LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Wood pitched one-hit ball for eight innings on just 78 pitches and retired his last 19 batters, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
A.J. Ellis homered and rookie Corey Seager had an RBI single for the Dodgers, whose 17th victory in 22 games reduced their magic number for clinching the NL West title to 10 — pending the outcome of San Francisco’s home game against Cincinnati.
Wood (10-11) struck out five and walked none. Kyle Parker’s clean two-out single to right-center field in the second was the only hit against the 24-year-old left-hander, whose only complete game in 64 big league starts was on April 17, 2014, when he pitched eight innings in a 1-0 loss at Philadelphia while with the Atlanta Braves.
The game took just 2 hours, 8 minutes. Tuesday night’s game between the same teams took 5:23 and lasted 16 innings.
Wood lasted only 1 2-3 innings last Friday at Arizona after giving up six runs and eight hits. In his start before that, Wood threw seven innings of three-hit ball in a 2-0 win at San Diego. The last time he faced the Rockies, on June 12 with the Braves, he surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 32nd save in 34 chances, allowing a two-out single by Charlie Blackmon.
Jorge De La Rosa (9-7) went the distance, allowing six hits over eight innings with five strikeouts and a walk. It was his second complete game in 217 career starts.
Ellis, reduced to a backup role behind the plate this season after the acquisition of Yasmani Grandal from San Diego in the trade for Matt Kemp, opened the scoring in the second inning when he drove a 3-2 pitch into the pavilion in left field for his sixth home run.
Ellis came in 0 for 10 lifetime against De La Rosa, who was 4-0 with a 3.07 ERA in his previous five starts against the Dodgers since July 5 of last season.
Seager increased the margin to 2-0 in the sixth with an RBI single that scored Austin Barnes, who began the inning with a double. Barnes, a catcher by trade, started at second base and batted in the leadoff spot in manager Don Mattingly’s patchwork lineup.
Seager, right fielder Chris Heisey and left fielder Justin Ruggiano all were back in the Dodgers’ lineup after playing all 16 innings of Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Justin Turner, who also played the entire game, were rested in the series finale.
Second baseman Chase Utley started at first base for the first time since Aug. 10 with the Phillies. Rookie Alex Guerrero started at third in Turner’s place and dropped a foul pop that prolonged Ben Paulsen’s at-bat in the second after a two-out single by Kyle Parker. But Paulsen was retired on a comebacker.
Utley and Gonzalez were back in their usual defensive spots for the last two innings.
Rockies: Slugging RF Carlos Gonzalez did not start, after going 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in Tuesday night’s marathon and fouling a pitch hard off his right foot in the 16th inning. He pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out for the final out.
Dodgers: SS Jimmy Rollins was still feeling residual pain in his right index finger during a workout and Mattingly said it would be several days before he could get back in the lineup. He has been relegated to pinch-running duty on three occasions since he sustained the injury on Sept.6. “The hitting didn’t bother him at all, and we think he’s going to be able to pinch-hit,” Mattingly said.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (7-5) gets the assignment Friday night against San Diego in the opener of the season’s final homestand, a 10-game stretch that concludes with three games against the Dodgers. Bettis is coming off a 4-2 win at Seattle in which he allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings.
Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (17-3) will lock horns with Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke on Friday night in the opener of a three-game set with Pittsburgh at Chavez Ravine. Greinke leads the majors with a 1.61 ERA and .190 opponents’ batting average, and is 12-1 in his last 14 starts.
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