KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers scored three times in the bottom of the third inning with the help of a two-base error by first baseman Wilin Rosario. The mistake allowed Adrian Gonzalez to reach second base and Howie Kendrick to advance to third. Both scored on a double by Justin Turner, who was later driven in on a single by Andre Ethier. Like that, the Dodgers' lead increased to 4-0.
AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers abused Rockies starter Eddie Butler, chasing him after only 22/3 innings. Butler was charged with four runs (three earned) and six hits, including a first-inning home run by Jimmy Rollins, who had four hits. In the fifth inning, Rollins notched the 900th run batted in of his career when Clayton Kershaw scored on his single.
ON THE MOUND: Kershaw didn't give up any runs until the seventh inning, when Carlos Gonzalez scored on a single by DJ LeMahieu. Kershaw walked the next batter, pinch-hitter Mike McKenry, prompting his removal. He was replaced by left-hander Paco Rodriguez, who allowed the two inherited runners to score, as well as another, on Daniel Descalso's three-run double. The four-run inning reduced the Dodgers' lead to 6-4. Kenley Jansen, activated from the disabled list before the game, pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out all four men he faced, the first batter reaching on a passed ball.
EXTRA BASES: Sandy Koufax will be among the former Dodgers in attendance for the team's annual old-timers' game, to be played at Dodger Stadium before the game Saturday. Parking lot and stadium gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the old-timers' game is scheduled to start at 4. Other former players expected to be in attendance include Fernando Valenzuela, Maury Wills, Orel Hershiser, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Eric Karros, Rick Monday and Nomar Garciaparra. . . . To open a spot for Kenley Jansen on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned left-hander Daniel Coulombe to triple-A Oklahoma City. . . . Brandon Beachy, who is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, will throw to hitters for the first time Saturday. Beachy signed with the Dodgers in spring training and is guaranteed to earn $2.75 million. . . . Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the bottom of the third inning because of tightness in his left quadriceps.
UP NEXT: Zack Greinke (5-0, 1.52 ERA) will face the Rockies and Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.56) at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570, 1020.