- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez was confident he wouldn’t miss any extended time after suffering a sprained left ankle Wednesday night.

Sure, it’s painful, he says. It’s nothing compared to the ache his team would feel without him, though.

Gonzalez homered twice before leaving the game with what looked like a bad sprain in the Rockies’ 12-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gonzalez had his 19th multi-homer game of his career with Nos. 22 and 23 this season. He was then forced to exit the game in the bottom of the seventh after rolling his ankle in the batter’s box.

Gonzalez’s prognosis: “I won’t be out.”

“I hope that tomorrow I will feel a little bit better,” he added. “If I feel a little bit better, it’ll be good enough to play. Just tape it and go out there and have fun with my team.”

Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu also went deep in Colorado’s 11th win in 13 games that moved it above the .500 mark for the first time since May 18.

The Rockies’ latest streak has them within three games of the second NL wild card, with three teams between them and St. Louis. Gonzalez missing any substantial amount of time would hamper any postseason hopes - especially since rookie shortstop Trevor Story (thumb) was already lost for the remainder of the season.

“It’s been fun,” Gonzalez said. “It’s fun when you get wins. We are playing good baseball right now.”

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day, and right-hander Louis Coleman (shoulder fatigue) and left-hander Adam Liberatore were also placed on the DL - giving Los Angeles an NL-record 25 players put there this season.

Arenado made things worse for the Dodgers from there, hitting a three-run home run to spark a five-run first inning off starter Brock Stewart (0-2). Reynolds added a two-run blast put the Rockies ahead 5-2.

Later, LeMahieu and Gonzalez homered as part of a four-run fifth. Gonzales went deep again in the sixth.

“I am frustrated,” Stewart said. “The bullpen session before the game was great. Everything was working and then everything stayed flat during the game.

“It was a rough night, that’s for sure.”

Tyler Anderson (4-3), meanwhile, allowed two runs in seven innings for Colorado. He struck out six and walked two. His lone blemish came in the first inning when Justin Turner hit a two-run home run.

“Anderson has been outstanding,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s a pretty amazing story when you think about it. Not pitching at all a year ago. He showed up at the big league level hitting the ground level. He’s given us a quality start every time out.”

SCOREBOARD WATCHING

“(This is) when the fun starts,” Weiss said of the wild-card race. “This is time of year where you get to watch the scoreboard and you’re paying attention to the other games. There’s that focus and emphasis on your game every night, to win every night. That’s fun.

“It’s a lot easier showing up to the ballpark under those circumstances.”

TRAINERS ROOM

Dodgers: Kershaw (back) won’t be eligible to return until Aug. 27 at the earliest. … LHP Rich Hill (hand) threw around 50 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday. “He looked real good and executed all his pitches,” Roberts said. … RHP Bud Norris threw a bullpen session and could make his next start this weekend.

Rockies: SS Story (thumb) will undergo surgery Thursday in Denver. Story suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Saturday’s win over the Mets.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (9-7, 3.23 ERA) has had some early success against the Rockies this season. In two starts against Colorado, the Japanese pitcher has allowed just one run and struck out 17 in 13 innings.

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (10-6, 3.50 ERA) has allowed just one run and four hits in his previous two starts. Less impressive is the fact that he also gave up 12 walks in 12 innings during those starts.

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