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L.A. Dodgers (6-6) «000060000691
Colorado (7-6)100000000150

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Even though it's still spring training, Matt Kemp was still happy to get a couple of hits.

Kemp ended a 0-for-11 run to begin the Cactus League with his first two hits of the spring and Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits in five innings and added an RBI single and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 Sunday.

Kemp singled in the first inning, walked in the fourth and added an RBI single to score Dee Gordon during a six-run fifth inning.

Juan Uribe followed Kemp with a three-run homer to cap the inning.

"(My swing is) not where it needs to be, but it was better," Kemp said while watching the USA-Canada World Baseball Classic game at nearby Chase Field on TV.

"My rhythm just felt better, taking pitches and getting in a groove. It takes time every spring. I'm not going to panic. If people go by spring training. ... I don't think I'm fighting for a job now. It's more about a good feeling at the plate more than hits."

Kemp said sunny skies after two days of rain and cold and the crowd helped.

"You don't get adrenaline like you would at Dodger Stadium with three or four thousand people compared to 56,000 people. There's a lot empty seats (early in spring)," Kemp said. "Today there were a lot of people here, it felt more like a real game."

Kershaw, who had allowed eight earned runs in eight innings in three starts, turned things up a notch as well. He allowed a leadoff single to Dexter Fowler and a single to Henry Wrigley in the second, but breezed through his five innings. He walked three and struck out two.

"It was better. Still not throwing a lot of breaking balls for strikes, but my fastball was coming out better," said Kershaw, coming off a 14-win season.

"I got behind in some counts and they weren't getting good swings on the fastballs. I still walked three guys so there are things to work on."

Colorado starter Jeff Francis blanked the Dodgers through four innings to extend his spring scoreless streak to 13 innings.

But he ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing singles to Alex Castellanos and Alfredo Amezaga before Kershaw and Skip Schumaker followed with RBI singles.

Francis reached the 70-pitch mark and manager Walt Weiss said he is in contention for Colorado's opening day starter.

"The first four innings I was really happy," Francis said. "In the fifth, I don't know if it was getting tired or having traffic on bases, but I just started missing by quite a bit. The next time I get to that point, I'll be better conditioned to do it."

Notes: Rockies catcher Charlie Blackmon is back with the team after an infection in his right knee that he had March 1 required a hospital stay. Blackmon, who cut the leg while sliding, won't be cleared for baseball activities until later in the week. ... Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, who wasn't available for a second straight game with some slight swelling in the right knee that he had surgery on in November, will be back in the lineup Monday against the Chicago White Sox. ... Dodgers non-roster pitcher Matt Palmer will undergo surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus tear in his left knee on Tuesday. Palmer, who hurt the knee on Saturday while walking after playing catch, will miss six to eight weeks.

 
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Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, SS3100001 .235
    Justin Sellers, SS2000000 .214
Skip Schumaker, 2B3111000 .250
    Omar Luna, 2B1000000 .313
Matt Kemp, CF2121100 .154
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF1010000 .214
Juan Uribe, 1B3113012 .200
    Scott Van Slyke, 1B1000011 .200
Elian Herrera, 3B3010010 .360
    Brian Barden, 3B1000000 .524
A.J. Ellis, C2000111 .333
    Ramon Castro, C1000000 .300
Alex Castellanos, RF3110001 .261
    Yasiel Puig, RF1000000 .414
Alfredo Amezaga, LF2110101 .292
    Jeremy Moore, LF1000010 .364
Clayton Kershaw, P2011010 .500
   a- Wilkin Castillo, PH1000000 .429
    Mark Lowe, P0000000 .000
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Corey Seager, PH1000000 .000
    Juan Abreu, P0000000 .000
Totals3469636  
a-grounded out for Kershaw in the 6th
b-flied out for Moylan in the 9th
Batting
HR - Juan Uribe (1, Frazier)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (3), Matt Kemp (1), Juan Uribe 3 (3), Clayton Kershaw (1)
PK - Alfredo Amezaga (1, Rosenbaum)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
DP - Herrera-Schumaker-Uribe, Uribe-Gordon
E - Elian Herrera (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,2-2) 5210320 5.54
Mark Lowe (H,2) 1100000 7.20
Matt Guerrier (H,2) 1100000 4.50
Peter Moylan (H,3) 1100000 7.71
Juan Abreu 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 31-19, Mark Lowe 4-4, Matt Guerrier 4-4, Peter Moylan 3-3, Juan Abreu 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 9-2, Mark Lowe 1-2, Peter Moylan 2-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 18, Mark Lowe 4, Matt Guerrier 4, Peter Moylan 3, Juan Abreu 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF3110000 .353
    Tim Wheeler, CF1000000 .235
Josh Rutledge, 2B3000000 .273
    Jonathan Herrera, 2B1000000 .250
Michael Cuddyer, RF2010101 .217
    Kent Matthes, RF1000010 .211
Wilin Rosario, C3000002 .313
    Gustavo Molina, C1000000 .385
Chris Nelson, 3B2010100 .250
    Ryan Wheeler, 3B1000000 .176
DJ LeMahieu, SS3000012 .167
    Tommy Manzella, SS0000000 .091
Henry Wrigley, 1B3010001 .417
    Ben Paulsen, 1B0000000 .429
Kyle Parker, LF2000112 .077
    Joe Gardner, P0000000 .000
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
Jeff Francis, P1000000 .000
    Parker Frazier, P0000000 .000
   a- Charlie Culberson, PH1000001 .214
    Dan Rosenbaum, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Corey Dickerson, LF1010000 .364
Totals2915033  
a-grounded into a double play for Frazier in the 5th
Batting
PK - Wilin Rosario (1, Kershaw)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - LeMahieu-Rutledge-Wrigley
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,1-1) 4.1644220 2.70
Parker Frazier 0.2222021 43.20
Dan Rosenbaum 1000100 2.57
Matt Belisle 1100010 1.93
Joe Gardner 1000000 0.00
Edgmer Escalona 1000010 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 31-23, Parker Frazier 8-8, Dan Rosenbaum 7-2, Matt Belisle 6-6, Joe Gardner 3-3, Edgmer Escalona 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 4-6, Dan Rosenbaum 2-0, Matt Belisle 2-0, Joe Gardner 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 20, Parker Frazier 4, Dan Rosenbaum 3, Matt Belisle 4, Joe Gardner 3, Edgmer Escalona 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12287
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Clint Fagan