Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of Germán Márquez’s struggles and early injury exit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Trea Turner added a two-run double and Julio Urías pitched into the sixth inning as the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep against their surprising nemesis. The last-place Rockies had been 4-1 against the NL West leaders.
Márquez (4-6) left with an apparent injury to his throwing hand with one out in the fourth after allowing five runs and five hits, including Freeman’s 446-foot solo drive to center in the first that extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Smith hit his 12th homer, a two-run shot off Jhoulys Chacín in the fifth, to make it 7-1.
Bellinger belted his 10th homer to right through a hard rain with thunder and lighting in the sky in the eighth after the pubic address announcer asked fans to go to the concourse. The game was never stopped, except to work on drying the mound between innings.
Brendan Rodgers hit a solo homer in the eighth, an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. Kris Bryant had two singles in his third game back from injury for the Rockies, who had won seven straight against NL West teams.
Urías (6-6) was sharp through five innings before getting into a jam. He was replaced with one out and was charged with three runs and six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. It was the first time in five starts he allowed more than two earned runs.
The Dodgers had 11 hits to finish a 6-3 trip after managing four runs in the first two games at Coors Field.
Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts said he’s “very optimistic” OF Mookie Betts (rib) will return before the All-Star break. Betts is swinging the bat without difficulty, but still has pain when he throws. “I’m pretty certain when he does join us again it’s going to be by way of DH,” Roberts said.
Rockies: RHP Ryan Feltner, who was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, remains with the team and threw a side session before the game. The team has not announced any additional pitching injuries.
Freeman declined comment on radio host Doug Gottlieb’s tweet Wednesday that Freeman fired agent Casey Close this week because Close didn’t tell him about Atlanta’s final contact offer in March. Freeman went on to leave the Braves after 12 seasons.
LAMB’S FIRST START
Nine-year veteran Jake Lamb acknowledged that it was a “possibility” he would have opted out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers soon and become a free agent. But Lamb was called up Tuesday and made his first start on Wednesday in left field, reaching base in both plate appearances with a single and walk before being replaced with a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
Lamb hasn’t been able to duplicate his 2017 All-Star season in Arizona and has played for four teams since 2020.
“I needed to go to Triple-A just to get at-bats,” Lamb said. “For me, it really helped slow the game back down.”
The crowd roared before the game as Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog lugged in the Stanley Cup from left field and hoisted it above his head. Landeskog later threw out the first pitch to Rockies left-hander and Avs fanatic Kyle Freeland.
The championship parade is Thursday in downtown Denver.
Dodgers: RHP Mitch White (1-1, 4.25 ERA) starts Thursday night at home against San Diego RHP Joe Musgrove (8-1, 2.12) in the first of four games between the top teams in the NL West.
Rockies: After a day off, RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-4, 4.66) faces Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (6-5, 3.64) on Friday night at Coors Field.