- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Corey Dickerson is putting together a strong finish to an otherwise frustrating season.

Dickerson had three hits, including one of Colorado’s three solo homers in the fourth inning, and the Rockies beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Friday night, preventing Los Angeles from moving a step closer to clinching its third straight NL West title.

The magic number for Los Angeles remained at three.

Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Dickerson hit homers off Mike Bolsinger (6-5). Dickerson came to the plate in the eighth a triple shy of the cycle but struck out in his final at-bat. The outfielder drove in three runs.

“You know where you’re at, but honestly I was just thinking about putting the ball in play,” Dickerson said of his final at-bat. “He quick-pitched me and I was just trying to make contact.”

Dickerson has found his hitting stroke after spending much of the season battling injuries. He was twice on the 15-day disabled list with left plantar faciitis and spent another five weeks on the shelf with fractured ribs.

He has three consecutive multihit games and is batting .333 since being activated Sept. 8.

“No player wants to go into the offseason as an injured player,” manager Walt Weiss said. “For Dickey, mentally, it’s big. And the fact he’s swinging the bat well again makes it that much bigger.”

David Hale (5-5) allowed five hits and one run over five innings in his first start since Aug. 23. He stepped in for Yohan Flande, who’s sidelined with a bruised knee.

John Axford pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save as Colorado snapped a five-game skid. The Rockies were swept by Pittsburgh, which clinched a playoff berth in Coors Field on Wednesday.

Bolsinger allowed seven runs - four earned - and walked three in four innings. He wasn’t helped out by his defense, either, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez committing a key error in the third. The Rockies scored three times that inning to make it 4-1.

It didn’t get any better for Bolsinger in the fourth. Blackmon hit a fastball over the fence in right and Carlos Gonzalez soon followed with a shot to center for his 38th of the season. Dickerson later hit one to almost the same spot as Gonzalez.

“It’s nice that we got some runs early, especially coming off the series we just had,” Weiss said. “We were playing behind pretty much the entire series, it was nice to play out in front.”

Howie Kendrick had a two-run single in the seventh to cut the deficit to 7-4. With two on and two outs, Carl Crawford grounded out to end the inning.

The Rockies moved to 34-45 at Coors Field this season. They’re trying to avoid their worst home mark (35-46 in 2012) with two games remaining at the hitter-friendly park.


Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado added to his list of highlight-reel plays in the second inning. Shifted way over, he sprinted over to stop Crawford’s slow bouncer near third base. Crawford took a wide turn as if he might go to second, not realizing that Arenado threw behind him. A stunned Crawford was tagged out.

Arenado was banking on Crawford being aggressive and it paid off.

“I just had a feeling he was going to run the bag hard because the ball was down the line,” Arenado said. “I just knew that he was going to round the bag hard and see where the ball was. I just got up and threw it.”

It impressed Weiss.

“He just came up and instinctively did it,” he said. “He had his mind made up he was going to pop up and throw to first. It’s one of his all-timers.”


Rockies: OF Brandon Barnes (hamstring) remains sore and Weiss said it’s going to be difficult for him to make it back this season. … Blackmon returned to the lineup after missing two games with neck stiffness.


Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (6-13, 6.37) has a 7.35 ERA at Coors Field this season.

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