LOS ANGELES — AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson and Mookie Betts homered in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers shrugged off Kevin Pillar‘s dramatic grand slam moments earlier to claim their sixth straight victory, 10-6 over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Pillar put the Rockies ahead 6-5 in the eighth and set off a wild dugout celebration with his second career grand slam. That lead lasted six pitches against the relentless Dodgers, who have won 19 of 22 overall after pounding out five homers and a season-high 15 hits.
Cody Bellinger singled off Carlos Estevez (1-1) before Pollock drove his eighth homer to right-centre, and Pederson followed with his sixth homer. Betts then capped his three-hit game with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Jeff Hoffman.
Will Smith hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh for the major league-leading Dodgers (30-10). Max Muncy also homered, and Corey Seager drove in two runs in Los Angeles’ 11th consecutive win at Dodger Stadium.
The NL West rivals combined for eight homers in a game befitting higher altitudes.
Raimel Tapia and Sam Hilliard homered for the Rockies in the opener of a six-game Southern California road trip that could be key to their playoff hopes.
The Rockies nearly pulled out an impressive victory when they loaded the bases with just one hit against the NL’s best bullpen. Caleb Ferguson (2-0) gave up a grand slam to Pillar, the San Fernando Valley native who joined Colorado on Monday from Boston and promptly endeared himself to teammates and fans hoping the Rockies can snag a playoff spot.
Estevez hadn’t allowed a run on the road all season for the Rockies, but not many pitchers have been able to survive the Dodgers’ merciless lineup unscathed.
Rookie Dustin May pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning with five strikeouts in another strong start for the Dodgers, improving his case to be their No. 3 starter in the post-season. The 22-year-old allowed two homers for the first time in his career, but they were his only baserunners who got past first.
Antonio Senzatela allowed seven hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings of another solid start for Colorado.
Hilliard put Colorado ahead with his sixth homer in the fifth inning. Success in Chavez Ravine is no surprise for Hilliard, who has five homers in just nine career appearances here.
The game was delayed about five minutes in the bottom of the second when a Dodger Stadium security guard spotted a drone hovering high above the playing field. The umpires took both teams off the field until it flew away. At least four ballgames across the continent have been delayed by rogue drone flights this season, happening previously in Boston, Minneapolis and New York. Once play resumed, the Dodger Stadium organist played the theme from "The X-Files."
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray went on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He has struggled to a 6.69 ERA in eight starts. RHP Jose Mujica came up to fill Gray’s roster spot.
Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.51 ERA) makes his first start since the Dodgers officially put him in their rotation by trading Ross Stripling to Toronto. Colorado starter German Marquez (2-5, 4.88 ERA) is in a career-worst losing streak of four games.