Fowler’s 2 Homers Lead Rockies To 7-2 Win Over LA
DENVER (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit two homers off fill-in starter Matt Magill and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven effective innings, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 7-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
It was the second multihomer game of the season for Fowler. Todd Helton and Michael Cuddyer added solo homers as the Rockies took two of three from Los Angeles.
De La Rosa (7-3) struggled early, but settled down as he allowed six hits and struck out five for his first career win against Los Angeles. He was 0-8 entering the game.
Magill (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to step in for lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was a late scratch with a bruised left foot. Magill had a forgettable outing, giving up seven runs — six earned — in six innings. He also allowed four homers and walked nine, before being pulled for a pinch hitter after throwing 110 pitches.
Cuddyer kept up his torrid hitting since coming off the disabled list on May 24, driving in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first and lining his 10th homer of the season in the fifth to the deepest part of Coors Field. He has his average up to .346.
Skip Schumaker drove in both runs for the Dodgers, who return home after a 1-4 stretch on the road. They beat Colorado on Friday, only to drop the next two. They haven’t won a series at Coors since Sept. 27-29, 2010.
Helton rediscovered his power against Los Angeles, hitting a solo shot in the fourth on Sunday and a pinch-hit homer in the ninth on Friday. He had just three homers before the weekend.
Fowler led off the game with a homer, the sixth time in his career he’s accomplished that feat. It was also his first homer since April 29, when he hit a solo shot off the Dodgers to begin the game.
He wasn’t done there, though, lining a two-run homer in the sixth. He also was walked twice, including one intentionally.
The speedy Fowler was picking up where he left off the day before, when his single in the 10th brought home the winning run.
For the moment, the Dodgers are taking a wait-and-see approach with outfielder Carl Crawford, who left the game Saturday with a left hamstring injury. The team wants to see how he progresses before a move is made.
However, that left the already injury-riddled Dodgers even more short-handed on the bench. Before the game, L.A. placed catcher A.J. Ellis (left oblique strain) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Magill. This after already putting outfielder Matt Kemp on the disabled list last week with a strained right hamstring.
Just another ailment to deal with for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who’s filling out his lineup card more by who’s healthy than who’s on a hot streak.
“We’ll get through it,” Mattingly said before the game. “We’ve got to tread water, be able to fight and get as many wins as we can, keep ourselves in this thing and count on getting some bodies back. … Get back to semi full-strength and get hot. That’s all.”
Notes: INF Hanley Ramirez (strained left hamstring) went 1-for-4 in a rehab stint for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. Ramirez was given the day off Sunday. … The Rockies gave away bobbleheads to honor former Rockies star Andres Galarraga, who also tossed out the first pitch to a standing ovation. “Exciting,” Galarraga said of being back in Denver for the first time since he was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. “No words to describe it. I feel like I’m home.” … Colorado put closer Rafael Betancourt (strained groin) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and purchased the contract of reliever Manuel Corpas from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
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