LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trailed by five runs in the third, but they got two home runs from Cody Bellinger and scored five runs on four Adam Ottavino wild pitches in the seventh and eighth innings to stun the Rockies, 12-6, for their season-high 10th straight victory on Sunday
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trailed by five runs in the third, but they got two home runs from Cody Bellinger and scored five runs on four Adam Ottavino wild pitches in the seventh and eighth innings to stun the Rockies, 12-6, for their season-high 10th straight victory on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
It was Bellinger's sixth multihomer game, which is a Dodgers rookie record and one shy of the Major League rookie record Mark McGwire set in 1987. The 21-year-old leads the National League with 24 home runs on the season. The Dodgers have homered in 17 consecutive games and have hit 43 in June.
"People always talk about hitting is contagious, winning is contagious," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There is certainly a vibe or mentally that we're going to win each day; regardless of who takes the mound or what circumstance, we're not going to get down."
• Bellinger slugs 2 homers, makes 4-star catch
The Rockies took an early 5-0 lead against Dodger starter Brandon McCarthy, who threw 64 pitches in three innings. But Rockies lefty starter Tyler Anderson, who returned from left knee inflammation Sunday for his first start since May 30, gave up two-run homers in the third to Kiké Hernandez and Bellinger, then left with cramping in his left hamstring.
• McCarthy digs deep after bout with yips
• Ottavino uncorks four wild pitches
Jordan Lyles and Scott Oberg combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings to hold the Rockies' lead, but Jake McGee opened the door a crack and the Dodgers kicked it in against Ottavino. Now the Rockies' losing streak is a season-high five games.
"This is a great test for us," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "This is good stuff, as far as where we are, where we need to be and what we need to do."
The Dodgers were trailing, 6-4, in the seventh when Rockies reliever Jake McGee gave up a one-out single to Justin Turner and a two-out double to John Forsythe. Black had seen enough and summoned Ottavino to try to close the door on the Dodgers rally, but the righty walked Austin Barnes to load the bases and fired two wild pitches that scored a total of three runs.
Ottavino's four wild pitches tied the Rockies' record, set originally by David Hale on Aug. 23, 2015. He's the first pitcher the last 50 years to allow four-plus runs in a game on wild pitches, and the Rockies are the first team in liveball era (since 1920) to allow five-plus runs in a game via wild pitches.
"Their guys were on the ropes," Roberts said. "We didn't even give them any extra outs on the bases. We kept grinding and made those guys continue to make pitches. You look at what we did from the first game of the series, what we're doing to pitching staffs, there's a relentless kind of approach to what we're doing."
Roberts summoned Kenley Jansen with one out in the eighth, and though the closer issued his first walk of the season, he picked up his 17th save and a double for the first RBI of his career.
• Jansen's RBI double impresses everyone, including Bellinger
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Nice grab: The Rockies were threatening in the seventh after Mark Reynolds drew a one-out walk and Ian Desmond hit a two-out single. Pat Valaika's fly ball to right field would have added to their 6-4 lead, but Bellinger raced over to lay out and make a four-star catch. The grab had a 35 percent catch probability, and he covered 71 feet in 4.2 seconds, according to Statcast™.
Dodgers' wild seventh: The Dodgers couldn't take advantage of a bases-loaded situation in the fourth, when Bellinger popped out with two outs. But they made up for it in the seventh. Trailing, 6-4, the Dodgers loaded the bases again on a Turner single, a Forsythe double and Austin Barnes' walk. Yasmani Grandal looked to play the hero against Ottavino, but he didn't have to, as the Dodgers scored three runs on two Ottavino wild pitches to take their first lead.
Rockies catcher Tony Wolters could not find the ball after Ottavino's second wild pitch, and Forsythe and Barnes scored. Multiple runs on a single wild pitch hadn't happened all season in the Majors until Friday, when the Astros' James Hoyt saw two score against the Mariners. Now it's happened twice in three days.
"We're clicking on cylinders. Our offense, our defense has been second to none, and we have a really talented team with a good coaching staff. It's pretty special what we have going on." -- Bellinger
"You can call it whatever you want. It was pretty pathetic." -- Ottavino, assessing his performance
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Desmond entered the game on an 0-for-18 slump and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position -- with five strikeouts in his last six such opportunities. Sunday's second-inning leadoff single ended both streaks. Desmond added an RBI single to score Nolan Arenado from second in the sixth inning.
Rockies: Rookie righty German Marquez (5-3, 3.92 ERA), after an extra day's rest, will face the Giants and righty Jeff Samardzija (2-9, 4.74) in the opener of a three-game series at 8:15 p.m. MT Monday at AT&T Park. The set marks the second leg of three in an NL West road trip that will conclude with a series at Arizona next weekend.
Dodgers: The 2017 chapter of the Freeway Series with the Angels begins on Monday, and the Dodgers will have Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73 ERA) on the mound. Hill struck out seven Mets in five innings during his last outing. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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