A week ago, the Colorado Rockies beat Los Angeles for a rare Sunday victory. Since then, the Dodgers have been unbeatable.
The Dodgers look to complete a three-game home sweep of the Rockies with a season-high sixth straight victory Sunday.
With a 5-3 win over Los Angeles last weekend, Colorado (63-70) snapped a string of 17 consecutive Sunday losses dating to April 17.
While that victory was a long time coming for Colorado, it was the last time the Dodgers (62-69) suffered a defeat.
Los Angeles snapped the Rockies’ five-game winning streak with a 6-1 win Friday, then rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 7-6 in 11 innings Saturday. The Dodgers scored five times in the sixth to take the lead, then after Colorado scored twice the next inning, they tied it in the ninth on a James Loney(notes) homer and won it with a Matt Kemp(notes) solo shot.
“It’s definitely satisfying, but it would be more satisfying if we were in first place and in contention,” said Kemp, who recorded his 100th RBI one day after becoming the fastest Dodger to reach 30 homers and 30 stolen bases.
Los Angeles has averaged 7.4 runs during its five-game winning streak.
“We have a good team, we just haven’t played to that capability all year,” said Loney, who has batted .365 with six of his eight home runs this season and 14 RBIs in 17 games against the Rockies.
Kemp, 8 for 19 with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last four games, is hitting .348 with six homers and 19 RBIs versus Colorado.
While Loney is 6 for 20 against scheduled Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin(notes) (10-10, 3.49 ERA), Kemp is just 4 for 23 - albeit with two doubles and a home run. The two have faced the right-hander more than any other hitters.
Chacin has been very good while going 2-1 and allowing three runs - one earned - with 11 hits in 21 innings against the Dodgers this season. All those runs came over six innings of a 3-2 loss at Dodger Stadium on July 26.
He avoided a third consecutive loss Monday, allowing 11 hits but only one run in seven innings of a 9-5 win over Houston.
Los Angeles counters with rookie Nathan Eovaldi(notes) (1-1, 2.05), who makes his first appearance versus Colorado. The 21-year-old right-hander has been impressive while yielding just five runs in 22 innings during his first four major league starts.
He gave up a homer and four other hits in five innings Monday before the Dodgers rallied late in a 2-1 win at St. Louis.
Eovaldi will try to contain Troy Tulowitzki(notes) and Carlos Gonzalez(notes), who combined to go 6 for 10 and drive in all six runs Saturday for the Rockies. Tulowitzki, who homered twice, has six of his 28 home runs and 19 RBIs while batting .377 against the Dodgers this season.
Gonzalez has at least one RBI in a club-record 11 straight games, and is batting .393 (22 for 56) with eight homers and 26 RBIs during a 14-game hitting streak. He’s 25 for 56 (.446) with 13 RBIs in 14 games versus Los Angeles in 2011.