first_imgThe Dodgers can live with losses in the All-Star voting as long as they keep avoiding them on the field. The hottest team in baseball continued to streak toward the All-Star break with a 6-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night, their fifth straight victory and 16th in the last 19 games. On the day Yasiel Puig finished second in the Final All-Star Vote to Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers’ rookie contributed a pair of hits to elevate his average to .397. Mark Ellis finished 3 for 4 with four RBIs to carry a streaking Dodgers offense. The second baseman gave the Dodgers a three-run lead with a two-run single in the fourth inning and a 5-0 lead with an insurance two-run single in the eighth. “I think tonight was probably the best I’ve felt this season so far just with the command of the pitches and the action on them,” Capuano said. “Between starts I was working on trying to stay more in line, trying to throw down and finish the pitch. It worked tonight.” After Capuano was pulled following two singles in the seventh inning, Ronald Belisario induced an inning-ending double play on his first pitch. A hot Dodgers offense averaging 6.44 runs per game in July put pressure on Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz early. The left-hander making his second start of the season allowed three runs on seven hits with five walks in four innings. An inning after robbing Hanley Ramirez of extra bases with a leaping catch at the wall, left fielder Carlos Gonzalez took a split-second too long to gather Jerry Hairston Jr.’s second-inning double. Though the throw arrived home just in time, Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario dropped it trying to make the tag on Uribe, who scored from first on the play. Ramirez went 0 for 2 with three walks, two of which were intentional. The Dodgers added to their lead in the fourth inning when Pomeranz loaded the bases with three consecutive walks to begin the inning. Ellis delivered a base hit through the left side of the infield to score a pair of runs. Puig left the game after striking out in the seventh inning, citing a bothersome hip, the same one he injured running into the outfield wall July 3. Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe’s productive night included two hits, a walk and a pair of runs scored. Coming off a three-game sweep of the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks that pulled them within 1 games of first place, the Dodgers have won 13 of their last 15 games against division opponents. Since a loss to the San Diego Padres on June 21 dropped them a season-worst 12 games below .500, the Dodgers have posted a 16-3 mark that is the best in the major leagues. Arizona followed Wednesday’s 14-inning loss to the Dodgers with a 5-3 win over Milwaukee Thursday night, maintaining its hold on first place with just three games left before the all-star break that may be ill-timed for the Dodgers. “We’re playing good and if a couple days off costs you,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You’re not that good.” After lasting an average of four innings in his last two starts, during which he allowing a combined 13 runs on 17 hits, Capuano (3-6) was fantastic Thursday. His longest outing since pitching into the seventh inning May 18 lasted 61/3 innings. He didn’t allow a run on six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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