The Dodgers got power from Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and the unexpected Carlos Triunfel, a nice start from Zack Greinke and a 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night to pull to within five games of the shrinking Giants in the National League West.
But they still came away feeling a tad queasy.
The Dodgers lost Ramirez in the seventh inning because of an injured right ring finger. They said X-rays were negative and called it a bruise, but it had to give them a serious scare.
Ramirez left the game after taking a nasty one-hopper off the end of the finger. As trainer Stan Conte examined the injured finger, Ramirez was in obvious pain.
Ramirez had surgery on his right thumb at the beginning of the 2013 season.
His two-run homer in the third inning off Jhoulys Chacin gave the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead. It was his 11th home run of the season. Kemp hit a solo shot in the fourth for his seventh home run.
Greinke went six innings for the Dodgers, raising his season record to 9-3. He struck out five and gave up one run on six hits and two walks.
The Rockies made it 3-2 in the seventh after pinch-hitter Jeff Rutledge doubled and ended up scoring on the ball Corey Dickerson hit off Ramirez's finger went for another double.
But the Dodgers went back up by two in the bottom of the inning when Triunfel hit his first homer in the majors.
Kenley Jansen gave up a pair of singles, but pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 20th save of the season.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times