Michael Cuddyer hit a solo homer and drove in three runs to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Thursday night. Cuddyer remains scorching at the plate even after his streak came to an end on Tuesday. Carlos Gonzalez contributed an RBI double before leaving late in the game with an apparent injury. The Rockies had no update. Starter Jhoulys Chacin opened the Rockies' four-run third inning by dropping a bloop single into shallow right, and his teammates kept the damage coming with offensive fireworks fit for the Fourth of July in front of a sellout crowd of 48,794. Matt Kemp had a two-run homer, Adrian Gonzalez contributed four hits, including a solo homer in the ninth, and Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the last inning.
On the verge being swept at home by a NL West rival and a 10-game intra-division road trip on the horizon, the Rockies' 9-5 win over the Dodgers on Thursday night seemed like a much-needed breath of optimism for the struggling club.