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Smith’s 3-run homer lifts Dodgers over Rockies 5-1

Posted at 3:53 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 18:53:30-04

DENVER (AP) — Will Smith hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to break open a scoreless game and lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 5-1 on Wednesday.

Kristopher Negrón also went deep during the rally and Alex Verdugo had four hits. Joe Kelly (5-3) pitched the eighth inning to earn the win.

Rockies starter German Márquez was helped off the field at the start of the seventh inning with what the team said was full-body cramping. The right-hander fanned 10 through six innings, the ninth time in his career with double-digit strikeouts.

The trade deadline hit during the fourth inning with each team making two deals. The Dodgers acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko from St. Louis for reliever Tony Cingrani and minor league right-hander Jeffry Abreu. They also traded for Tampa Bay reliever Adam Kolarek, sending minor league pitcher Niko Hulsizer to the Rays.

Gyorko, who is recovering from wrist surgery and hasn’t played since June 7, was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Tuesday. He is eligible to come off late next week.

The Rockies traded for right-handed reliever Joe Harvey from the New York Yankees for minor league pitcher Alfredo Garcia. They also received minor league outfielder Joe Herron from the Chicago Cubs for international cap money, general manager Jeff Bridich said.

“Nothing major,” Bridich said. “There were conversations. Due to the last month of play, we were not looking to add to our team. We never got a point where it made sense to trade any of our team.”

The Rockies lost because of a bad ninth inning on Wednesday. Closer Wade Davis (1-5) walked Cody Bellinger and gave up a single to Corey Seager with one out. Smith followed with a homer to center, his fifth of the season. Verdugo then singled and Negrón homered for the second straight game.

Nolan Arenado had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.


Dodgers: RHP Dylan Floro was activated from the injured list on Wednesday . Floro missed 10 games with neck inflammation. RHP Tony Gonsolin, who pitched four innings on Tuesday for his first career save, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon (back tightness) returned to the lineup after missing three games. Manager Bud Black said Blackmon was available as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday if needed but didn’t get into the 9-4 loss.


Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.85) will start Thursday against San Diego to open a 10-game, 11-day homestand for Los Angeles.

Rockies: Rookie RHP Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.67) will go for his first win since June 11 when the Rockies open a series against San Francisco on Friday. Colorado has lost seven straight games in which Lambert has started.


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