- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brock Stewart couldn’t provide any relief for his ailing team.

The surging Rockies made sure of that.

Stewart, promoted to give Kenta Maeda an extra day of rest, allowed nine runs in four-plus innings as Los Angeles fell to the Rockies 12-2 Wednesday.

Stewart (0-2) is just the latest call-up for a team that has struggled to stay healthy all year. Earlier in the day, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was moved to the 60-day disabled list, and right-hander Louis Coleman (shoulder fatigue) and left-hander Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) were also placed on the DL - giving Los Angeles an NL-record 25 players put there this season.

“It’s not easy,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “These guys come up and are thrown into the fire. And they’re doing the best they can.”

It wasn’t nearly good enough on Wednesday.

Carlos Gonzalez homered twice to record his 19th multi-homer game of his career before he left the game in the bottom of the seventh with an ankle injury. Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu also went deep in the win for Colorado, which has won 11 of 13 to move 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. The Dodgers are two games up on the Cardinals for the top NL wild card.

“It’s been fun,” said Gonzalez, who doesn’t expect to miss any substantial time with his sprained left ankle. “It’s fun when you get wins. We are playing good baseball right now.”

Arenado hit a three-run home run to spark a five-run first inning off 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 to end Stewart’s day.

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

Tyler Anderson (4-3) 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.

“Those guys the last couple of days threw the ball well,” Roberts said. “Jon Grey yesterday and this kid today threw well, kept us at bay.

QUOTABLE

I didn’t beat myself,” Stewart said firmly. “They beat me.”

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 Trevor Story (thumb) will undergo season-ending 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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