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Dodgers batter Rockies bullpen for eight runs in the seventh inning of a 12-4 win

Dodgers batter Rockies bullpen for eight runs in the seventh inning of a 12-4 win

DENVER –  The Dodgers scored eight runs in the seventh inning Saturday, thoroughly breaking open a tie game and handing the Colorado Rockies a 12-4 defeat.

The eight-run inning was the Dodgers’ biggest scoring burst since another eight-run inning on August 16, 2016 in Philadelphia.

The win was the Dodgers’ 12th in their past 16 games. If the Arizona Diamondbacks win Saturday night, they would take over first place in the National League West with the Dodgers 2 1/2 games out. It is the closest the Dodgers have been to first place in the division since April 2.

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Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler got treated to a familiar Coors Field welcome in the first two innings. He gave up seven hits and walked one, faced nine hitters in the second inning and was touched for four runs.

To his credit, he took the blows and bounced back, surviving through five innings and allowing only one more hit. After striking out 48 in 41 innings over his first seven starts, Buehler managed just two strikeouts in the thin air of Colorado.

The Dodgers eventually matched that four-run second inning by the Rockies. They scored twice in the top of the second then got solo home runs in the fourth and sixth innings by Joc Pederson.

Pederson hit 51 home runs in his first two full seasons in the big leagues then regressed so badly offensively and defensively last year that he wound up back in Triple-A.

He has rebounded this season – but has not hit for the power that made him a valuable player those first two years. Pederson had just one home run before hitting two in a four-hit game Saturday.

The game didn’t stay tied for long. The Dodgers sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh inning and collected six hits and three walks against three Rockies relievers. Matt Kemp had a two-run home run, Chris Taylor a two-run triple and Breyvic Valera a two-run single. Another run scored on a wild pitch.

But before all that gluttony, the Dodgers’ first run of the inning scored when Yasmani Grandal hustled down the line to beat out a double play, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

Over the first two games of this series, the Dodgers have scored 23 runs. Fourteen of them have come in seven innings against the Rockies bullpen.

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