AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was three for four with two triples, three runs batted in and two runs scored. No Dodgers player had tripled twice in a game since Rafael Furcal on Sept. 28, 2010, also in Colorado. Like Gordon, Hanley Ramirez also showed signs of breaking out of a slump, as he was two for four with a couple of RBIs. The Dodgers scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to build a 6-0 lead.
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu didn't give up a run until the bottom of the sixth inning, when he served up a solo home run to Drew Stubbs and a run-scoring triple to Charlie Culberson. Ryu pitched six inning and was charged with two runs and eight hits. Brandon League, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief.
ROSTER MOVES: The Dodgers sent down shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to triple-A Albuquerque rather than have the $25-million Cuban prospect continue to sit on the bench. "We weren't doing him any favors," Manager Don Mattingly said. Arruebarrena's demotion led to the first-ever major league call-up for infielder Miguel Rojas. "Dream come true," said Rojas, who spent parts of nine seasons in the minor leagues. The defensive specialist said his first phone call was to his grandparents in his native Venezuela. Rojas made his debut on this night as a eighth-inning defensive replacement for Hanley Ramirez. Rojas made an error on the first ball hit to him.
ON THE MEND: Doctors have detected circulation and growth in the surgically reattached portion of Alex Guerrero's left ear, increasing the chances that the ear can be saved, according to agent Scott Boras. "It's looking like the surgery will be successful," said Boras, who represents Guerrero. Catcher Miguel Olivo, a teammate of Guerrero on the Dodgers' triple-A Albuquerque affiliate, bit off the top off the ear during an in-game argument on May 20. The Dodgers suspended Olivo the next day and released him the day after that.