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Dodgers rally for 10th win in 11 games

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DENVER -- The Los Angeles Dodgers fell into an early three-run hole Wednesday, which is more of a petty annoyance to them, given how well they are playing.

Sure enough, they roared back to score in five of the final six innings and beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 for their 10th win in 11 games.

At 40-43, they are tied for second in the National League West with the Rockies (41-44), who have lost three straight games and six of their past eight. The Dodgers and Rockies are 2 1/2 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.

While winning the first two games of this series, the Dodgers have scored 18 runs on 31 hits, including six home runs. On Wednesday, Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo shot off Tyler Chatwood, who had not yielded a home run in his first 53 2/3 innings this season.

Rex Brothers allowed homers in the ninth to Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp. Brothers has given up three runs on three homers in his past two outings, after a string of 32 straight scoreless outings covering 30 innings.

Kemp and Ramirez have missed considerable time this season with injuries; but they are back, giving the Dodgers more offensive weapons than they had earlier in the season.

"Not only the weapons but the confidence, too," Dodgers manager Don Mattlingly said. "You're starting to see the confidence (that) we can score some runs. Having your guys in there is really what causes that confidence. But when you have that confidence, that's when you really start to be dangerous, because you never feel like you're really out of a game."

Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games and went 4-for-5 with a double, his seventh homer, three runs scored and one RBI. Ramirez, who has missed 52 games this year due to two stints on the disabled list, is hitting .500 (27-for-54) during the streak, with five doubles, six homers, 16 RBI and eight multi-hit games.

"He's just a beast," Mattingly said. "He seems to be on a mission this year."

Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig left the game on a double switch in the sixth with a bruised left hip. Precautionary X-rays were negative, and Puig was listed as day-to-day. He went 1-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly and one run scored.

He was injured making a catch at the wall in the fifth. While reaching high for a ball hit by Nolan Arenado, Puig stood on his right leg while his left leg, extended horizontally, whipped into one of the padded support columns on the wall.

Puig, whose hustle created the Dodgers' run in the first, should be able to play Thursday, Mattingly said.

Neither starting pitcher was effective. Chatwood gave up 11 hits and six runs (five earned) in five innings -- all season highs.

Los Angeles' Zack Greinke also lasted five innings and gave up five runs, six hits and a career-high seven walks. Mattingly had a reliever warming up in the second, when the Rockies batted around and scored three runs on DJ LeMahieu's two-run double and a bases-loaded walk, and again in the fourth before finally lifting Greinke.

"I feel like I did as good as I could do today. That's not very good. That's how bad it was," Greinke said. "I wasn't throwing it where I wanted. I had no off-speed. So it was a tough game. But we played well; we have been playing well."

Chatwood had allowed two or fewer runs in all but the first of his previous nine starts and lost for the first time since June 3 at Cincinnati when right triceps soreness forced him to leave after four innings. He was pleased not to walk anyone but not much else against the hot-hitting Dodgers.

"I left some mistakes over the plate," Chatwood said. "I think the biggest one was the curveball to Uribe that he hit out. That was the back-breaker. It's frustrating. But you can't do anything, just move on and get ready for your next start."

The Dodgers handed an 8-5 lead to hard-throwing Jose Dominguez, who made his second big league appearance in the seventh and retired one of the four batters he faced. He gave up two runs, the first scoring on a broken-bat ground-out by Todd Helton and the second on Arenado's opposite-field single.

Arenado singled home a run with one out in the ninth against closer Kenley Jensen, who earned his eighth save by getting Jonathan Herrera to fly out and pinch hitter Tyler Colvin to pop out.

"You get behind early in the year, you don't know if the game might be over, even if it's the third inning," Greinke said. "Where now, they had four runs in the second inning. I don't know if everyone was, but I was very confident if we kept them there that we'd come back and win the game. I didn't quite do what I needed to do the rest of the way, but obviously we scored more than four runs."

NOTES: Puig was named the National League Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for June. He is the first to win a Player of the Month Award in his first month in the big leagues since the award was instituted in 1958. ... Dodgers LF Carl Crawford (left hamstring strain) was scheduled to be the designated hitter Wednesday in his fourth rehab game at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Barring a setback, Crawford will join the Dodgers in San Francisco on Friday and be activated ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (right rib fracture) underwent a CT scan on Monday that showed he was healing well and had good calcium formation, trainer Keith Dugger said. He broke the rib June 13 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Since he went on the disabled list, the Rockies are 6-12. ... Rockies OF Tyler Colvin, who pinch-hit and made the final out of the game, has gone 9-for-56 (.161) with 15 strikeouts since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on June 8. He has two hits in his past 33 at-bats. ... The Rockies' Gonzalez is batting .294 and hit his 23rd homer, giving him 61 RBI. But he struck out twice, giving him 97 strikeouts, which ranks fourth in the National League.
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