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Greinke goes 8 strong, Dodgers top Rockies

By: The Associated Press
July 3, 2014 Updated: July 3, 2014 at 9:46 pm
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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Zack Greinke pitched eight solid innings, Juan Uribe hit the go-ahead single in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday night.

Greinke (11-4) got the win when the Dodgers rallied in the ninth. Matt Kemp worked a leadoff walk off LaTroy Hawkins (2-2), went to second on Scott Van Slyke's groundout and scored when Uribe singled under the glove of second baseman DJ LeMahieu.

Kenley Jansen worked the bottom of the inning to get his NL best 26th save in 29 chances.

Uribe finished with three of the Dodgers' six hits.

Justin Morneau and LeMahieu had two hits each for the Rockies, who have lost four straight and 15 of 17 to move within a half-game of last place in the NL West.

An inning earlier, it looked like Greinke might go the distance. He needed just 82 pitches through seven innings with Los Angeles was leading 2-1.

But the Rockies rallied in the eighth. Charlie Blackmon led off with a single and one out later Morneau tripled to right-center to tie the game 2-2. Greinke got Troy Tulowitzki to fly out to short left, and after an intentional walk to Corey Dickerson, struck out Nolan Arenado with a high fastball.

Greinke went eight innings for just the second time this season. He allowed two runs — one earned — on nine hits and struck out eight.

Colorado lefty Franklin Morales was making his first start since allowing six runs in 5 1-3 innings at Cleveland on May 31. He made eight relief appearances in June, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 14 innings. He was pressed into his 12th start after right-hander Jhoulys Chacin went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Morales worked five innings, allowing an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez in the third and a sacrifice fly to A.J. Ellis in the fourth to make it 2-0.

He surrendered two runs — one earned — on four hits and struck out four.

The Rockies got one back in the fifth when LeMahieu reached second when Yasiel Puig misplayed his two-out single. LeMahieu scored on Josh Rutledge's pinch-hit double.

NOTES: The Dodgers recalled INF Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned INF Carlos Triunfel to the Isotopes. ... Before the game the Rockies activated Arenado from the 15-day DL and optioned LHP Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Colorado manager Walt Weiss said LHP Boone Logan could be activated from the 15-day DL "in a day or two." ... The Dodgers will send LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-2, 2.04) against Colorado RHP Jair Jurrjens, whom the Rockies acquired Wednesday from Cincinnati.

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