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Gordon posts two triples as Dodgers defeat Rockies

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DENVER -- Dee Gordon got his team off to a quick start. The rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers followed his lead.

Gordon tripled twice among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Dodgers beat Colorado 7-2 on Friday night, handing the Rockies their eighth straight defeat.

The three RBIs were a career high for Gordon, who also stole his major league-leading 36th base while tying a career best for hits in a game.

"It was just fun getting on base," Gordon said. "That's it, getting on base, giving us a chance to win."

Gordon became the fifth major leaguer to have two triples in a game this season and the first Dodgers player to accomplish the feat since Rafael Furcal did it Sept. 28, 2010, also at Coors Field.

Hanley Ramirez had two hits and stole two bases, and Justin Turner also had two of Los Angeles' 12 hits.

"Our at-bats were good. Dee got us going early," manager Don Mattingly said. "This is a pretty good offensive field. It's good for everybody."

The Dodgers had lost six of eight but got healthy against the struggling Rockies. Hyun-Jin Ryu cruised through the first five innings before Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer with one out in the sixth.

Ryu (7-2) allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings in winning his fourth straight start.

"I could tell right away why a lot of pitchers don't like throwing here," Ryu said. "It was a difficult outing out there. All aspects of gripping the ball was tough today. I just tried to keep the ball low the entire game."

Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits each for the slumping Rockies, who lost again in starter Eddie Butler's major league debut.

Butler was impressive at times, touching 96 mph with his fastball and getting ahead of batters early by staying around the plate.

"Opposing hitters were firing early because he was around the zone," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's got the ability to be efficient and get quick outs."

Colorado had hoped Butler (0-1) could stop the slide, but he struggled right from the start. Gordon ripped Butler's second major league pitch down the right-field line for a leadoff triple and scored on a groundout by Ramirez.

Drew Butera's RBI double in the second made it 2-0. Butler then settled down until the fifth, when the Dodgers stretched the lead.

After Ryu led off with a double, Gordon tripled again and Ramirez singled to make it 4-0.

"It's easy when you have a guy like Dee who can get into scoring position," Ramirez said. "He's just trying to make it easy for us. I just want to win, I don't care about anything else."

Gordon made it 6-0 in the sixth with a two-run single off Butler, who left after issuing a one-out walk to Ramirez.

Butler, called up from Double-A Tulsa to take lefty Franklin Morales' spot in the rotation, allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings and learned how tough big league hitters are.

"You can't pitch over the middle of the plate. Obviously, Gordon got me pretty good today," Butler said. "I'll just pull different things out of it to learn from."

The Rockies didn't generate much against Ryu before the sixth. Their first two batters reached in the fourth but Ryu retired the next three to keep Colorado off the scoreboard.

Stubbs' fourth homer made it 6-1. Michael McKenry doubled and Charlie Culberson followed with a triple to make it 6-2.

Ryu got pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes to fly out to end the inning.

Yasiel Puig singled and scored in the ninth to extend his streak of reaching base to 37 consecutive games. That ties Toronto's Jose Bautista for the longest in the majors this season.

Notes

Tulowitzki was ejected in the ninth by plate umpire Dan Iassogna for arguing balls and strikes. ... The Dodgers selected the contract of infielder Miguel Rojas from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to the Isotopes. Rojas replaced Ramirez at shortstop in the eighth and made an error on his first chance. ... Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer was out of the lineup with a sore left shoulder.

 
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Dee Gordon records three hits, two of them triples, as the Dodgers hand the Rockies their 8th straight loss.  (USATSI)
Dee Gordon records three hits, two of them triples, as the Dodgers hand the Rockies their 8th straight loss. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

D. Gordon
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Colorado

D. Stubbs
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4233100 .287
Hanley Ramirez, SS4022101 .258
   Miguel Rojas, SS0000000 .000
Yasiel Puig, RF5110022 .336
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000104 .254
Matt Kemp, LF3011100 .239
Andre Ethier, CF5110013 .247
Justin Turner, 3B5120001 .258
Drew Butera, C3111101 .215
Hyun-Jin Ryu, P2110001 .130
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   a-Chone Figgins, PH1000000 .239
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
Totals36712753  
a-grounded out for League in the 8th
Batting
2B - Drew Butera (3, Butler), Hyun-Jin Ryu (1, Butler)
3B - Dee Gordon 2 (6, Butler)
SF - Matt Kemp (2)
SH - Hyun-Jin Ryu (4)
RBI - Dee Gordon 3 (18), Hanley Ramirez 2 (35), Matt Kemp (16), Drew Butera (11)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Butera (9)
SB - Dee Gordon (36, 2nd base off Butler/McKenry), Hanley Ramirez 2 (7, 2nd base off Butler/McKenry, 2nd base off Butler/McKenry), Yasiel Puig (6, 3rd base off Hawkins/McKenry)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gordon-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez
E - Miguel Rojas (1, Dropped line drive)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu (W,7-2) 6822221 3.08
Brandon League 1000120 2.03
Brian Wilson 1100020 6.10
Chris Perez 1000030 4.88
HBP - Blackmon (by Chris Perez)
Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 100-62, Brandon League 15-8, Brian Wilson 26-18, Chris Perez 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 8-7, Brandon League 1-0
Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 27, Brandon League 4, Brian Wilson 5, Chris Perez 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF4010020 .307
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4000112 .277
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5020022 .359
Justin Morneau, 1B5000014 .283
Drew Stubbs, CF4121010 .325
Corey Dickerson, LF3000120 .330
Michael McKenry, C3120102 .273
Charlie Culberson, 3B4021002 .203
Eddie Butler, P2000004 .000
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   a-Brandon Barnes, PH1000001 .299
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   b-Ryan Wheeler, PH1000002 .250
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals3629239  
a-flied out for Kahnle in the 6th
b-lined out for Masset in the 8th
Batting
2B - Drew Stubbs (8, Ryu), Michael McKenry (3, Ryu)
3B - Charlie Culberson (1, Ryu)
HR - Drew Stubbs (4, Ryu)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (13), Charlie Culberson (7)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Culberson (4)
SB - Charlie Blackmon (12, 2nd base off Perez/Butera)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Drew Stubbs 1
E - Michael McKenry (3, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eddie Butler (L,0-1) 5.11066320 10.13
Tommy Kahnle 0.2000000 1.97
Matt Belisle 1100010 5.25
Nick Masset 1000100 3.77
LaTroy Hawkins 1110100 3.43
Pitches-Strikes - Eddie Butler 87-53, Tommy Kahnle 5-3, Matt Belisle 8-6, Nick Masset 17-9, LaTroy Hawkins 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eddie Butler 9-5, Tommy Kahnle 1-1, Nick Masset 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Eddie Butler 29, Tommy Kahnle 2, Matt Belisle 3, Nick Masset 4, LaTroy Hawkins 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39203
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Dale Scott