Walker Buehler didn’t need much help beating Colorado Rockies Wednesday afternoon, as he struck out 10 in seven innings of work. The win brought the Dodgers back up to .500 after a three-game losing streak.
The Dodgers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st thanks to a two-run double by Cody Bellinger. Justin Turner, Corey Seager and Mookie Betts loaded the bases to start the game against Colorado’s Jon Gray, with Bellinger cashing in two.
However, Gray settled in from there. After Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor left the two stranded in the 1st, Gray went on to pitch seven innings while allowing four hits, three walks and striking out 10.
The Dodgers added another run in the 3rd to take a 3-0 lead with Buehler cruising until the 7th. Daniel Murphy drove in Trevor Story with a two-out single, but the Rockies failed to push any more runs across the plate.
Dave “Robots” Roberts turned to Caleb Ferguson yet again in the 8th, with the lefty striking out three around two walks. Kenley Jansen needed just eight pitches to close out the 9th and earn the save.
“This was a tough loss,” said Colorado manager Bud Black. “It’ll stick in my craw for a while.“
The combined 23 strikeouts between the teams included 17 of 18 starters recording a K, with only Bellinger finishing without one. The top five batters in the Rockies order ended up with eight strikeouts combined.
The win wrapped up the six-game homestand to start the season, with the Dodgers now heading north to San Francisco before a trip to St. Louis. The road trip begins the run of 10 games in 10 days, beginning Friday for the Giants’ home opener.