- Mark Saxon, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have hit their stride a bit earlier than usual.
How it happened: Clayton Kershaw had stretches of total dominance against a team he no-hit last June, but he also had some stretches where he struggled to put away hitters. Overall, it was a good bounce-back effort for the Dodgers’ ace, who struck out 12 batters and, despite allowing two home runs, gave up just one earned run. The two runs that scored on Charlie Blackmon's fifth-inning home run were unearned because of Adrian Gonzalez's error leading off the inning. The Dodgers hit some rockets off Colorado starter Kyle Kendrick, with Howie Kendrick doing the most damage with a long home run and an RBI double. The Dodgers are averaging 6.2 runs a game during their winning streak.
What it means: The Dodgers cooled off the hottest team in their division. Colorado had won all six of its road games before Friday.
Notable: It wasn’t just a one-week thing for Gonzalez, who has stayed hot through every series the Dodgers have played so far. Gonzalez pounded two RBI doubles off Kyle Kendrick and, in addition to his five home runs, has eight doubles already. Gonzalez is batting .550, and his 22 hits through the first 10 games are a new Dodgers record ... Kershaw's two-out double in the second inning was the first hit by a Dodgers pitcher this season ... Colorado manager Walt Weiss batted his pitcher in the eighth spot and DJ LeMahieu, who was batting .514 entering the game, in the 9-hole. It didn’t matter. Kershaw struck out those two all four times he faced them.
Up next: Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.69 ERA) has been the Dodgers' best starting pitcher so far. He’ll try to make his third strong start in a row out of the gate. Jordan Lyles (1-0, 2.25 ERA) pitches for Colorado in a game that begins at 6:10 p.m. PT.
Rapid reaction from the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday, the Dodgers' fifth straight win.