Powered by a red-hot Adrian Gonzalez RBI double in the first, RBI double in the fifth; three runs and 3-for-4 on the day) and a two-run Howie Kendrick HR shot to left (also in the first), the Dodgers cruised to victory over the Rockies to assume a share of first place for the first time since Opening Day. Dodgers have a five-game win streak; Gonzalez has been on base twice in each of the ten games this season (if I heard Charley Steiner's stat correctly over the radio broadcast).
It got a little shaky in the fifth inning when Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run HR to make it 4-3 LA, but starter Clayton Kershaw went six innings and had 12 Ks to earn the win, his first of the year. Kershaw is giving up the long ball a little too much for my liking, across three games of 2015 now, and his 4.42 ERA shows it. Paco Rodriguez, Yimi Garcia, and new Dodger Adam Liberatore (MLB debut) each had a scoreless inning (Garcia was the only one to allow a baserunner), and the Dodgers added some cushion with another Kendrick RBI (double) as well as an Andre Ethier sac fly to left.
Slightly eariler game tomorrow: 6p start for Zack Greinke (vs. Jordan Lyles).
In other news, Giants lost 9-0 at home to the Diamondbacks; Jake Peavy (0-2) gave up 4 ER over 3.2 IP to put his ERA to 9.39.
On to Friday Night Fireworks!