18 after six scoreless innings Saturday

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Eibner's homer beat his personal long by 43 feet. It was the Dodgers' third-longest Statcast-measured homer. Both were by , 477 and 472 feet, both on June 2, 2015 -- at Coors, of course.

Saturday marked the second time the Rockies were shut at Coors Field and the second time the Dodgers have shut out a team on the road. For both teams, their first shutouts were on April 12, when the Rockies lost to the Padres 6-0 in Denver and the Dodgers blanked the Cubs 2-0 in Chicago.

ON THE HORIZON

Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, playing for the second straight night for Triple-A Albuquerque as he recovers from a concussion, went 1-for-4 with a home run, two strikeouts and a walk in a 7-3 loss at Nashville. Black said Wolters is scheduled to catch Sunday's game in Nashville.

WHAT'S NEXT

Dodgers: has made three starts since his April 27 call-up, and hasn't allowed more than a run in a start this year, posting a 1.06 ERA and pitching at least five innings each time out. In his one Coors Field appearance, he pitched three innings of relief and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk for a 9.00 ERA. He will face the Rockies at 12:10 p.m. PT.

Rockies: Rookie righty (5-1, 2.86 ERA) heads into his first career start against the Dodgers at 1:10 p.m. MT with confidence. He his 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA at Coors, with 13 strikeouts, 21 hits and seven walks in 26 innings over four starts.

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