Ever since Dodger Stadium was literally on fire, the Dodgers offense has been figuratively on fire.
The Dodgers banged out 11 more hits in a 7-1 victory over the Rockies on Monday, the day after scoring eight runs on 17 hits, and two nights after a small warehouse fire on the eighth level of the stadium had smoke making its way down to the playing field.
It's the Dodgers' second-biggest offensive output in consecutive games this year. The only better sequence was a 12-8-7 stretch of runs over a three-game series at Wrigley Field in late April.
"It's contagious hitting," right fielder Andre Ethier said. "Teams look over and see you can't pitch around guys. You can't be too careful. You have to attack everyone. It provides opportunities for everyone. Me and Matty (Kemp) know we have to bring it every day. When guys get hits around us, we know it's time to roll."
Most encouraging for the Dodgers, the primary contributors were some players whom they were counting on going into the season yet hadn't pitched in until recently.
Rafael Furcal, who was batting .125 before Saturday's game, turned in his third straight multi-hit game Monday and reached base three times.
Ethier was in a 2-for-31 slump going into Friday's game, which dropped his average from .362 to .311. Since then, he's gone 8-for-14 with two doubles and a home run.
He delivered a two-run single Monday with the bases loaded in the third, and another RBI single up the middle two innings later. With the bases loaded, the Dodgers were previously batting .122, scoring just 21 of the 165 total baserunners -- so that was welcome news.
"When you get that leadoff hitter on base in front of the 3 and 4 guys, it's a big help," Ethier said. "It's tough going up there hitting third or fourth and nobody on base, or two outs. With (Furcal) hitting and Jamey Carroll getting on base a lot, it takes the pressure off you."
James Loney homered Monday for the second time in four games, after going 45 games between home runs. That was part of a three-hit and three-RBI game for him. Loney is batting 32-for-99 (.323) in his last 31 games.
"I feel really good," Loney said. "Just trying to square the ball up more than not. Just having that confidence, knowing that you belong out there."
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