Dodgers 8, Rockies 0

Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- The resurgent Los Angeles Dodgers climbed out of last place in the muddled National League West for the first time in nearly two months by pounding the Colorado Rockies 8-0 on Tuesday night.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched a four-hitter -- all singles -- for his third complete game and second shutout of the season. He lowered his ERA to a National League-leading 1.93 and allowed one runner to reach second base while striking out eight with no walks and throwing 79 of 108 pitches for strikes.
Michael Cuddyer, hitless in three at-bats, received a standing ovation when he came up with two out in the ninth. He flied to right to end both the game and his franchise-record 27-game hitting streak.
Phenom Yasiel Puig, who began his second month in the big leagues, went 3-for-5 with a double, his eighth home run and two runs scored. He also struck out twice. Puig has played 27 games and has had three or more hits in eight of them. He's hitting .443 (47-for-106).
The Rockies (41-43) were shut out at home for the first time since Sept. 29, a 3-0 loss also to Los Angeles.
The Dodgers have won nine of their past 10 games to improve to 39-43. They were 9 1/2 games behind on June 22, but on Tuesday they moved ahead of the San Francisco Giants into a tie for third and just three games behind, pending the outcome of Arizona's rain-delayed game at New York. The Dodgers had last been out of the NL West cellar on May 5.
Roy Oswalt, trying to revive his career at the age of 35, lost his third straight start for the Rockies. He gave up five runs and nine hits in five innings in his first start for Colorado at Coors Field, leaving him with a 7.88 ERA and 27 hits allowed in 16 innings.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the third, following Puig's leadoff double.
The Dodgers also scored twice in the second and once in the fourth. No. 8 hitter Juan Uribe singled home a run in each inning, and Matt Kemp's groundout in the second netted a run after Hanley Ramirez opened the inning with an opposite-field single and Andre Ethier also singled.
Puig led off the seventh with a homer off Adam Ottavino, reaching for a 1-2 slider and driving it over the wall in center. Mark Ellis' two-out single brought in a run in the eighth.
Colorado reliever Edgmer Escalona, who came off the disabled list hours earlier, gave up a run in the ninth.
NOTES: Rockies CF Dexter Fowler (right wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 26. Fowler was originally in the lineup but was scratched when his wrist bothered him while swinging in the batting cage. His roster spot was taken by Escalona, who had been on the DL due to right elbow inflammation. ... RHP Carlos Marmol was acquired by the Dodgers from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Matt Guerrier. Both relievers had been designated for assignment. The Dodgers also acquired an international signing bonus slot valued at $209,700. ... Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Dodgers LF Carl Crawford (left hamstring strain) was scheduled to play seven innings as the designated hitter Tuesday and Wednesday for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. ... Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said LHP Ted Lilly (neck strain), who was hit in the shin by a comebacker Sunday on a rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga, would have his next rehab start there pushed back a day until Saturday.

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