Kemp, Gonzalez homer in Dodgers' win over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2014 at 1:18 am •  Published: April 27, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Mattingly had enough confidence to keep Chris Withrow on the mound with one out in the eighth inning after he walked the bases loaded. It paid off against two of the toughest outs in the majors.

Withrow struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki to escape the jam and help preserve a 6-3 victory for Paul Maholm and the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

"Obviously, you don't like to see the bases loaded with those guys coming up," Maholm said. "But you've got confidence in Chris because with the stuff he has, he can strike out anybody and get out of anything he gets himself into."

Withrow, a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2007, relieved Maholm with a 5-2 lead and walked the bases loaded. But Gonzalez, who has hit 15 homers against the Dodgers since the start of the 2010 season, fanned on a 1-2 pitch and Tulowitzki whiffed on a 2-2 delivery.

"That's a perfect situation for me and Tulo to change the game, but it didn't happen tonight," Gonzalez said.

Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Matt Kemp also went deep in support of Maholm (1-2). The left-hander threw 84 pitches over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits in his fourth start with the defending NL West champions.

"Everything was working," Maholm said. "I was able to throw breaking balls for strikes. I fell behind some guys, but I was confident enough in my sinker to throw it behind in the count and get some groundballs. I felt way more in rhythm today than I have in any other outing."

Maholm, a veteran left-hander who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a free agent in February, had lost his previous seven decisions against the Rockies and was 1-8 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 career starts against them.

"I can't tell you I was the most confident person going to the mound, knowing my history against them," Maholm said. "But I haven't faced them in a few years, and I think I've changed as a pitcher since then. Besides, I wasn't pitching in Colorado, so you just go out there, try to get ahead and get groundballs."

Yasiel Puig added an insurance run in the ninth with a ground-rule double, and Kenley Jansen got three outs for his ninth save after Brian Wilson walked the first two batters in the ninth — one of whom scored on a bases-loaded groundout by Charlie Culberson.

Juan Nicasio (2-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings for Colorado.

The Dodgers grabbed a 3-1 lead with three runs in the third, capped by Kemp's towering drive to right field that barely cleared Brandon Barnes' outstretched glove as he made a leaping try. Kemp initially thought he was robbed of a homer — as did the crowd of 45,241 — until Barnes opened his empty glove. A relieved Kemp then continued his jog around the bases with a huge grin after his second homer in 52 at-bats since the pair he hit against San Francisco's Matt Cain on April 6 at Dodger Stadium.

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