Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 6, Rockies 3
By Anthony Witrado
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Paul Maholm has been hit-and-miss for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, but he was a hit Saturday night as they beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 at Dodger Stadium.
Maholm pitched seven innings and allowed two runs.
It came on the heels of his Monday start against the Philadelphia Phillies, during which he gave up five runs, four earned, in five innings. During his start before that, on April 16 at the San Francisco Giants, he pitched six innings and gave up a run.
Maholm’s days as a starter could be numbered as ace Clayton Kershaw nears a return to the rotation, but there may be at least one more start to be made next week in Miami if Kershaw is not activated.
Maholm has also made three relief appearances this season, allowing one run over 2⅓ innings.
How it happened: Maholm got all the support he required for the win in the third inning when Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp had an RBI in three consecutive at-bats. Kemp’s came on a solo home run, his fourth of the season. Reliever Chris Withrow secured the lead by striking out Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki with the bases loaded in the eighth.
Hits: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly won the franchise’s first challenge in the third inning, when he asked for a review of a safe call at first base after it appeared Maholm picked off Brandon Barnes. The review took 46 seconds.
Misses: Ramirez was removed from the game before the fourth inning after bruising his right thumb while grounding out in the third. X-rays were negative, and the team said it has nothing to do with Ramirez’s thumb injury from a season ago.
Stat of the game: Gonzalez has homered in three consecutive games, and his latest, a solo shot in the fifth, was his 1,500th career hit.
Up next: The Dodgers finish the series against Colorado on Sunday afternoon, sending Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.12 ERA) to the mound. Ryu has given up two runs in his past three starts (20 innings). He will face Jorge De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38 ERA).