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Anderson, Dodgers rout Rockies 13-0 to open 12-game lead

DENVER (AP) Tyler Anderson and two relievers including infielder Hanser Alberto combined on a seven-hitter, and the LA Dodgers used another quick begin to rout the sloppy Colorado Rockies 13-0 on Thursday night.

Trea Turner had three hits for LA, including a three-run double. Gavin Lux also had three hits, and can Smith finished with two hits and three RBIs.

Each day after racing to a 6-0 first-inning lead against Washington while snapping a two-game skid, the MLB-leading Dodgers scored two runs in the initial and four in the next against Jos Urea (1-3). LA’s 10th win in 12 games extended its NL West result in a season-high 12 games over NORTH PARK.

Anderson (11-1) allowed four hits and struck out four against his former team, the only real club he’s got lost to the season. Concerning the only trouble the All-Star had in lowering his ERA to 2.61 was when plate umpire Andy Fletcher forced him to wipe a light-colored substance off the bill of his cap before he threw a pitch.

I wipe my hand with rosin and I’ll either wipe it on my pants or hat afterward, so there’s some residue, Anderson said. Folks have asked about any of it before, but it’s just rosin. He just thought to wipe it off. No big deal.

Jake Reed pitched the eighth and Alberto, making his third pitching appearance of the growing season, worked around two hits in the ninth in the opener of a four-game series. It had been Los Angeles’ seventh shutout of the growing season.

He works very fast and throws strikes, a smiling Lux said of Alberto.

Turner extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first-inning single. He advanced on Freddie Freeman‘s walk, stole third and scored on catcher Elias Daz’s throwing error.

First baseman Connor Joe‘s throwing error on a potential double-play grounder in the next extended the inning for Turner, who sent a bases-clearing liner down the left-field line to provide him 72 RBIs.

Urea’s wild pitch scored another run and he made a throwing error in LA’s five-run fourth. Turner singled in the big inning and made a nifty slide in the home in order to avoid the tag on Smith’s two-run single for his 59th run.

Because the middle of May, he’s really amplified his degree of play on both sides of the baseball, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Turner. He’s popular collector, wants to play. On the margins, he’s become a straight better player than he already was.

Smith added an RBI double and Cody Bellinger and Freeman each had two-run doubles for the Dodgers, who’ve beaten last-place Colorado five straight times following a 1-4 start.

Urea got nine outs and was charged with 10 runs seven earned and eight hits in the Rockies’ sixth loss in eight games.

Behind in the count. Very few first-pitch strikes Rockies manager Bud Black said. Battling 2-1, 3-1 counts a whole lot, and from this lineup that’s tough.

Catcher Brian Serven pitched a hitless ninth for Colorado.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner didn’t play, each day after his return from an abdominal injury. I needed to slow-play him back to the lineup, so we don’t give him consecutive days,” Roberts said. … Edwin Ros (hamstring) was hit by way of a pitch, walked and struck out while playing five innings at third for Triple-A Oklahoma City. … RHP Dustin May (elbow) allowed two hits and struck out six without walks in three scoreless innings for Oklahoma City. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Friday in LA to many hitters, including OF Chris Taylor (foot). … RHP Walker Buehler (elbow) has started playing catch.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela‘s left shin swelling had subsided each day after being hit by way of a comebacker. Senzatela played catch and said he should make his next start. … Joe returned following a three-game absence he said was because of back and neck stiffness. … LF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) doubled and made a sliding catch in his first game in the field since Sunday. That is something he’s got to control, Black said. But he feels very with the capacity of playing defense. … OF Charlie Blackmon was from the lineup to rest.

BARD’S FUTURE

Closer Daniel Bard confirmed there’s been informal discussion with Colorado in regards to a contract extension.

I simply know there has been some interest, Bard said.

The impending free agent has been mentioned as a trade candidate before Tuesday’s deadline.

UP NEXT

Rockies RHP Chad Kuhl (6-5, 4.48 ERA) faces LHP Julio Uras (9-6, 2.72 ERA) on Friday night.

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