Grichuk, Diaz homer, Rockies rough up Kershaw, Dodgers 7-4

Jun 28, 2022, 8:45 AM | Updated: 9:43 pm

Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon runs to first on a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during...

Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon runs to first on a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

              Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freehand (21) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
              Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, right, high-fives manager Bud Black after the team's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
              Colorado Rockies' Elias Diaz (35) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
              Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a Colorado Rockies batter during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
              Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon runs to first on a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER (AP) — Randall Grichuk and Elias Diaz homered and the Colorado Rockies continued their Coors Field mastery of Clayton Kershaw with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

The Rockies roughed up Kershaw for six runs and nine hits in four innings, his shortest outing in Colorado since he gave up five runs in three innings in his first career start there on July 22, 2008.

“I thought we did a good job of recognizing balls and strikes — being ready to hit but laying off the borderline pitches,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “Aggressive on strikes, taking balls. That’s a good approach.”

Charlie Blackmon had four hits and scored twice and Brandon Rodgers had two hits and two RBIs as the Rockies clinched their second series victory over the Dodgers this season, the first time they have won consecutive home series against the Dodgers since 2016.

“I thought we did a good job from a team offense perspective,” said Blackmon, who is 21 for 69 against Kershaw since their first meetings in 2011. “We worked some walks. For the most part laid off some of his really good pitches to get ourselves into better counts.

“He throws a lot of strikes. He’s aggressive. He’s really good. He’s struck me out a lot. Sometimes it goes the other way.”

Kershaw (5-2) struck out four and walked four after issuing only seven walks in his previous eight starts this season. He is 11-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 25 career starts at Coors Field, his highest ERA at any venue.

“I’m going to go with, just not overthink it and just say I sucked today,” Kershaw said. “Thankfully, they’ll let me do it again in five days. But not a lot of positives today for sure.

“I don’t really think about Coors Field. I don’t think I would have pitched well anywhere today.”

Hanser Alberto, Max Muncy and Trea Turner hit bases-empty homers for the Dodgers, who had won five of six entering the series.

Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland (4-5) gave up six hits and three runs in six innings, with five strikeouts and three walks, the fourth quality start in his last five.

“The offense was doing their thing, kind of allowing me to find my groove and get to it,” Freeland said.

“You can’t take Kershaw lightly. He’s a Hall of Fame pitcher. He’s a guy you have to get on early and take his confidence and take wind out of his sails, and our offense did a really good job of that tonight.”

Freddie Freeman had two hits, and he singled, stole second and scored on Justin Turner’s single for a quick 1-0 lead in the first. Alberto’s second homer of the season made it 2-1 in the second inning.

Grichuk’s homer started a three-run rally in the Rockies’ second that included two walks, Blackmon’s RBI single and Rodgers’ two-out, RBI single with the bases loaded that short-hopped Kershaw’s right foot as he finished his delivery and bounced free.

Diaz homered in the third, and Blackmon singled and scored in the fourth as the Rockies scored in every inning off Kershaw.

“Sometimes this park can be more offensive,” said Blackmon, who had first-pitch singles in his three at-bats against Kershaw. “The Rockies are more comfortable playing at home. I think that’s probably part of it.”

Muncy’s solo homer in the sixth broke an 0 for 14 skid. He has 20 homers in 62 games against the Rockies.

Turner homered with two out in the ninth.


Colorado manager Bud Black echoed Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, who said recently on MLB Network Radio that he believes the NL West is the best division in baseball.

“I know there’s some people who think the NL East is the best, with the Mets and the Braves, and the Phillies had a little run here lately and the Marlins have some good pitching,” Black said. “But overall I think this division is the best division in baseball.”


Freeman didn’t dispute reports Tuesday that he is seeking to separate from Excel Sports Management because of the way his free agent negotiations were handled in the offseason, when he left Atlanta for a six-year, $162 million contract with the Dodgers.

“It’s time to move on and focus on winning championships with the Dodgers, and that’s what I’m going to do,” Freeman told reporters.

Freeman was welcomed as a returning hero and was moved to tears during the Dodgers’ three-game series in Atlanta last weekend, where he received his 2021 World Series ring.

“Last weekend in Atlanta was a very emotional time for me and my family,” Freeman said in a statement. “I am working through some issues with my longtime agents at Excel. My representation remains a fluid situation and I will update if needed.”


The Rockies will honor the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in pregame ceremonies Wednesday. The Cup will be present, and a member of the Avalanche will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


Dodgers: OF Zach McKinstry (neck stiffness) was placed on the IL Tuesday and 1B/DH Jake Lamb was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill the roster. Lamb was hitting .290 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs at Oklahoma City after signing a minor league deal with the Dodgers on March 18. … LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) is expected to miss at least two more starts, manager Dave Roberts said. … OF Mookie Betts (fractured rib) was to swing a bat Tuesday. “I still don’t know a time of return, but it’s positive,” Roberts said. … OF Cody Bellinger and C Will Smith were given the day off.

Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber will return to the starting rotation this weekend following two relief appearances after RHP Ryan Feltner was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.


Dodgers LHP Julio Urias (5-6, 2.48) ERA is to oppose Rockies RHP German Marquez (4-5, 5.58) in the finale of the three-game series. Urias has given up one earned run or fewer in five of his last seven starts and is 2-2 with a 5.91 ERA in 10 appearances at Coors Field.

Marquez is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 12 career starts against the Dodgers. He enters after his longest and most successful outing of the season, when he gave up three hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings of a 1-0 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday.


More AP MLB: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]

3 months ago

Joe Jarzynka...

Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]

3 months ago

FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...

Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]

3 months ago

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...

Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]

3 months ago

FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]

3 months ago

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...

Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]

3 months ago

Grichuk, Diaz homer, Rockies rough up Kershaw, Dodgers 7-4