LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Rutledge began the season at Triple-A before the Colorado Rockies recalled him less than three weeks ago. The little-used second baseman came up big in a key situation on Sunday to help them win another series.
Rutledge hit a three-run homer to support Jorge De La Rosa's seven strong innings, and the Rockies beat the error-prone the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 in the rubber game of the three-game set.
Colorado was leading 3-1 in the sixth when Rutledge drove Hyun-Jin Ryu's 89th and final pitch into the left-field pavilion.
Rutledge's homer was the 16th of his career, and his first with more than one man on base since his grand slam on Sept. 16, 2012, at San Diego. He came into the game with one RBI in 18 at-bats.
"That was a big at-bat by Rut. Obviously, that changes the game there," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's not playing every day, but he's working hard and staying ready until he gets an opportunity."
Nolan Arenado had two hits and extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games — the longest active string in the majors. The Gold Glove third baseman also robbed Scott Van Slyke of extra bases, making a diving stop across the foul line behind third base and throwing him out.
"I told him that was one of the top three plays I've ever seen him make. And that's saying something, because we know there's a pretty good collection," Weiss said. "He's as good as I've seen, and he's changed several games this year with his defense."
The Rockies won their fourth straight series after beating San Diego, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
"We feel really good about it," right fielder Brandon Barnes said. "We don't take anything for granted and we keep battling every day."
De La Rosa (2-3) allowed a run and four hits. The left-hander has beaten the Dodgers in three straight starts after going 0-8 with a 7.32 ERA in his 10 previous career starts against them.
"I just tried to attack the hitters," De La Rosa said. "I know those guys and they know me, too. So I was just trying to make my pitches."
Ryu's two-out single in the second inning was Los Angeles' last hit until Matt Kemp doubled to right-center with two outs in the eighth against Adam Ottavino.
"That's De La. He's going to go out there and compete," Barnes said. "You can see it on his face when he pitches. He pitches with conviction and he wants to give us a chance to win."
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