DENVER -- The resilient Dodgers stuck to a successful script on Sunday, falling way behind the Rockies early and rallying late for a 10-7 win and their first series sweep at Coors Field since 2010.Yasmani Grandal's two-run homer capped a three-run ninth inning after Player Page for Max Muncy, replacing
DENVER -- The resilient Dodgers stuck to a successful script on Sunday, falling way behind the Rockies early and rallying late for a 10-7 win and their first series sweep at Coors Field since 2010.
Yasmani Grandal's two-run homer capped a three-run ninth inning after Player Page for Max Muncy, replacing slumping first baseman Cody Bellinger, homered twice for four RBIs. The Dodgers overcame a 6-1 deficit after a two-inning, six-run start by Alex Wood. It was the largest deficit they've wiped out this year.
"That was a big moment, got us back in the game," Muncy said of his three-run shot in the third inning that cut Colorado's lead to 6-4. "You're never out of a game here, especially this place, you can put up a lot of runs. No lead's safe."
The series turned into a battle of bullpens, with Dodgers relievers picking up all three wins and Rockies relievers suffering all three losses. Six Dodgers relievers allowed only one unearned run over the final seven innings on Sunday, with Tony Cingrani getting the win and Kenley Jansen notching his 14th save.
No secret about the Dodgers' game plan, as they outscored Colorado, 21-3, after the fifth inning.
"It's a sign of the way our roster is constructed," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Score late, get to the starter, get into the 'pen and score runs late. That's indicative of what we did last year. Shorten the game."
It was just another in a sudden series of comeback wins by the Dodgers, who trailed Colorado after the second inning in each of the three games. They scored in double digits in three consecutive games for the first time since 1996. And they have won 13 of their last 17 with eight consecutive road wins.
The winning rally included a leadoff double by John Forsythe, atoning for an earlier error; a two-out walk by Chris Taylor, an RBI groundout by Justin Turner and a pair of wild pitches by Colorado closer Wade Davis.
"This is a good place to come and get the offense clicking," said Turner, who battled through a nine-pitch at-bat against Davis for the tie-breaking RBI groundout.
"We made their guys make a lot of pitches and take advantage of mistakes. We talk all the time, no matter how many runs you're down, keep playing, because it's easy to climb back into games. Weird stuff happens in this park."
The Dodgers scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-6 lead, the last two on Rockies shortstop Trevor Story's throwing error on a two-out grounder by pinch-hitter Breyvic Valera.
But the Dodgers lost the lead on a pair of errors in the seventh inning. Second baseman Forsythe bobbled a two-out grounder by Ian Desmond that scored Nolan Arenado, who singled with one out and took third on reliever Brock Stewart's wild pickoff attempt.
Wood, the only member of the Dodgers' Opening Week starting rotation not on the disabled list, was pitching on seven days' rest after dealing with hamstring cramps. Six of the first 10 batters he faced scored, as he allowed five hits, walked three and hit a batter.
Wood and Roberts insisted that the pitcher's removal was not prompted by any injury.
"He just didn't have it," said Roberts. "You have to make the decision if you want to bet on him and he was laboring, or go to the bullpen, and they were the star of the series."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Grandal's 425-foot home run off Davis provided a pair of insurance runs in the 38-pitch ninth inning. It left Grandal tied with Muncy and Matt Kemp for the club lead with nine home runs, and one behind Kemp for the team RBI lead at 32.
Jansen is 26-for-26 in save opportunities against the Rockies.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
First man out of the bullpen for the Dodgers was Erik Goeddel, and all he did was strike out the side in the third inning. Since being claimed off waivers from Seattle May 18, he's struck out nine and pitched around five walks in 7 2/3 innings.
HE SAID IT
"This is a hard place to gauge it. But the at-bat quality is a good sign. I think our offense has been good for quite some time." -- Roberts, when asked if his club's offense is rounding into expected form
After a day off on Monday, the Dodgers open a series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, with Thomas Stripling opposing Joe Musgrove at 4:05 p.m. PT. Injury decimation of the Dodgers' starting rotation has given Stripling an opportunity, and he has thrived with All-Star-worthy consistency.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.