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The Associated Press

Behind star rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to surge.

Puig and the visiting Dodgers look for a fourth consecutive victory Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies, who hope Tyler Chatwood delivers another strong start versus their NL West rival.

Puig had three hits, including his eighth home run, and ace Clayton Kershaw tossed a four-hitter in Tuesday's 8-0 rout of Colorado. The Dodgers (39-43) have won nine of 10 to move out of last place in the West, one-half game ahead of struggling San Francisco.

Los Angeles is 16-11 since Puig made his career debut June 3. He's batting .443 with 17 RBIs in 27 contests, and 7 for 10 with two doubles, a triple and that homer in the last two.

"It's a tough lineup right now to get through," Kershaw said. "Puig's on another planet. You keep thinking he can't keep this up, not just singles, he's been hitting the ball really hard everywhere. I've been really, really impressed.''

Hanley Ramirez added two hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He's batting .469 during that stretch, and has hit .393 in his last 16 games versus Colorado (41-43).

Adrian Gonzalez hit his 11th home run for the Dodgers, who have recorded 14 hits in each of their last two games. The first baseman is batting .357 with two homers and nine RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak against the Rockies.

Los Angeles hopes to fare better against Chatwood (4-1, 2.13 ERA), who allowed five hits without a walk in six scoreless innings of a 12-2 win at Los Angeles on April 29 to improve to 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA against the Dodgers.

That start began a stretch of eight straight where the right-hander has yielded two or fewer runs. He's given up a run and four hits over six innings in each of his last two. He has not factored in the decision of either - both one-run losses where the Rockies totaled three runs.

"I really didn't have very good command (in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets)," Chatwood told the Rockies' official website. "So to be able to keep our team in the game like that, I was happy with it."

Los Angeles counters with Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.94), who has a 4.44 ERA in nine starts since he missed more than a month with a broken collarbone but is 4-2 over that stretch.

Though the right-hander is looking for a third straight win, he allowed four runs and 12 hits, including two homers, in seven innings of a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.

"Zack probably didn't have his best stuff, but he just competed,'' catcher A.J. Ellis said.

Greinke has a 3.18 ERA without a decision in two career starts at Coors Field. The most recent came June 1, when he allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-6, 10-inning defeat.

Colorado's Michael Cuddyer is 5 for his last 16 (.313) against Greinke, but had his franchise-record 27-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-4 performance Tuesday. Batting .339, Cuddyer also had his run of 46 straight games of reaching base safely end.

"You just enjoy the ride as long as you can," he said.

The Rockies have lost two straight and 13 of 19.