Jul 2, 2016 1:26 AM
Norris fills in for Kershaw as Dodgers beat Rockies 5-0
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bud Norris pitched six strong innings in his Dodgers debut while filling in for the injured Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Friday night.
Acquired from Atlanta on Thursday, Norris (4-7) overpowered Colorado from the start, striking out seven of the first 14 hitters. The right-hander held the Rockies to a single and a double, and finished with eight strikeouts.
Colorado got a runner to second only twice against Norris. The closest the Rockies came to scoring against him may have been a fifth-inning fly ball hit by Brandon Barnes that Dodgers center fielder Trace Thompson caught at shoulder level against the wall to end the inning.
Adam Liberatore, Louis Coleman, Joe Blanton and Pedro Baez completed the shutout as the Dodgers won their third straight.
Jorge de la Rosa (5-5) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, and snapped a personal four-game winning streak.
Norris continued his recent string of successful outings. In his last five starts with the Braves, Norris went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA, striking out 29 in 29 1/3 innings.
Gonzalez's one-out RBI single in the fourth gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers scored in the seventh when, with runners on second and third, home plate umpire Will Little called a balk on de la Rosa.
Gonzalez had added another RBI single in the Dodgers' three-run eighth, with Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke driving in the other two runs.
Kershaw was officially placed on the DL before the game with mild disc herniation in his back, and was reported to be feeling "considerably better" after undergoing an epidural the previous day.
Dodgers SS Corey Seager and Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado brought the National League's two longest hitting streaks into the game. Seager extended his streak to 14 games with a single in the fourth inning, and also had a single in the eighth. Arenado had his streak end at 12, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Rockies: Neither 2B DJ LeMahieu nor SS Trevor Story — the Rockies' starting middle infield — were in the lineup, but were labeled available as pinch hitters by manager Walt Weiss. ... Rockies closer Jake McGee, out since June 10, could be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, according to Weiss. McGee converted 14 of 17 save opportunities before being sidelined with left knee inflammation.
Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy will make his 2016 debut for the Dodgers on Sunday, his first start in 14 months. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said McCarthy will be a "full go" against the Rockies. McCarthy last pitched in a major-league game on April 25, 2015. Five days later he underwent surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. ... OF Joc Pederson was also placed on the DL before the game, giving the Dodgers a major league-leading 19 players to be placed on the disabled list this season. ... Hyun-Jin Ryu was scheduled to make a rehab start Friday night for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He was 0-2 with a 4.57 ERA over his first seven rehab starts.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (6-5, 5.84) makes his seventh appearance — and fourth start — against the Dodgers, but has yet to earn a decision (0-0, 4.58) against them.
Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (6-3, 4.67) is unbeaten in his last nine starts, going 4-0 with a 4.03 ERA since May 14. He will be facing the Rockies for the third time in his career, and is 1-0 with 5.73 ERA vs. Colorado.