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LOS ANGELES -- Mark Ellis, like the rest of the Dodgers hitters, is feeling good at the plate.
Good enough to bat cleanup?
"We should probably drop Hanley [Ramirez] down a little bit," Ellis joked after driving in a season-high-tying four runs in Los Angeles' 6-1 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night, the Dodgers' fifth victory in a row.
"Guys are coming through in spots where maybe they weren't earlier in the season," said Ellis, who played in his 1,300th career game.
The Dodgers might have been excused for dragging their feet. They didn't arrive in Los Angeles until 4 a.m. after beating Arizona 7-5 in 14 innings. They skipped batting practice Thursday.
Instead, they moved above .500 for the first time since April 15. They are 16-3 since June 22, when they were a season-worst 12 games under .500.
"We're confident and we've got momentum," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's a good time to kind of keep it rolling knowing there are going to be days when it's not like this."
Chris Capuano pitched shutout ball for 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits. The left-hander (3-6) struck out a season-high eight and walked none to earn only his second victory at home and first since beating Miami 5-3 on May 12.
"Capuano made some good pitches. I mean, you look at some of our better hitters in our lineup, they didn't have great games, either," said Troy Tulowitzki, who was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his first game since June 13. "Capuano was on top of his game and did a great job keeping us off-balance. It was an ugly game."
Capuano made a slight mechanical adjustment between starts to keep the ball down instead of in a lateral position.
"It was pretty obvious the last two starts that I needed to make some sort of adjustment," Capuano said. "Tonight was the best I felt this season."
Drew Pomeranz (0-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings, struck out four and walked five in his third start of the season.
"Walks killed me. The fourth inning I was just missing in off the plate," he said. "They had some bleeder hits, some hits that found a hole or fell in or whatever, but if I'm not walking those guys, they're not going to score. So I hurt myself."
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig, who finished second in the fan voting Thursday for the final NL roster spot in next week's All-Star game, went 2 for 4 with a strikeout before being replaced in center field by Andre Ethier in the eighth.
Mattingly said Puig had tweaked his left hip in his previous at-bat, so he was removed for precautionary reasons.
"It had been bothering me since I ran into the wall in Colorado," Puig said through an interpreter.
He bruised the hip on July 3 making an outfield catch.
Asked if he was upset about being removed, Puig said, "The team won so why wouldn't I feel good?"
Ellis went 3 for 4 with a walk, the fourth time he has had three or more hits in a game this season.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the eighth when he singled off Wilton Lopez to make it 5-0. Ethier's sacrifice fly added another run.
Los Angeles had taken a 3-0 lead in the fourth on Ellis' two-run RBI single. Pomeranz gave up three consecutive walks to open the inning before Capuano struck out and Ellis singled to left.
Colorado's lone run came on a ninth-inning homer by
|In the second inning, Juan Uribe slides past Wilin Rosario to score the game's first run on Jerry Hairston's double. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|Josh Rutledge, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.212|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.307|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.341|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.332|
|Wilin Rosario, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.276|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.251|
|Nolan Arenado, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.253|
|Drew Pomeranz, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a-Jordan Pacheco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.237|
|DJ LeMahieu, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|a-grounded out for Pomeranz in the 5th|
|HR - Carlos Gonzalez (25, League)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (64)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Carlos Gonzalez 1|
|DP - Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton, Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton-Tulowitzki-Helton, Rutledge-Tulowitzki-Helton-Tulowitzki-Helton-LeMahieu-Rutledge-Helton|
|E - Troy Tulowitzki (2, Throwing)|
|Drew Pomeranz (L,0-3)||4||7||3||3||5||4||0||8.76|
|IBB - H. Ramirez by Drew Pomeranz, H. Ramirez by Josh Outman|
|Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 91-53, Manny Corpas 40-22, Wilton Lopez 15-11, Josh Outman 25-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 3-2, Manny Corpas 4-2, Wilton Lopez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 21, Manny Corpas 10, Wilton Lopez 4, Josh Outman 6|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||3||4||1||0||0||.261|
|Yasiel Puig, CF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.397|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.302|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||2||0||0||0||3||0||1||.402|
|Scott Van Slyke, RF||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.241|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||3||2||2||0||1||0||1||.279|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., LF||3||2||2||1||1||0||1||.272|
|Tim Federowicz, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.190|
|Chris Capuano, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.000|
|a-Carl Crawford, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.274|
|a-hit a bunt single for Belisario in the 8th|
|2B - Adrian Gonzalez (20, Corpas), Jerry Hairston Jr. (7, Pomeranz)|
|SF - Andre Ethier (2)|
|RBI - Mark Ellis 4 (26), Andre Ethier (28), Jerry Hairston Jr. (12)|
|SB - Juan Uribe (2, 2nd base off Pomeranz/Rosario)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Uribe-Ellis-Gonzalez|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Chris Capuano (W,3-6)||6.1||6||0||0||0||8||0||4.63|
|Ronald Belisario (H,9)||1.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.73|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 90-65, Ronald Belisario 11-8, Brandon League 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-6, Ronald Belisario 3-0, Brandon League 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 25, Ronald Belisario 4, Brandon League 4|
|Attendance - 52740|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Hal Gibson|