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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez homered and the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-3 before a crowd of 45,241 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

Dodgers starter Paul Maholm (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in seven innings for the Dodgers (14-11), who won for only the fourth time in their past six games at home. The victory also allowed Maholm to end a seven-game losing streak to the Rockies (13-12).

After reliever Brian Wilson walked catcher Wilin Rosario and Justin Morneau to open the ninth, closer Kenley Jansen retired three of the four batters he faced to register his ninth save.

Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. Nicasio (2-1) struck out four, walked two and hit a batter. He also gave up the home runs to Kemp and Gonzalez, who hit his club-leading eighth of the season.

Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for Los Angeles.

The Rockies threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out against reliever Chris Withrow. However, the hard-throwing right-hander struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki to end the inning.

Rockies second baseman Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the sixth.

Colorado scored first on an RBI single by Brandon Barnes that brought home DJ LeMahieu with two outs in the third.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly won a challenge later in the inning. Barnes initially was ruled safe at first after a pick-off attempt by Maholm. However, after a review, Barnes was called out when replays showed he stumbled back to the bag and was tagged out by Gonzalez.

Dee Gordon tripled to lead off the bottom of the third and scored on a groundout by Hanley Ramirez with one out to tie the score at 1. A sacrifice fly to center by Gonzalez scored Puig for a 2-1 Dodgers lead.

Kemp's solo home run to right just beyond the reach of Barnes made it 3-1.

Puig singled home catcher Drew Butera in the fourth for a 4-1 advantage.

The Rockies, though, got a break in the fifth when Kemp lost a fly ball by Rosario in the lights for a double. Justin Morneau followed with a single to center to score Rosario and cut the Dodgers' lead in half.

In the bottom of the inning, Gonzalez hit a solo shot to left to push the lead to 5-2. For Gonzalez, it was the 1,500th hit of his career.

NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez left Saturday night's game with a bruised thumb and did not return. He is listed as day to day. ... The two clubs ranked first and second in the National League in extra-base hits entering Saturday's game. Colorado had 85 compared with 81 for Los Angeles.
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