DENVER (AP) – James Outman homered on the first swing of his first big league at bat and finished with three hits and three RBI’s as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Sunday to end July with 21 wins.
Freddie Freeman added three hits and an RBI and passed teammate Trea Turner for the MLB lead in hits. Tony Gonsolin (12-1) recovered from his first loss of the season as the Dodgers closed the month 21-5, tying the franchise record for most wins in July. They scored 147 runs in the month.
Outman became the eighth Dodgers player in franchise history—the fourth since moving to Los Angeles—to homer on his first appearance at the plate, joining Jose Offerman (1990), Garey Ingram (1994) and Keibert Ruiz (2020). ). Outman had 21 homeruns in 90 games this season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma before being promoted on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Outman, counting 1-1, homered to a 95 mph fastball by German Marquez (6-9) to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead after Cody Bellinger singled to open the third inning . The homer ended up in the Dodgers’ bullpen, making it easy to find the souvenir.
Outman singled and scored in the seventh inning, then doubled in a run to right-center in the eighth to make the Dodgers 7-3. Outman was the Dodgers’ seventh round in the 2018 draft.
Gonsolin gave up three runs – all in the third inning – and five hits while striking out six and walking one. He has conceded at least three earned points in each of his last three starts, having conceded two or fewer in his first fifteen times.
Brian Serven homered for Colorado to open up the three-run third off Gonsolin, and the Rockies loaded the bases without getting the ball out of the infield on a hit batter, a walk and a dribbler on the chalk along the third baseline. Grichuk lined a two-run single to the right for a 3-2 lead.
Grichuk had his third consecutive multi-hit game and was 7 for 16 in the four-game series.
The Dodgers scored two in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead, taking advantage of the Rockies’ sloppy defense. With a runner on first base and one out, second baseman Brendan Rodgers bobbled a possible inning-ending double play grounder before settling for an out initially. After a walk led to runners on the first and second run, Bellinger doubled in one run and scored the second when Grichuk misplayed the ball to the right.
THE HITS KEEP COMING
Freddie Freeman (128) and Trea Turner (127) are 1-2 in the major leagues in hits, Freeman overtook his teammate on Sunday with a three-hit game after Turner extended his hit streak to 18 with a single in the first inning. The two are looking to become the sixth pair of teammates to finish 1-2 in the league in live ball era hits.
Turner led the NL in hits in 2020 and 2021 and would become the second player in Major League history to lead the league in three consecutive seasons. Ichiro led the majors in five consecutive seasons with Seattle, 2006-2010.
mr. THE EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD OF RODGERS
Rodgers extended his home streak to 12 games on Sunday and was 9 for 16 in the four-game series against the Dodgers. Among the Major League second basemen, Rodgers was in the top two in four offensive categories – 100 hits (first), 23 doubles (tie for first), 154 total bases (second) and 49 RBI’s (tie for second).
RHP Chris Martin joined the Dodgers on Sunday, a day after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs for OF Zach McKinstry. Manager Dave Roberts defined Martin’s role as ‘enlightener’.
“Wherever we pass to take down some outs, that’s when he’s going to pitch,” said Roberts.
Martin was 1-0 this season with a 4.31 in 31 1/3 innings with the Cubs, striking out 40 and walking four. The Dodgers chose RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A Albuquerque to make way on the roster.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) missed his fourth game in a row on Sunday. A recent MRI was negative, but “there is still some sensation,” Roberts said. “We don’t have to push him.” Turner is due to play catch and run on Monday, and the earliest he can be back in the lineup is against San Francisco on Thursday, Roberts said. … IF/OR Chris Taylor (foot) is due to start rehabilitation on Monday. “I really can’t see it being less than seven games,” Roberts said. Taylor has not played since July 4. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game in San Francisco on Wednesday. He made three appearances this season, the last of which was on April 14.
Rockies: LF Kris Bryant (left foot pain) was removed in the top of the sixth inning. After scoring on a single in the third inning, Bryant walked into the clubhouse before returning to the field, only to be removed three innings later. … 1B CJ Cron had a day off. Cron, who was hit by a pitch to the left wrist in Arizona on July 8, is 3 for 36 with one homerun and two RBI’s since the All-Star break.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47 ERA) takes on RHP Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) in the opener of a four-game series in San Francisco. Heaney struckout four in four scoreless innings of a no-decision against Washington in his first appearance since being activated from the injured list on Wednesday. The Dodgers are 6-0 and 0-3 at home this season against the Giants.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-5. 4.90) takes on RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.38) in the first game of a four-game series in San Diego. Senzatela is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five-way starts this season, and the Rockies have lost all five. The Rockies are 8-3 against the Padres this season.
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