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LA Dodgers blast 3 homers in 8th, surge past Rockies 10-6

AJ Pollock, Joc Pederson and Mookie Betts homered in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers shrugged off Kevin Pillar's dramatic grand slam moments earlier to claim their sixth straight victory, 10-6 over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Pillar put the Rockies ahead 6-5 in the eighth and set off a wild dugout celebration with his second career grand slam. That lead lasted six pitches against the relentless Dodgers, who have won 19 of 22 overall after pounding out five homers and a season-high 15 hits.

Cody Bellinger singled off Carlos Estévez (1-1) before Pollock drove his eighth homer to right-center, and Pederson followed with his sixth homer. Betts then capped his three-hit game with his 13th homer, a two-run shot off Jeff Hoffman.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts slides into home, scoring on a single by Corey Seager during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP PhotoKyusung Gong)

Will Smith hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh for the major league-leading Dodgers (30-10). Max Muncy also homered, and Corey Seager drove in two runs in Los Angeles’ 11th consecutive win at Dodger Stadium.

The NL West rivals combined for eight homers in a game befitting higher altitudes.

Raimel Tapia and Sam Hilliard homered for the Rockies in the opener of a six-game Southern California road trip that could be key to their playoff hopes.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, right, turns a double play over the slide by Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Pollock during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Joc Pederson was out at first. (AP PhotoKyusung Gong)

The Rockies nearly pulled out an impressive victory when they loaded the bases with just one hit against the NL’s best bullpen. Caleb Ferguson (2-0) gave up a grand slam to Pillar, the San Fernando Valley native who joined Colorado on Monday from Boston and promptly endeared himself to teammates and fans hoping the Rockies can snag a playoff spot.

Estévez hadn't allowed a run on the road all season for the Rockies, but not many pitchers have been able to survive the Dodgers' merciless lineup unscathed.

Rookie Dustin May pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning with five strikeouts in another strong start for the Dodgers, improving his case to be their No. 3 starter in the postseason. The 22-year-old allowed two homers for the first time in his career, but they were his only baserunners who got past first.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, second from right, bench coach Bob Geren, right, and umpires look up as a drone flies over the field during the second inning of a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP PhotoKyusung Gong)

Antonio Senzatela allowed seven hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings of another solid start for Colorado.

Hilliard put Colorado ahead with his sixth homer in the fifth inning. Success in Chavez Ravine is no surprise for Hilliard, who has five homers in just nine career appearances here.

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP PhotoKyusung Gong)

The game was delayed about five minutes in the bottom of the second when a Dodger Stadium security guard spotted a drone hovering high above the playing field. The umpires took both teams off the field until it flew away. At least four ballgames across the continent have been delayed by rogue drone flights this season, happening previously in Boston, Minneapolis and New York. Once play resumed, the Dodger Stadium organist played the theme from “The X-Files.”

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray went on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. He has struggled to a 6.69 ERA in eight starts. RHP José Mujica came up to fill Gray's roster spot.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP PhotoKyusung Gong)

UP NEXT

Tony Gonsolin (0-0, 0.51 ERA) makes his first start since the Dodgers officially put him in their rotation by trading Ross Stripling to Toronto. Colorado starter Germán Márquez (2-5, 4.88 ERA) is in a career-worst losing streak of four games.

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