The proof was in the lineup the manager fielded in the Dodgers' 7-4 victory over the
Yasiel Puig, who was dealing with soreness behind his right knee, was held out for precautionary reasons.
"If it was a game separating us or we were a game back or something like that, we'd do it different," Mattingly said.
Mattingly will rest key players Wednesday in the series finale against the Rockies. With the Dodgers scheduled to face left-hander
And why not?
The Dodgers increased their lead to 13 1/2 games over the second-place
Mattingly's long-view approach has resulted in a small change in his catalog of cliches. Mattingly used to be fond of saying he was fielding the lineup that he felt gave him the best chance to win that day. Here's what he said before the game Tuesday: "When I write that lineup out today, I expect us to win."
And they did, even against starter
"You've got to give Donnie a lot of credit because he has kept all of us fresh," Punto said.
The Dodgers went ahead, 3-0, in the second inning, which started with Ethier collecting his third double in two days.
Ethier scored on a sacrifice fly by
The Dodgers extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning, when Crawford scored on a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez.
That was enough of a cushion for
"Obviously, this is a dangerous place to pitch," Nolasco said. "I think the key was throwing some fastballs in. If you don't do that, these guys will start hanging over the plate."
Nolasco, who pitched eight scoreless innings in each of his two previous starts, hasn't lost a game since July 14. Acquired in July from the
Left-hander Paco Rodriguez served up a home run to pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge that cut the Dodgers' lead to 4-3, but a ninth-inning error by the Rockies blew the game open.
With the bases loaded, substitute left fielder