- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Nolan Arenado kept up his hot streak even as the Colorado Rockies saw theirs come to an end.

The Gold Glove third baseman homered for a third straight game in an 11-4 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. Just like that, the Rockies’ four-game win streak was finished.

Arenado is having quite a stretch at the plate, hitting.438 with six homers and 16 RBIs since May 24.

“He’s staying behind the ball better than he has the last couple of years,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss explained. “He’s driving the ball.”

Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki (two singles) were really the only ones to solve Kershaw, whose arm and bat lifted the Dodgers.

Kershaw had a career-high three hits, including a run-scoring single to left as part of a six-run sixth that broke open a tight game. He also went seven innings and allowed two runs.

“I thought we put together some pretty good at-bats early, but (Kershaw) ended up settling in,” Weiss said. “Once he does that, he’s tough to score against.”

Kershaw hasn’t lost to the Rockies in nearly two years, spanning nine starts. Even more, he’s found something in his technique, looking sharp in back-to-back starts. The last time he’s felt this good in two straight appearances?

“Last September, I guess,” he said.

Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins hit solo homers in the second off Kyle Kendrick (2-7), who gave up six runs - five earned - in 5 1-3 innings. He’s allowed 15 homers this season, tying James Shields for most in the majors.

“He didn’t have his ‘A’ stuff tonight like he has recently,” Weiss said. “But I thought he battled with what he had and got to a point in the game where he put us in pretty good position.”

Colorado returned home with some momentum after winning four straight away from Coors Field. What’s more, the weather was clear again, too - something that hasn’t happened all that often at home in recent weeks. The Rockies and Dodgers will play a doubleheader Tuesday to make up a game that was rained out May 9.

The right-handed Kendrick unraveled in the sixth. It began with Ethier’s leadoff triple and didn’t end until the Dodgers’ sent 12 batters to the plate. They had seven hits in the inning, including Pederson’s three-run shot to deep center off reliever Christian Friedrich, the first homer he’s allowed in more than 38 innings. Howie Kendrick connected on a three-run homer in the eighth.


The setting sun makes things miserable for first basemen this time of year. It bordered on dangerous, Adrian Gonzalez said.

“It almost forces the third baseman to short hop the ball,” Gonzalez said. “I’m surprised they haven’t put up some kind of billboard, something to block the sun. It could literally hit the first baseman in the face.”


Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford (strained oblique) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. MGR Don Mattingly said Crawford is “getting better, but he hasn’t started swinging or doing any baseball (activities). It’s been over a month.” … OF Yasiel Puig (strained left hamstring) ran Monday and will take batting practice Tuesday. Mattingly said Puig may be headed out on a rehab assignment later this week.

Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles went on the 15-day DL with a left big toe injury. He’s hoping to avoid surgery. … INF Ben Paulsen said he “feels good” a day after leaving the game in Philly with a migraine. … OF Corey Dickerson (plantar fasciitis) worked in the outfield and ran the bases Monday. “Positive signs from Corey,” Weiss said.


Dodgers: Los Angeles will start righty Juan Nicasio in Game 1 of the doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48) will pitch the night game. He’s 6-2 against Colorado since joining the Dodgers.

Rockies: Cut middle finger and all, lefty Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51) takes the mound in the opening game of the doubleheader. Righty David Hale (1-0, 2.70) joins the team from Triple-A Albuquerque and will pitch the second contest.

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