Dodgers Steamroll Rockies, Inch Closer To NL West Division Title

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, Josh Reddick slugged a grand slam in the seventh and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 14-1 on Saturday night to move within a game of clinching their fourth consecutive NL West title.

Their fourth straight victory reduced the Dodgers’ magic number to one after San Francisco won at San Diego 9-6 in 10 innings.

Los Angeles is on the brink of becoming the first team to win four straight NL West titles. The last NL club to claim four division titles in a row was the Philadelphia Phillies, who won the NL East from 2007-11.

The Dodgers can wrap up the title Sunday in Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully’s final home game before he retires next weekend.

Kershaw (12-3) struck out six and walked none to improve to 8-1 at home. The left-hander has been solid since coming off the disabled list after a herniated disk last month.

Chad Bettis (13-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked four. The right-hander has been having one of his best seasons, with career highs in wins, starts (31) and innings (179 1/3), but he struggled from the second inning on and fell to 6-6 on the road.

The Dodgers led 4-0 in the second on Joc Pederson’s two-run single, a fielder’s choice groundout by Corey Seager and Justin Turner’s RBI single. Turner went 3 for 3, drove in two runs and drew two walks.

Los Angeles tacked on two runs in the fourth to make it 6-0. Pederson scored on left fielder Ryan Raburn’s error and Turner singled to drive in his second run.

Reddick added an RBI single in the sixth and Adrian Gonzalez had a two-run single in the seventh, extending the lead to 10-0. Reddick’s grand slam came with two outs in the seventh, making it 14-0.

Pat Valaika hit his first major league homer in the eighth off Jesse Chavez for Colorado’s run.


Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill was scratched from his Sunday start out of concern for a blister that forced him to miss a month earlier in the season and caused him to leave a perfect game after seven innings on Sept. 11. He’ll be replaced by RHP Brandon McCarthy. Hill will start either next Saturday or Sunday at San Francisco. … LHP Scott Kazmir is receiving treatment for rib and chest spasms that forced him out of Saturday night’s game after one inning. The team doesn’t know if or when he will make another start. … Kershaw will start either Friday or Saturday at San Francisco.


Known as a good hitter, Kershaw helped himself with a two-out RBI single in the fifth, extended the Dodgers’ lead to 7-0.


Rockies catcher Tony Wolters lost track of how many outs there were in the sixth. With Adrian Gonzalez at bat, Justin Turner took off for second base. Gonzalez struck out swinging, Wolters stood up and started walking off the field only to have Turner steal second with two outs. The Dodgers went on to score a run before the inning ended.


Some Dodgers fans brought radios to the game in a throwback salute to Scully, who credits the transistor as the “single greatest break” of his 67-year career. In 1958, when the Dodgers moved west and played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, fans toted radios to hear Scully describe the players and action that was too far away to see well in the vast stadium.


Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (5-6, 3.58 ERA) makes his seventh start on the road, where he is 0-4 with a 5.10 ERA. The rookie has beaten the Dodgers twice this season, but hasn’t won that second victory over them on Aug. 31.

Dodgers: McCarthy (2-2, 3.63) comes off a month-long stint on the disabled list with right hip stiffness.

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