Dodgers take down struggling Rockies
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings and remained unbeaten on the road this season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the struggling Colorado Rockies, 7-2, at Coors Field.
Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, drove in three runs and scored twice. Hanley Ramirez added two RBI for the Dodgers, who won for just the third time in their last nine games.
Ryu (7-2), who surrendered eight hits and a pair of runs, won his fourth consecutive start since coming off the disabled list on May 21. The left- hander has given up just four runs in six road starts this season, posting a 5-0 mark with a 0.95 ERA.
"He's basically been a fastball, changeup guy," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Ryu. "He's throwing more breaking balls now."
Right-hander Eddie Butler (0-1) lost in his major league debut after making 11 starts for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Butler surrendered 10 hits and six runs over the first 5 1/3 innings.
"You can't pitch over the middle of the plate. I learned a few things," Butler said.
Drew Stubbs homered and Charlie Culberson slapped an RBI triple for the Rockies, who lost their eighth in a row.
Gordon tripled to right on the second pitch of the game. Ramirez followed with an RBI groundout.
Drew Butera's double to center scored Andre Ethier in the second; and the Dodgers tacked on two runs in both the fifth and sixth for a 6-0 cushion. Gordon's triple to right-center scored Ryu, who had doubled to start the fifth. Gordon, who came home on a Ramirez base hit to left, added a two- run bloop single to right-center in the sixth.
Stubbs went deep with one out in the sixth, and Culberson's triple later in the frame plated Michael McKenry.
Matt Kemp sacrifice fly to right scored Yasiel Puig in the ninth.
The Dodgers optioned infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to Albuquerque; selected the contract of infielder Miguel Rojas from the Triple-A club and also moved pitcher Chris Withrow to the 60-day disabled list ... Los Angeles starters have posted a 5-0 record in their last five road trip-opening starts. This was the beginning of a six-game trek for the Dodgers with an added stop in Cincinnati ... Puig, who singled off LaTroy Hawkins to start the ninth, has reached base safely in 37 consecutive games (including reaching on errors) dating to April 25.
06/07 02:12:06 ET