Dodgers use big outbursts to down Rox
Los Angeles tallies seven runs in fourth, eight in seventh
DENVER -- Dodgers outfielder Juan Pierre wears a T-shirt that says, "Minor setback for a major comeback." It couldn't have rang more true for Pierre and the Dodgers since slugger Manny Ramirez's suspension.
The Dodgers continued to put up crooked numbers, scoring a season-high in runs to defeat the Rockies, 16-6, on Monday afternoon at Coors Field in front of 37,024. The Dodgers have won nine of their past 12.
"When you look at our guys, the way they are lined up, we can score runs," manager Joe Torre said. "We're going to make contact for the most part and we're not going to swing and miss a whole lot. I think that's important for us to do. We're going to make pitchers work to beat us."
All eight position players got at least a hit and scored at least a run in the offensive explosion against the Rockies after the game was delayed 37 minutes by rain. The Dodgers have scored more runs without Ramirez -- 5.88 runs per game without to 5.55 with Ramirez -- and have bounced back after losing four of their first five without Ramirez.
Much of the credit can go to Pierre, even though his game and Ramirez's vastly differ.
"He plays a great game the way he puts pressure on the pitchers with great at-bats and not striking out much," first baseman James Loney said. "Since Manny went down, obviously, he got more playing time. I don't know who better to get that playing time than him."
For Pierre, he's just happy to be able to contribute on a regular basis. Pierre is hitting .397 (29-for-73) since Ramirez's suspension.
"You can complain and make excuses or you can just deal with the hand you're dealt with and make the most out of it," Pierre said. "Right now, I think I'm taking advantage of opportunities to play every day."
With the Dodgers already leading 3-0, Pierre lined a bases-clearing triple into the left-center-field gap, knocking out Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (0-5) as part of a seven-run fourth. "I never really look for anything I can drive," Pierre said of his triple. "I was just trying to get a hit, put good wood and found a good hole."
After the Rockies closed the gap to 7-6, the Dodgers sent 13 men to the plate for a season-high eight runs in the seventh inning.
Despite the team win, starting left-hander Eric Stults struggled. In his first start since jamming his thumb on May 15 against the Marlins, Stults lasted just 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, three hits and seven walks in a no-decision. Stults threw 95 pitches, 48 of which were balls, and said his thumb was not a problem.
"I was solid for the most part in the first four innings and then kind of lost it in the last inning," Stults said. "There are really no excuses, just not executing pitches and not bearing down."
Reliever Will Ohman (1-0) picked up his first win of the season by striking out pinch-hitter Seth Smith in the sixth inning on a 2-2 four-seam fastball, stranding runners on the corners.
Cheng Sio is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.