Blue’s Soaring


A five-run fifth inning propelled the Dodgers (51-40) past Colorado, 8-2, at Coors Field this past Sunday as Josh Beckett (6-5) went five scoreless innings with three hits.

Adrian Gonzalez (three hits with a run) had a two-run single that scored Beckett (double) and Dee Gordon (two hits with a run), while Matt Kemp (four hits with a run and two runs batted in) singled in Yasiel Puig (single, two runs and an RBI).

It swelled to 4-0 after Juan Uribe (three hits) added a fielder’s choice, and it became 5-0 when Miguel Rojas was hit by a pitch as Kemp scored.

“It’s just amazing,’’ said Gordon, who is batting .302, leads the major leagues with 42 stolen bases, and was chosen to his first All-Star team. “I knew if I got the chance I could play.”

The Dodgers trailed by five runs on Saturday and lost, 8-7, to the Rockies as Dan Haren (8-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in five and one-third frames.

Hanley Ramirez (two hits with two runs) drove in a pair, and Puig (two runs and two hits) added an RBI.

Clayton Kershaw (10-2) defeated the Rockies, 9-0, on Friday, yielding two hits and no runs in eight innings, fanning eight and walking one.

Gordon (two runs), Andre Ethier (run and an RBI) and A.J. Ellis (RBI) all banged out three hits, Puig slashed a two-run homer (12th), and Scott Van Slyke (two hits including a homer) added three RBIs.

The Dodgers beat the Rockies, 3-2, on Thursday as Zack Greinke (11-4) toiled eight innings, giving up nine hits and one earned run.

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two earned runs and seven hits in seven innings as Cleveland edged the Dodgers, 5-4, on Wednesday at Chavez Ravine.

The Indians pounded Beckett across five innings for five earned runs and six hits in a 10-3 pasting on Tuesday as Gordon (three hits), Puig (two hits an RBI and a run) and Gonzalez, who belted his 14th homer, a two-run shot, led the offense.

Clint Robinson’s first big league hit was a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh that was the difference in a 1-0 win over the Indians on Monday.

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