Taylor, Puig homers lift Dodgers over Rockies 5-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Getting dropped lower in the batting order seems to be helping Chris Taylor, and in turn, benefiting the Dodgers.

Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying Los Angeles past the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.

''The last couple games I've not been performing the way I want,'' said Taylor, who has relinquished his leadoff spot to Max Muncy. ''It felt good to contribute and help the team win a game.''

The victory snapped the Dodgers' five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14 overall.

''We know we're a good team,'' Taylor said. ''We're going to turn things around eventually.''

Matt Kemp continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. His RBI single with two outs in the first provided the Dodgers' first run. He fouled a pitch off his left knee in the eighth before striking out for the second time.

At 33, Kemp is in his second stint with the Dodgers and his .331 batting average leads the offense-starved defending NL champions.

''I feel really good right now,'' Kemp said. ''It's going to click for all of us and we're going to get this thing rolling. As bad as we've been playing, we're right there in the mix.''

Colorado had the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth against closer Kenley Jansen.

After retiring Ian Desmond, Jansen gave up a ground-rule double to Chris Iannetta, who went to third on pinch-hitter David Dahl's groundout to second. Jansen then struck out pinch-hitter Pat Valaika for his ninth save.

The Rockies took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on Desmond's single that scored Trevor Story, who walked, stole second and took third on a passed ball by catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Desmond went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

The Dodgers led 2-0 in the first before Colorado scored in the second and third to tie it 2-all. Desmond homered with two outs in the second and Nolan Arenado had an RBI single with two outs in the third.

J.T. Chargois (2-1) got the win in relief, allowing one hit and one run in one inning while striking out three.

Bryan Shaw (1-3) took the loss, giving up three hits and three runs, including both Dodgers homers, in one inning of relief.

''The first one was just very, very bad. That's the pitch that you throw that in your head you're like, `Please just don't hit it out of the park,''' Shaw said. ''The second was good, it was just a little more middle and that's right where his spot is.''

Dodgers starter Brock Stewart permitted two runs and five hits in four innings after being called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander was making his first start of the season for the Dodgers after three relief outings. Stewart struck out one and walked one while throwing 63 pitches, just under the limit imposed by manager Dave Roberts.

''Very meh outing, stuff-wise. I thought I battled enough to keep the team around,'' said Stewart, who doesn't know where he will pitch next. ''Every outing in the big leagues for me until I'm a mainstay is an audition.''

Rockies starter Chad Bettis allowed two runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three, including Puig with the bases loaded in the first to force in the Dodgers' second run. The right-hander's four wins this season have all come on the road.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) threw a 30-pitch bullpen and will continue to do so to keep his arm in shape. When he's not throwing, Hill's finger is left uncovered for the blister to heal. ... Clayton Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) will throw a bullpen Wednesday and a simulated game on Saturday with some of his teammates facing him.

KEMP'S DEFENSE

Kemp has been patrolling right and left field this season. He made a sparkling play on Story in the second, chasing down a fly ball and snagging it before falling in full stretch. ''My mom was giving me a hard time. She said when I was younger I would glide. Now I just stick,'' Kemp said. ''I looked at the Jumbotron to make sure I was gliding.''

UP NEXT

LHP Kyle Freeland (4-4, 3.17 ERA) starts for the Rockies in the series finale. He is 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 road games, including 18 starts, since debuting last season. RHP Kenta Maeda (3-3, 3.89) goes for the Dodgers. He has struck out 36 batters and walked five while limiting hitters to a .200 average in seven career games against Colorado.

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  • W: J. Chargois (2-1)L: B. Shaw (1-3)S: K. Jansen (9)
  • HR: COL - I. Desmond (8), LAD - Y. Puig (5), C. Taylor (6)
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G. Parra LF40200010.284.327.397.7241.5
N. Arenado 3B40110011.323.411.549.9591.5
T. Story SS31000102.240.327.492.8184.0
C. Gonzalez RF40000011.218.261.373.633-0.5
I. Desmond 1B41221000.180.233.377.6118.0
C. Iannetta C40100012.213.315.370.6851.5
D. Castro 2B20000111.150.171.250.4210.5
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c- P. Valaika PH10000011.125.192.181.373-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Castro in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Shaw in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Rusin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Muncy 1B40000030.240.356.507.862-1.5
J. Turner 3B41100000.276.323.379.7023.0
Y. Grandal C40000001.255.353.483.8360.0
M. Kemp LF41210020.331.368.517.8853.0
J. Pederson LF00000000.241.344.384.7270.0
C. Bellinger CF41100001.245.305.446.7513.0
C. Taylor SS31121100.242.322.432.7548.0
Y. Puig RF11121200.221.294.393.6889.0
L. Forsythe 2B30000004.182.239.288.5270.0
B. Stewart P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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E. Goeddel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Stewart in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Chargois in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Iannetta (5)
  • HR - I. Desmond (8)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (26), I. Desmond 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (5), I. Desmond (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (3), C. Bellinger (10)
  • HR - C. Taylor (6), Y. Puig (5)
  • RBI - M. Kemp (21), C. Taylor 2 (18), Y. Puig 2 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (6), Y. Puig (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Forsythe-Muncy)
  • E - J. Turner
  • PB - Y. Grandal (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis5.03223403.301.209.0
B. Shaw (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.03330025.921.56-8.0
M. Dunn1.00000107.301.783.5
C. Rusin1.00000106.431.483.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis5.0
B. Shaw (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.0
M. Dunn1.0
C. Rusin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Stewart4.05221113.721.454.5
E. Goeddel1.00000000.901.203.0
J. Chargois (W, 2-1)1.01111304.761.718.5
T. Cingrani (H, 8)1.00000106.611.223.5
J. Fields (H, 5)1.00000101.990.933.5
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.01000103.051.119.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Stewart4.0
E. Goeddel1.0
J. Chargois (W, 2-1)1.0
T. Cingrani (H, 8)1.0
J. Fields (H, 5)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 89-53, B. Shaw 19-12, M. Dunn 10-8, C. Rusin 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 6-5, B. Shaw 2-1, M. Dunn 1-1, C. Rusin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 21, B. Shaw 6, M. Dunn 3, C. Rusin 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Stewart
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Stewart 63-40, E. Goeddel 11-7, J. Chargois 21-14, T. Cingrani 13-8, J. Fields 12-8, K. Jansen 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Stewart 4-7, E. Goeddel 2-1, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Stewart 18, E. Goeddel 3, J. Chargois 5, T. Cingrani 3, J. Fields 3, K. Jansen 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF41100000.262.364.512.8762.0
G. Parra LF40200010.284.327.397.7241.5
N. Arenado 3B40110011.323.411.549.9591.5
T. Story SS31000102.240.327.492.8184.0
C. Gonzalez RF40000011.218.261.373.633-0.5
I. Desmond 1B41221000.180.233.377.6118.0
C. Iannetta C40100012.213.315.370.6851.5
D. Castro 2B20000111.150.171.250.4210.5
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C. Bettis P20000012.130.130.130.261-0.5
B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Cuevas PH10000000.294.345.353.6980.0
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Rusin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- P. Valaika PH10000011.125.192.181.373-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Castro in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Shaw in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Rusin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Muncy 1B40000030.240.356.507.862-1.5
J. Turner 3B41100000.276.323.379.7023.0
Y. Grandal C40000001.255.353.483.8360.0
M. Kemp LF41210020.331.368.517.8853.0
J. Pederson LF00000000.241.344.384.7270.0
C. Bellinger CF41100001.245.305.446.7513.0
C. Taylor SS31121100.242.322.432.7548.0
Y. Puig RF11121200.221.294.393.6889.0
L. Forsythe 2B30000004.182.239.288.5270.0
B. Stewart P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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b- E. Hernandez PH10000000.208.295.425.7200.0
T. Cingrani P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Fields P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Stewart in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Chargois in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Iannetta (5)
  • HR - I. Desmond (8)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (26), I. Desmond 2 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado (5), I. Desmond (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (3), C. Bellinger (10)
  • HR - C. Taylor (6), Y. Puig (5)
  • RBI - M. Kemp (21), C. Taylor 2 (18), Y. Puig 2 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Kemp (6), Y. Puig (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Story (8)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Turner-Forsythe-Muncy)
  • E - J. Turner
  • PB - Y. Grandal (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis5.03223403.301.209.0
B. Shaw (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.03330025.921.56-8.0
M. Dunn1.00000107.301.783.5
C. Rusin1.00000106.431.483.5
Total8.0655362---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis5.0
B. Shaw (L, 1-3) (BS, 3)1.0
M. Dunn1.0
C. Rusin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Stewart4.05221113.721.454.5
E. Goeddel1.00000000.901.203.0
J. Chargois (W, 2-1)1.01111304.761.718.5
T. Cingrani (H, 8)1.00000106.611.223.5
J. Fields (H, 5)1.00000101.990.933.5
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.01000103.051.119.5
Total9.0733271---
PITCHERSIP
B. Stewart4.0
E. Goeddel1.0
J. Chargois (W, 2-1)1.0
T. Cingrani (H, 8)1.0
J. Fields (H, 5)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 89-53, B. Shaw 19-12, M. Dunn 10-8, C. Rusin 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 6-5, B. Shaw 2-1, M. Dunn 1-1, C. Rusin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 21, B. Shaw 6, M. Dunn 3, C. Rusin 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Stewart
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Stewart 63-40, E. Goeddel 11-7, J. Chargois 21-14, T. Cingrani 13-8, J. Fields 12-8, K. Jansen 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Stewart 4-7, E. Goeddel 2-1, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Stewart 18, E. Goeddel 3, J. Chargois 5, T. Cingrani 3, J. Fields 3, K. Jansen 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Puig homered to left35
    Taylor homered to left center, Bellinger scored34
    Desmond singled to right, Story scored32
  • 3RD INNING
    Arenado singled to left, Blackmon scored, Parra to second22
  • 2ND INNING
    Desmond homered to left12
  • 1ST INNING
    Puig walked, Kemp scored, Bellinger to third, Taylor to second02
    Kemp singled to left center, Turner scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Joc Pederson in left
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Josh Fields
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Desmond lined out to shortstop
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta doubled to deep right center
    • David Dahl hit for Daniel Castro
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dahl grounded out to second, Iannetta to third
    • Pat Valaika hit for Chris Rusin
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Fields relieved Tony Cingrani
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Ball, Story fouled out to first
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Rusin relieved Mike Dunn
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger flied out to left
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Cingrani pitching
    • Noel Cuevas hit for Bryan Shaw
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuevas flied out to right
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon flied out to left
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner lined out to center
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grandal grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • JT Chargois relieved Erik Goeddel
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Story stole second, Ball, Story to third on passed ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond singled to right, Story scored
    • C. Iannetta: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • D. Castro: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Chad Bettis
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Kemp singled to right center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger reached on fielder's choice to second, Kemp out at second
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Taylor homered to left center, Bellinger scored
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig homered to left
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe grounded out to second
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for JT Chargois
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Erik Goeddel pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon flied out to right
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Muncy lined out to center
    • J. Turner: Turner flied out to center
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Grandal popped out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Stewart Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond safe at first on 3rd baseman Turner fielding error, Desmond to second
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Iannetta popped out to shortstop
    • D. Castro: Castro intentionally walked
    • C. Bettis: Bettis lined out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puig walked
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe flied out to right
    • Chase Utley hit for Brock Stewart
    • C. Utley: Utley grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Stewart Pitching:
    • D. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castro lined out to third
    • C. Bettis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon singled to right
    • G. Parra: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Parra singled to left, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Arenado singled to left, Blackmon scored, Parra to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Story flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Grandal grounded out to first
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Stewart Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Story lined out to left
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond homered to left
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Stewart Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Blackmon lined out to second
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Parra reached on an infield single to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded into double play third to second to first, Parra out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner doubled to deep left
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Ball, Grandal grounded out to first, Turner to third
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp singled to left center, Turner scored
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger doubled to deep right, Kemp to third
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor walked
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig walked, Kemp scored, Bellinger to third, Taylor to second
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Forsythe flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)