LOS ANGELES (AP)—Darren Dreifort certainly appeared to be on his game, striking out a career-high 12.
Yet he credited catcher David Ross for helping him Thursday in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies, the seventh straight win for Los Angeles.
“I really didn’t feel like that was my best stuff or I was feeling that great, but for whatever reason it worked. It kept them off-balance,” Dreifort said. “David Ross did a heck of a job calling the ballgame, and we got ahead of a lot of hitters.”
Brian Jordan went 3-for-3 with a tiebreaking single as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep. They are on their longest winning streak since taking nine straight from June 26 to July 4, 2001.
“We’ve been coming up with some clutch hits in the late innings, and pitching and defense has been outstanding over this last week,” Dreifort said. “As long as we keep everything going at the same time, I think we should keep rolling.”
Dreifort (4-3) won his third straight decision, giving up three runs, two hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out four in the second inning, when pitcher Aaron Cook reached on a wild pitch after fanning, and struck out the side swinging in the sixth.
“They’re playing good baseball,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “They’re pitching well, finding ways to capitalize on mistakes and putting together timely hits. That’s winning baseball. Hopefully, we can get home and start playing some winning baseball of our own.”
Pitching for the sixth time in seven days, Eric Gagne worked the ninth, striking out two, for his 18th save and 26th in a row dating to last season. He has saved the Dodgers’ last six victories.
“We’re still looking for some opportunity where one knockout punch gets applied every now and then,” Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said. “It would be nice to get that three-run homer and take the onus off our bullpen.”
The Rockies fell to 6-19 on the road, and have lost 15 of their last 17 games.
Colorado’s Mark Sweeney tied the game at 3-all with one out in the third with his second RBI double of the game—the Rockies’ last hit. Jordan put the Dodgers ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the inning with a RBI single.
“After playing three close games, I think we’re just a tad off,” Sweeney said. “We realize that we need to get on a roll and understand that winning is going to cure it. That’s what’s going to change this team around.”
The Dodgers scored three runs in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Adrian Beltre hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and shortstop Brent Butler’s throwing error while trying to complete a double play allowed the second run to score. Dreifort helped himself with a double that drove in David Ross with the third run.
The Rockies led 2-0 in the first on Sweeney’s RBI double that hit the left-field line and a fielder’s choice scored Larry Walker.
Cook (1-4) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
Dreifort became the third Dodgers pitcher to strike out four in one inning, the first since Don Drysdale on April 17, 1965. Pete Richert also did it in 1962. … The Dodgers are 8-3 in day games, winning six of their last seven. … The rare day game attracted 27,461. … Los Angeles begins a six-game road trip Friday at Milwaukee. … The Rockies were swept in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium for the third time. It also happened May21-23, 1993, and April 5-7 last year.