LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dee Gordon lined a pitch from Tyler Matzek into the corner in left field that got past Charlie Blackmon, and then it was off to the races.
Gordon circled the bases on the play for the Los Angeles Dodgers' first run, and they went on to beat Colorado 6-1 on Monday night with a 15-hit barrage and snapped the Rockies' season-beat five-game winning streak.
Blackmon had trouble picking up the ball twice. First, he stumbled while bending down for it against the lower fence in foul ground and had to chase it back into fair territory — where he missed on his second attempt to grab it. By the time he relayed it back to the infield, it was way too late to get Gordon, who was credited with his major league-leading seventh triple.
"I thought it was an inside-the-park homer, to be honest, because I didn't think he touched it," said Gordon, who had four hits. "It just scooted away from him. But it is what it is and I'll be all right with what I got."
Matt Kemp singled home a run later that inning and doubled home another run on the sixth. He started in the cleanup spot for the fifth time this season, and the Dodgers have won every time. Regular cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez got the night off while Scott Van Slyke played first base.
"I think it's fun, for us to have a little hit party here and there and enjoy it.," Kemp said. "We've had a tough little stretch, but that happens in baseball. Hopefully we don't hit one of those again and we stay consistent and keep grinding it out."
Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3) allowed a run and three hits in six innings and struck out six in his 13th start. In his first 13 starts last season — his first in the major leagues — the left-hander was 8-5 with a 2.85 ERA. This was the ninth time this year that Ryu has allowed fewer than three earned runs, and he is 7-0 in those games.
"This guy's pretty impressive in the fact that he's seen those guys a bunch this year," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "They battled him really hard tonight. That was probably the hottest team in the National League right now coming in here, but he had command of all of his pitches and used both sides of the plate extremely well — especially to the left-handed hitters. It's a dangerous team, and he did a great job staying out of the middle of the plate."
Ellis, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig had RBI singles. Ryu and four relievers retired 16 of the final 17 Colorado batters after Wilin Rosario's two-out homer in the fourth.
Gordon, who leads the majors with 36 stolen bases, was thrown out for the sixth time — by Rosario in the first inning. The Rockies' 22-year-old catcher trimmed the Dodgers' lead to 2-1 in the fourth with his seventh homer, driving an 0-2 pitch into the pavilion in left field with two outs.
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