Los Angeles at Colorado

Scoreboard
L.A. Dodgers (70-61) «00600004010121
Colorado (53-76)0000001708152

Dodgers hold on vs. Rockies

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

DENVER -- Hoping to come together in time for a big finish to the season, the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers relied on holdovers and newcomers alike to get back on a winning track.

Joe Blanton pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his first win with Los Angeles and A.J. Ellis hit his first career grand slam in a 10-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

More on Dodgers-Rockies
Related links
More MLB coverage

Hanley Ramirez, another mid-season acquisition by the Dodgers, also homered in his second straight game to help the Dodgers overcome the absence of slugging center fielder Matt Kemp and withstand a late rally that saw Colorado score seven runs in the eighth inning. Kemp, whose status was characterized as day to day, sat out with a bone bruise on his left knee and sore jaw suffered in a collision with the center field wall the night before while trying to chase down a fly ball.

"That's kind of our team now, but we're just getting to know each other," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's definitely a different feel. Hopefully, we can put this thing together quick and get that rhythm that we need to play. But really, it comes down to a matter of getting the pitching and scoring runs."

The Dodgers did both in snapping a three-game losing streak that came on the heels of last week's blockbuster deal with Boston in which they added such headliners as pitcher Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez, who had two hits, including a two-run single.

Blanton (9-12), who was 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in four previous starts since joining the Dodgers in an Aug. 3 trade with Philadelphia, struck out five and walked one in 7 1/3 innings. It was his first win since July 16 when he beat the Dodgers in one of his last starts for the Phillies.

"As a starter, sometimes it's not necessary to get the win, just making sure the team gets the win, but that hadn't happened either way in my last couple of starts," Blanton said. "I think the most important thing right now are the team wins, not the individual wins.

"And I think the good thing is that everybody that has come over and everybody that was here before, we have a common goal: We want to win and I think any time you have that, hopefully good things are going to happen, because everybody is thinking the right things out there."

Drew Pomeranz (1-8) lost his fifth consecutive decision since his lone win of the season July 6 against Washington. He allowed six runs on six hits, walked none and struck out four.

Pomeranz retired the first six batters he faced before running into trouble in the third, when the Dodgers sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs.

Juan Rivera and Ellis began the Dodgers' big inning with successive singles and advanced on Blanton's sacrifice. After Mark Ellis reached on first baseman Jordan Pacheco's fielding error that also allowed Rivera to score, Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single and Adrian Gonzalez, part of the latest wave of newcomers included in the Dodgers' blockbuster trade last week with the Boston Red Sox, chipped in with a two-run single.

Ramirez capped the burst with his 22nd homer of the season and eighth homer in 32 games with the Dodgers since coming to Los Angeles from Miami.

After Colorado got an RBI single from Tyler Colvin in the seventh for its first run, the Dodgers stretched their lead to 10-1, loading the bases against reliever Will Harris before A.J. Ellis connected for his 11th home run of the season.

"At the time, you're just glad to be adding on runs and giving yourself more of a cushion and hopefully rest some of the key guys in our bullpen," A. J. Ellis said. "Unfortunately, we needed those runs and I was just glad I could support and help out. It's a big win for us because it gets those good feelings back. We need to win as many as we can."

The Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in their half of the eighth.

"We know we can score runs, we find a way to put runs on the board," said the Rockies Carlos Gonzalez. "Just one bad inning with the grand slam. That was a great run, a great effort for the guys. We still got the series, so that's a good thing."

Blanton retired the first batter he faced and gave up successive singles to Pacheco and Ramon Hernandez before being relieved by Shawn Tolleson, who gave up three run-scoring singles and a walk before being lifted for Randy Choate.

Choate hit Tyler Colvin with a pitch, forcing in another run and bringing on reliever Ronald Belisario. The Rockies added three more runs in the inning on Josh Rutledge's fielder's choice, Carlos Gonzalez's RBI single and an error by center fielder Victorino.

Belisario got the final five outs for his first save since Sept. 29, 2010, which also was against Colorado.

"It's not exactly the way, when you're up to 10-1, that you want to win that game, but at the end of the day you walk out of here with a `W,' and you don't care how you got it," Mattingly said.

Notes

  • The Dodgers return to LA to open a homestand Thursday against the Diamondbacks, with LHP Clayton Kershaw (12-7) going against Arizona's Ian Kennedy (11-11).
  • The Rockies are off Thursday before hosting the San Diego Padres in a three-game set over the weekend.
  • The Dodgers placed LHP Scott Elbert on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation and recalled RHP Shawn Tolleson Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) and 1B Jason Giambi (viral illness) were scheduled to play Wednesday night for Triple-A Colorado Springs as part of their rehab assignments.
  • All 15 hits for the Rockies were singles.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez picks up the slack for the banged-up Matt Kemp by homering in his second straight game. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez picks up the slack for the banged-up Matt Kemp by homering in his second straight game. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ellis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Colorado

C. Nelson
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

Related Video

November 25, 2014
Jim Rome: Johnny finds Drama (2:54)
November 25, 2014
NFL Playoff Picture: Things to look for in Week 13
(5:21)
November 25, 2014
Eagles at Cowboys Preview
(2:44)
November 25, 2014
Patriots at Packers Preview
(3:32)
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mark Ellis, 2B5111001 .264
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Shane Victorino, CF5121011 .260
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5122011 .298
Hanley Ramirez, SS5112021 .256
Luis Cruz, 3B4100102 .291
Andre Ethier, RF4120110 .292
Juan Rivera, LF4220114 .243
A.J. Ellis, C4224011 .283
Joe Blanton, P3000011 .085
    Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Nick Punto, 2B0000000 .200
Totals3910121038  
Batting
2B - Juan Rivera (13, Pomeranz)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (22, Pomeranz), A.J. Ellis (11, Harris)
SH - Joe Blanton (5)
RBI - Mark Ellis (25), Shane Victorino (48), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (92), Hanley Ramirez 2 (82), A.J. Ellis 4 (41)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - L. Cruz-Gonzalez, Punto-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez
E - Shane Victorino (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton (W,9-12) 7.11033150 4.95
Shawn Tolleson0344100 4.94
Randy Choate0010000 2.76
Ronald Belisario (S,1) 1.2200000 2.75
HBP - Colvin (by Randy Choate)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 96-67, Shawn Tolleson 17-9, Randy Choate 6-3, Ronald Belisario 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 11-5, Ronald Belisario 4-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 32, Shawn Tolleson 4, Randy Choate 1, Ronald Belisario 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, CF-RF4022000 .292
Josh Rutledge, SS5121002 .350
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5021002 .309
Jordan Pacheco, 1B5110013 .306
Ramon Hernandez, C5110011 .212
Chris Nelson, 3B5131001 .279
DJ LeMahieu, 2B5121012 .297
Charlie Blackmon, RF3110001 .150
    William Harris, P0000000 .000
   a- Andrew Brown, PH0100100 .239
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
Drew Pomeranz, P1000010 .211
    Adam Ottavino, P1000010 .143
   b- Dexter Fowler, PH-CF1111100 .306
Totals40815725  
a-walked for Harris in the 8th
b-walked for Ottavino in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Tyler Colvin 2 (58), Josh Rutledge (27), Carlos Gonzalez (82), Chris Nelson (35), DJ LeMahieu (13), Dexter Fowler (45)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (18)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Dexter Fowler (5, Throwing), Jordan Pacheco (10, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Pomeranz (L,1-8) 4665041 5.13
Adam Ottavino 3200130 3.55
William Harris 1344211 8.31
Matt Belisle 1100000 3.21
WP - Drew Pomeranz (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 66-49, Adam Ottavino 38-22, William Harris 33-19, Matt Belisle 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 5-4, Adam Ottavino 2-4, William Harris 1-1, Matt Belisle 1-2
Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 19, Adam Ottavino 12, William Harris 8, Matt Belisle 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25155
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce