LOS ANGELES -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story went deep once and the Colorado bullpen pitched five innings Tuesday night to hold off the Dodgers, 4-3, at Dodger Stadium.Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) pitched six innings for the first time this year with seven strikeouts, but he has allowed
LOS ANGELES -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story went deep once and the Colorado bullpen pitched five innings Tuesday night to hold off the Dodgers, 4-3, at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) pitched six innings for the first time this year with seven strikeouts, but he has allowed six home runs in 15 1/3 innings with two losses to the Rockies. Kyle Freeland started for Colorado, but he was removed with two on and no outs in the fifth inning and did not qualify for the victory. He walked four, hit two batters and made 87 pitches in four-plus innings.
The Dodgers scored in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI infield single by Joc Pederson and in the ninth inning on RBI singles by Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal. The Dodgers had the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended.
"We were good in the ninth inning," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Our guys aren't going to lay down. They're going to keep competing. It was good to see us stress them."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Homer happy: The homers by Arenado, who has six this year, were projected by Statcast™ at 406 and 395 feet, with exit velocities of 105.3 and 105 mph, while Story's second homer of the year was projected at 427 feet with an exit velocity of 106.7 mph. Story was 0-for-12 and 1-for-26 prior to the home run. More >
"He's one of the best players in the game," Rockies manager Bud Black said of Arenado. "There's no doubt about it. I'll go on record saying that. He's arguably in the top five. He does it both at the plate and on the field. He makes all the plays."
Penmenship: Five Colorado relievers followed Freeland. Chris Rusin, who retired all four batters he faced, was credited with the victory and Greg Holland allowed two runs in the ninth but held on for his eighth save. The Rockies' bullpen is 5-0.
DEFENSE THE HARD WAY
Ryu and Adrian Gonzalez combined for a backward defensive play on Charlie Blackmon's slow roller in the third inning and it probably saved a run. Ryu made the throw with his glove, Gonzalez made the catch without one (barehanded) for the out. Two batters later, Arenado doubled inside the right-field line. More >
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager struck out his first two at-bats, giving him six consecutive whiffs and eight of his previous 10 at-bats. He walked, lined out to center and singled on an overturned call in his remaining at-bats.
"There was a little bit of an exhale with Corey," said Roberts. "I think he punched six in a row. Don't think he's ever done that in his life. He's struggling a little bit right now, but any day he can turn it around."
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Dodgers challenged an out call in the ninth inning by third-base umpire Stu Scheurwater on a soft fly ball by Seager to diving left fielder Gerardo Parra. The call was overturned and Seager was safe at first base.
Rockies: The Dodgers gave left-hander Tyler Anderson a rough time in their meeting in Denver on April 9, getting to him for five runs on five hits and four walks his five innings of the Rockies' 10-6 loss. Anderson will look to bounce back Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. MT.
Dodgers: The Rockies roughed up Clayton Kershaw for three homers at Coors Field, but he rebounded with 8 1/3 innings to beat the D-backs in his last outing. Kershaw starts this 7:10 p.m. PT game to finish the two-game set with Colorado. He's 18-6 against Colorado in his career.
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Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles.
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