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Dodgers edge Rockies, move into first place

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DENVER -- Zack Greinke challenged baseball's hottest hitter. The Los Angeles right-hander won the battle with Troy Tulowitzki and the Dodgers went on to win the game.

Greinke pitched eight solid innings, Juan Uribe hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday night.

Uribe finished with three of the Dodgers' six hits. Los Angeles moved into first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of San Francisco, which lost to St. Louis on Thursday.

''It feels good where we're at, and it's where we want to be,'' manager Don Mattingly said.

Greinke (11-4) got the win despite giving up the lead in the eighth inning. His teammates rallied in the ninth off reliever LaTroy Hawkins to help Greinke tie for the major league lead in victories.

''Anytime you can give up two runs at this park is special,'' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.

Kenley Jansen worked the bottom of the inning to get his NL best 26th save in 29 chances.

Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu had two hits apiece for the Rockies, who have lost four straight and 15 of 17 to move within a half-game of last place in the NL West.

It looked like Greinke might go the distance. He needed just 82 pitches through seven innings with Los Angeles was leading 2-1.

But the Rockies rallied in the eighth. Charlie Blackmon led off with a single and one out later Morneau tripled to right-center to tie the game 2-2. Tulowitzki, who entered the game hitting a major league-best .351, came to the plate with a chance to put Colorado ahead.

Mattingly came out to talk strategy, and walking Tulowitzki wasn't considered.

''We wanted to get after him,'' Mattingly said. ''Not to give in, pitch him tough.''

Greinke started with a 93 mph fastball for a strike, and after Tulowitzki looked at two balls he popped out to shallow left field.

''It wasn't really the plan. I was trying to get a soft grounder,'' Greinke said. ''It worked, but it wasn't how we drew it up.''

After an intentional walk to Corey Dickerson, Greinke struck out Nolan Arenado with a high fastball.

''It was a total ball. I got a little overly anxious,'' Arenado said. ''I knew he was coming around middle-in and I just over swung a little bit. Bad pitch to swing at.''

Greinke went eight innings for just the second time this season. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits, struck out eight and walked just two. It was the 37th straight game a Dodgers starter has walked two or fewer.

''We were joking it was going to be tough to [keep going] in Colorado and then having to intentionally walk someone,'' Greinke said. ''That would have been awful to lose it on an intentional walk.''

The Dodgers got the winning run in the top of the ninth. Matt Kemp worked a leadoff walk off Hawkins (2-2), went to second on Scott Van Slyke's groundout and scored when Uribe singled under the glove of second baseman LeMahieu.

''I didn't see it off the bat too well. By the time I saw it, I felt it was kind of by me,'' LeMahieu said. ''It's a play I feel like I still [should] make.''

Colorado lefty Franklin Morales was making his first start since allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings at Cleveland on May 31. He made eight relief appearances in June, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings. He was pressed into his 12th start after right-hander Jhoulys Chacin went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Morales worked five innings, allowing an RBI single to Gonzalez in the third and a sacrifice fly to A.J. Ellis in the fourth to make it 2-0.

He surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and struck out four.

The Rockies got one back in the fifth when LeMahieu reached second when Yasiel Puig misplayed his two-out single. LeMahieu scored on Josh Rutledge's pinch-hit double.

Notes

The Dodgers recalled INF Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned INF Carlos Triunfel to the Isotopes. ... Before the game, the Rockies activated Arenado from the 15-day DL and optioned LHP Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Colorado manager Walt Weiss said LHP Boone Logan could be activated from the 15-day DL ''in a day or two.'' ... The Dodgers will send LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.04) against Colorado RHP Jair Jurrjens, whom the Rockies acquired Wednesday from Cincinnati.

 
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Zack Greinke gets the win despite yielding the tying run in the eighth. LA's bats help him with a run in the ninth. (USATSI)
Zack Greinke gets the win despite yielding the tying run in the eighth. LA's bats help him with a run in the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Uribe
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Morneau
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4110000 .294
Yasiel Puig, RF4000010 .309
Hanley Ramirez, SS2000200 .269
   Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS0000000 .308
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4011011 .256
Matt Kemp, LF3100102 .263
Scott Van Slyke, CF4010010 .262
Juan Uribe, 3B4131001 .299
A.J. Ellis, C3001032 .216
Zack Greinke, P3000000 .147
   a-Andre Ethier, PH1000011 .252
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Totals3236337  
a-struck out for Greinke in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scott Van Slyke (7, Kahnle), Juan Uribe (12, Morales)
SF - A.J. Ellis (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (53), Juan Uribe (22), A.J. Ellis (5)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Greinke-Gonzalez, Greinke-Gonzalez-Gordon-H. Ramirez-Gonzalez
E - Yasiel Puig (1, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke (W,11-4) 8921280 2.66
Kenley Jansen (S,26) 1000010 3.79
IBB - Dickerson by Zack Greinke
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 107-73, Kenley Jansen 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-7, Kenley Jansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 33, Kenley Jansen 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF3110110 .296
Drew Stubbs, CF4010023 .291
Justin Morneau, 1B4021011 .318
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010003 .350
Corey Dickerson, LF3010102 .337
Nolan Arenado, 3B4000013 .299
Wilin Rosario, C4000020 .245
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4120020 .275
Franklin Morales, P1000000 .118
   a-Josh Rutledge, PH1011000 .304
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1000001 .259
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   c-Ryan Wheeler, PH1000000 .236
Totals3429229  
a-doubled for Morales in the 5th
b-grounded into a double play for Kahnle in the 7th
c-flied out for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Rutledge (6, Greinke)
3B - Justin Morneau (2, Greinke)
RBI - Justin Morneau (59), Josh Rutledge (10)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Rutledge (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Wilin Rosario (7)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Franklin Morales 5421240 5.51
Tommy Kahnle 2100010 2.33
Nick Masset 1000000 3.42
LaTroy Hawkins (L,2-2) 1111120 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 89-60, Tommy Kahnle 27-18, Nick Masset 8-5, LaTroy Hawkins 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 7-4, Tommy Kahnle 3-2, Nick Masset 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 21, Tommy Kahnle 7, Nick Masset 3, LaTroy Hawkins 5
Game Information
Attendance - 48533
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Pat Hoberg, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg