DENVER (AP) — James Outman homered on the first swing of his first big league plate appearance and finished with three hits and three RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7 -3 on Sunday and closed July with 21 wins.
Freddie Freeman added three hits and an RBI, passing teammate Trea Turner for the MLB lead in hits. Tony Gonsolin (12-1) rebounded from his first loss of the season as the Dodgers finished the month 21-5, tying the franchise record for most wins in July. They scored 147 runs in the month.
“Obviously I dreamed about it, playing Wiffle ball in the backyard and stuff like that,” Outman said of the home run in his first game at bat. “I never really thought it was going to be something that was going to happen. It’s great. When I hit him I thought he had a chance. I didn’t want to be the first guy to hit a ball off the wall and it was a single for my first hit, so I was running out of the box.”
Outman became the eighth Dodgers player in franchise history — the fourth since moving to Los Angeles — to homer in his first career line-up appearance, joining Jose Offerman (1990), Garey Ingram (1994 ) and Keibert Ruiz (2020). Outman homered 21 in 90 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma this season before being promoted Saturday.
He’s the only Los Angeles Dodger in franchise history with three hits and three RBIs in his opener, and he’s the first major leaguer since Joey Gallo with three hits, including a home run and three RBIs. , at its beginnings. Gallo did so on June 2, 2015.
“History – what a start,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Really fun to watch. You can just see his joy. A day he dreamed of, and for it to go like this. Today was about James Outman, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Outman, 25, with a 1-1 count, homered on a 95mph fastball from Germany’s Marquez (6-9) to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead after Cody Bellinger picked to open the third inning. The homer landed in the Dodgers bullpen and was picked up by Alex Vesia, who passed it to Outman in the clubhouse.
“I’m gonna watch it for a long time and then I’m gonna put it in my childhood bedroom next to all my other baseball stuff,” Outman said of the ball. “I have a shelf of all my Little League homers. It could top them all.
Outman singled and scored in the seventh inning and launched a run with a wall double to right-center in the eighth, helping to push the Dodgers to 7-3. Outman was the Dodgers’ seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.
“Usually I just try to hit the ball as hard as I can, hit a line somewhere,” Outman said.
Gonsolin allowed three runs — all in the third inning — and five hits while striking out six and walking one. He’s allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts, after allowing two or fewer in his first 15. He pitched a career-high 104 2/3 innings this season.
“Everybody has their ups and downs,” said Gonsolin, whose ERA is 2.41. “Hopefully it’s just a quick descent and we can turn the tide on the next start.”
Brian Serven hit Colorado to open the third three-pointer against Gonsolin, and the Rockies charged the bases without getting the ball out of the infield on a slap hitter, a walk and a chalk dribbler along the third line of base. Grichuk fielded a two-run single on the right for a 3-2 lead.
Grichuk had his third consecutive game with multiple hits and was 7-for-16 in the four-game series.
The Dodgers scored twice in the fourth inning for a 4-3 lead, taking advantage of the Rockies’ sloppy defense. With a runner on first and one out, second baseman Brendan Rodgers missed a potential late-inning double play ground before settling for an early out. After a walk on the balls the runners were first and second, Bellinger doubled in a run and second scored when Grichuk misplayed the ball from the right.
“Some unusual things happened,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “You can’t do that against a good team.”
THE HITS KEEP COMING
Freddie Freeman (128) and Trea Turner (127) are 1-2 in the major leagues in hitting, with Freeman passing his teammate with a game-high three hits on Sunday after Turner extended his hitting streak at 18 with a first inning single. The two are trying to become the sixth pair of teammates to finish 1-2 in the league in hits in the live ball era.
Turner led the NL in hits in 2020 and 2021 and would be the second player in major league history to lead the league for three consecutive seasons. Ichiro led the Majors for five consecutive seasons with Seattle, 2006-2010.
MR. RODGERS EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD
Rodgers extended his home hitting streak to 12 games on Sunday and was 9 for 16 in the four-game series against the Dodgers. Among major league second basemen, Rodgers ranked in the top two in four offensive categories – 100 hits (first), 23 doubles (tied for first), 154 total bases (second) and 49 RBIs (tied for second).
RHP Chris Martin joined the Dodgers on Sunday, a day after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs for OF Zach McKinstry. defined Martin’s roles as “relief”.
“Wherever we see fit to eliminate outs, that’s when he’ll throw,” Roberts said.
Martin was 1-0 with a 4.31 record in 31 1/3 innings with the Cubs this season, with 40 strikeouts and four walks. The Dodgers offered RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) missed his fourth straight game on Sunday. A recent MRI was negative, but “there are still sensations,” Roberts said. “We don’t need to push him.” Turner is scheduled to play catch and run on Monday, and the earliest he could be back in the lineup is Thursday against San Francisco, Roberts said. … IF/OF Chris Taylor (foot) is due to start a rehab assignment on Monday. “I really don’t see it being less than seven games,” Roberts said. Taylor hasn’t played since July 4. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) is scheduled to kick off a mock game Wednesday in San Francisco. He has made three appearances this season, on April 14.
Rockies: LF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) was taken out in the top of the sixth inning. After scoring on a third-inning single, Bryant ran into the clubhouse before returning to the field, only to be called out three innings later. … 1B CJ Cron had the day off. Cron, who was hit by a left wrist pitch on July 8 in Arizona, is 3-for-36 with one home run and two RBIs since the All-Star break.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47 ERA) will face RHP Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) in Game 1 of a four-game series at San Francisco. Heaney retired four of four scoreless innings of a no-decision against Washington in his first appearance since being called off the disabled list on Wednesday. The Dodgers are 6-0 at home and 0-3 on the road against the Giants this season.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-5, 4.90) will face RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.38) in Game 1 of a four-game series at San Diego. Senzatela is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five road starts this season, and the Rockies have lost all five. The Rockies are 8-3 against the Padres this season.
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