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Kershaw, Pederson lead Dodgers to 11-4 win over Rockies

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Kershaw, Dodgers cruise past Rockies

Clayton Kershaw strikes out seven batters and gets three hits at the plate in the Dodgers' 11-4 victory over the Rockies.

DENVER -- Clayton Kershaw had a career-high three hits to back his strong pitching performance and Joc Pederson lined one of Los Angeles' four homers, helping the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 on Monday night.

Known for his powerful left arm, Kershaw (4-3) was just as lethal at the plate. He had a double and two singles, including a run-scoring liner to left as part of a six-run sixth that broke open a tight game.

Kershaw allowed five hits and two runs over seven innings. He hasn't lost to the Rockies in nearly two years, spanning nine starts.

Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins hit solo homers in the second off Kyle Kendrick (2-7), who gave up six runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. He's allowed 15 homers this season, tying James Shields for most in the majors.

Nolan Arenado hits a two-run homer off Kershaw in the fourth. It was his third straight game with a homer, the longest stretch of his career.

Colorado returned home with some momentum after winning four straight. What's more, the weather was clear again, too -- something that hasn't happened all that often at Coors Field in recent weeks. The Rockies and Dodgers will play a doubleheader Tuesday to make up a game that was rained out May 9.

The right-handed Kendrick unraveled in the sixth. It began with Ethier's leadoff triple and didn't end until the Dodgers' sent 12 batters to the plate. They had seven hits in the inning, including Pederson's three-run shot to deep center off reliever Christian Friedrich, the first homer he's allowed in more than 38 innings. Howie Kendrick connected on a three-run homer in the eighth.

Adrian Gonzalez had four hits, including two doubles, and is hitting .441 in nine games against Colorado this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford (strained oblique) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. MGR Don Mattingly said Crawford is "getting better, but he hasn't started swinging or doing any baseball (activities). It's been over a month." ... OF Yasiel Puig (strained left hamstring) ran Monday and will take batting practice Tuesday. Mattingly said Puig may be headed out on a rehab assignment later this week.

Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles went on the 15-day DL with a left big toe injury. He's hoping to avoid surgery. ... INF Ben Paulsen said he "feels good" a day after leaving the game in Philly with a migraine. ... Reliever LaTroy Hawkins (biceps tendinitis) faced hitters and MGR Walt Weiss said he's "moving forward." ... OF Corey Dickerson (plantar fasciitis) worked in the outfield and ran the bases Monday. "Positive signs from Corey," Weiss said.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Los Angeles hasn't named a starter for Game 1 of the doubleheader Tuesday. RHP Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48) will pitch the night game. He's 6-2 against Colorado since joining the Dodgers.

Rockies: Cut middle finger and all, lefty Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51) takes the mound in the opening game of the doubleheader. Righty David Hale (1-0, 2.70) is expected to join the team from Triple-A Albuquerque to pitch the second contest. Hale was brought up as the 26th man for a doubleheader May 23 and helped the Rockies to a 5-3 win over San Francisco.