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DENVER (AP) — After 4 inches of snow were cleared from Coors Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers used Justin Turner's tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to send the Colorado Rockies to their ninth straight loss, 9-5 Sunday.
The grounds crew spent the morning shoveling the outfield following an overnight storm. The snow was removed from the stadium in small bulldozers.
The series finale began on time after the first two games were affected by the wet weather that has socked Colorado for a week. The gametime temperature was 41 degrees and it dropped to 39 degrees in the ninth.
Turner's two-run homer highlighted a four-run burst in the eighth.
Adrian Gonzalez hit two doubles and drove in four runs as the Dodgers beat Colorado for the eighth straight time dating to last season.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw failed in his fourth bid for his 100th regular-season win. The reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.
It was 5-all in the eighth when Turner reached down to send a curveball from Scott Oberg (1-1) into the Rockies' bullpen for his fifth homer of the season.
Howie Kendrick hit an RBI single and Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
made it 9-5 with a sacrifice fly later in the inning. Pedro Baez (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings to get the win.
The Dodgers led 2-0 when Colorado scored five times in the fourth against Kershaw. That was the biggest inning against him since Arizona scored seven last May 17.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa walked the bases loaded to start the fifth before allowing Gonzalez's three-run double down the right-field line that tied the game.
De La Rosa allowed five runs on five hits and walked six in four-plus innings. Rockies pitchers combined to walk 10 batters.
Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig will get an MRI on Monday on his injured left hamstring. Manager Don Mattingly said he misspoke when he said the MRI would be Sunday. Puig aggravated the injury during a rehab assignment Friday. He was expected to rejoin the team Monday if everything went well with his recovery.
Rockies: RHP LaTroy Hawkins has started throwing and could be sent on a rehab assignment soon. Hawkins, who went on the 15-day DL on April 22 with biceps tendinitis, threw off the mound Sunday. "Everything went well and we'll see how he shows up (Monday) and we'll go from there," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's progressing well. We're getting close to him pitching in some capacity."
Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke(5-0) will go for his 11th straight regular-season win when the Dodgers open a six-game homestand against Miami. Greinke's last loss was Aug. 9, 2014, at Milwaukee.
Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-4) opens Colorado's series at the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Kendrick was impressive in beating Milwaukee on opening day but has struggled mightily since. He brings an 8.37 ERA into Anaheim.
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