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  • Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood yells into his glove after retiring the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Denver, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Chatwood gave up four runs while facing eight batters in the inning. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Thursday, July 04, 2013 1:07 am

Chatwood struggles Rox fall short against Dodgers

By MICHAEL KELLYAssociated Press

Tyler Chatwood has emerged as a reliable starter by pounding the strike zone. On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers made him pay for being aggressive.

Hanley Ramirez had four hits, including a solo homer in the ninth, to help the Dodgers hold off the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on in a game outfielder Yasiel Puig left early with a bruised left hip after a leaping catch at the wall.

Carlos Gonzalez hit his 23rd home run among his two hits and Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado also had two hits for the Rockies. Colorado has lost three straight and six of its last eight to slip in a tie for second with L.A. in the NL West.

Juan Uribe, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp also homered for the Dodgers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games to climb back into the thick of the NL West race.

"We went through it at the beginning of the year when we won eight in a row," outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "Every team goes through those good runs. Every team goes through a downward turn. The good ones go through the good runs a couple of times over the course of the season. They're on a good run right now, playing really well, hitting the ball really well."

Puig has been a catalyst since he was called up on June 3, but he gave the Dodgers a scare when he crashed into the wall in right.

Puig reached up to rob Arenado of a hit in the fifth, only to smack his hip on a padded column below the scoreboard in right. Puig stayed down on the warning track for several minutes, before jogging around the outfield and remaining in the game.

The next inning, the rookie phenom drove in a run with a sacrifice fly before being taken out when the Dodgers made a double switch. Puig, who was just named the NL player of the month, finished 1 for 3 with a double.

Team officials said a precautionary X-ray was negative and he's listed as day-to-day.

Even with Puig out and starter Zack Greinke struggling the Rockies couldn't take advantage of the surging Dodgers.

Chatwood (4-2) never found his grove, surrendering a season-high six runs, five earned, and 11 hits in five innings. Chatwood entered the game with a 2-0 mark at Coors Field, with a 3.14 ERA.

"They're hitting the way they are and I left some mistakes over the plate," Chatwood said.

He was handed a 4-1 lead after three but the Dodgers got to him in the fourth. A.J. Ellis had an RBI single, Uribe followed with a two-run homer and Greinke doubled down the right-field line to drive in Mark Ellis and make it 5-4.

"The biggest (mistake) was the curveball to Uribe that he hit out," Chatwood said. "That was the backbreaker. It's frustrating."

Greinke (6-2) struggled on the mound but still earned his third straight win. He gave up five runs in five innings and tied a career high with seven walks.

A day after Cuddyer had his 27-game hitting streak snapped, the outfielder singled in his first at-bat and later drove in a run by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Gonzalez added a solo homer off Greinke in the first inning.

"We gave ourselves a shot tonight, unlike last night where they just came in and beat us," Cuddyer said.

Reliever Paco Rodriguez pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings to set up Kenley Jansen, who recorded the final four outs to pick up his eighth save in 11 chances. Jansen got pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin to pop up to end the game in front of a sellout crowd waiting to see the fireworks.

With the Dodgers leading 8-7 heading into the ninth, Ramirez and Kemp hit homers to give them some breathing room. The Dodgers would need the insurance runs as Arenado had an RBI single to drive in Wilin Rosario after the catcher led off the ninth with a walk.

Every starter in the Dodgers' lineup had at least a hit, with Ramirez extending his hitting streak to 14 games on a single in the first.

"They're playing really well offensively," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I thought we put together some good at-bats tonight. Yeah, they're a hot club."

Puig has been nothing short of sensational since being called up on June 3, hitting .440 this season with eight homers.

And when he fell to the dirt, Dodger fans held their breath. Kemp quickly rushed over to check on him, along with Ramirez and Gonzalez. Manager Don Mattingly also jogged out to the outfield to see how Puig was feeling.

Earlier in the day, Puig won the National League player and rookie of the month awards. It was hardly even a contest after he hit .436 in June. His 44 hits were a Dodgers rookie record for a month.

"Now, it's getting to be where you kind of expect him to do something all the time," Mattingly said.

NOTES: Helton drew the 1,312 walk of his career. It tied him with Ken Griffey Jr. for 40th on the all-time list. ... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (bruised right hand) is hoping he will be ready to go when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on July 11. "We don't want it lingering on the rest of the year," Fowler said. ... Rockies MGR Walt Weiss said SS Troy Tulowitzki (broken rib) is progressing, but hasn't started hitting live pitching yet.