Among other things, the
And as a result, it is probably time to consider something that would have been absolutely unthinkable back on June 22 when the Dodgers were 9 1/2 games back in the
The Dodgers won their fifth consecutive game Monday, finally overcoming and then hanging on to defeat the
Kershaw survived his worst outing of the season, giving up five runs on 11 hits, both season highs, which bloated his earned-run average to 1.89 -- still the best in baseball.
Kershaw never really seemed on his game Monday, giving up three runs in the first inning and then two more in the fifth. Plus, he came into the game 4-3 with a 4.98 ERA for his career at Coors.
Kershaw helped his own cause with two hits and a pair of runs batted in. Ethier went three for four with three RBIs, and
The Dodgers helped thwart the Colorado attack by turning four double plays.
The game also featured the Dodgers’ debut of
Puig left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with what the Dodgers called a mild right knee strain. He did run home on a sacrifice fly after seemingly injuring the knee sliding into third base after an
The victory pushed the Dodgers (82-55) to 27 games over .500 for the first time this season. They are now on a 52-13 stretch.