DENVER -- So much for the lament that they can't hit on the road. So much for the, “What's wrong with Clayton Kershaw,” stories.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace dominated for the second outing in a row and his teammates backed him up with all sorts of scoring, including four home runs, in an 11-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Monday night.
How it happened: Much of it was bad luck and some poor relief work from the pitchers who followed him, but the fact remained that Kershaw had a 4.32 ERA just two starts ago. After following up seven shutout innings with something just as impressive Monday -- two runs in seven innings at Coors Field -- Kershaw (4-3) has his season finally moving in the right direction. Colorado scored its only runs on Nolan Arenado's two-run home run in the fourth inning. Kershaw struck out seven batters and walked one.
The Dodgers, who were frustrated by Cardinals pitching over the weekend, hit a couple of solo home runs early. But they really busted out in the sixth inning, equaling their biggest output of the season: six runs. The big blow was Joc Pederson's three-run home run off reliever Christian Friedrich, but the Dodgers applied all sorts of pressure to starter Kyle Kendrick. Several Dodgers had big nights at the plate, including Kershaw -- who had three hits. Andre Ethier homered and tripled.
What it means: The Dodgers continue to dominate every team in their division other than the San Francisco Giants. Against the Rockies, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers are 18-7. Against everyone else, they're 12-13.
Notable: Pederson tied a franchise rookie record last month by bashing nine home runs, a feat matched only by James Loney in September 2007. Pederson carried his powerful hitting into June with Monday's blast, which carried deep to center field. Pederson is on pace to hit more than 30 home runs, the first Dodger rookie to do so since Mike Piazza in 1993. Pederson also made an outstanding play throwing out Wilin Rosario out at second base. He fielded a carom off the center-field wall with his bare hand and made a strong, accurate throw. ... Kershaw can't say this about many opposing pitchers, but he owns Kendrick. In seven career at-bats, Kershaw has five hits, three of which are doubles. ... Jimmy Rollins, who slumped through the first two months, got the new month off to a strong start. He homered, singled, walked and lined out.
Up next: On Tuesday, the Dodgers play their first doubleheader, a result of a May 9 rain-out here. The Dodgers haven't announced their starting pitcher for the first game, which starts at 12:10 p.m. PT. Colorado will go with Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51) in the first game and David Hale (1-0, 2.70) in the second game. Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48) will start the night game, which starts at 5:40 p.m. PT.