Dodgers rip Chad Kuhl early, win sixth straight over Rockies – Greeley Tribune

The baseball universe is back in balance, and cats and dogs no longer live together.

Because the Dodgers are running the Rockies again.

Colorado opened the season 4-1 against the behemoths of the National League West, but the Dodgers were desperate for a 5-4 victory Thursday in front of 41,656 fans at Coors Field. The Los Angles have now won six straight over the Rockies, who fell to 17-42 against the Dodgers since 2019.

Credit the Rockies for getting hot and bothered in the ninth against Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel. Kris Bryant hit an opposite-field single to right, but Kimbrell struck out CJ Crone, who grounded out for the second out.

Brendan Rogers kept the rally alive with a single to right, Jose Iglesias walked and Randal Grichuk hit a two-run single before Kimbrell got Ryan McMahon to fly out to left fielder Trayce Thompson in the rough to seal the shutout for his 18th save.

The game was actually decided early as LA lefty Julio Urias got the better of Colorado right-hander Chad Kuhl, who quickly moved from his power to his weakside in the rotation.

The Dodgers got behind Kuhl in the first inning when Trea Turner ripped a one-out single and Will Smith took a 2-0 lead with a two-run, 435-foot blast. LA made it 4-0 in the second with a double by Cody Bellinger and a two-run homer by Thompson.

Entering the game, Rockies pitchers had not allowed a home run in six consecutive home runs, the second-longest streak in franchise history and longest since five games in 2013.

The last time Kuhl faced the Dodgers, he was masterful, throwing a complete-game, three-hit shutout at Coors Field. This was on June 27. Since then, the right-hander has a 9.58 ERA in five starts, with seven homers allowed and 15 strikeouts against 14 walks.

Colorado managed just four hits from Urias, but strung together three solid at-bats against him in the second. Iglesias doubled down the left field line, Grichuk followed with an RBI triple and McMahon’s sacrifice fly to center cut LA’s lead to 4-2.

Colorado’s most frustrating pitching came in the third while giving the Dodgers a run with a sloppy play and trailing 5-2.

Kuhl singled ahead of Freddie Freeman, who immediately slid into second base. Kuhl walked Smith and Jake Lamb reached first base on Krohn’s error, loading the bases. Gavin Lux’s sacrifice fly scored Freeman and then Kuhl walked Max Muncy to reload the bases.

That was it for Kuhl, but Ryan Feltner, called up from Triple-A Albuquerque before the game, struck out Cody Bellinger and Thompson to halt the Dodgers’ rally. Feltner pitched well, giving up no runs on three hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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