Series: Game 3 of 3

LA Dodgers won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, June 16
LA Dodgers6
Game 2: Tuesday, June 17
LA Dodgers4
Game 3: Wednesday, June 18
LA Dodgers8

Rockies 0

(34-39, 15-24 away)

Dodgers 8

(40-34, 18-20 home)

    10:10 PM ET, June 18, 2014

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    COL 000000000 0 0 1
    LAD 20510000 - 8 9 1

    W: C. Kershaw (7-2)

    L: J. De La Rosa (6-6)

    Rockies-Dodgers Preview


    The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't swept a series at home this season, but giving the ball to Clayton Kershaw should improve those chances.

    Kershaw looks to continue his dominance of the Colorado Rockies at Chavez Ravine and help the Dodgers clinch their most successful homestand of 2014 on Wednesday night.

    Los Angeles (39-34) owns one of the worst home records in baseball at 17-20. However, the Dodgers are hitting .315 and have won four of five heading into the finale of this six-game homestand.

    They can cap that stretch with their first series sweep at Dodger Stadium since winning three games against San Diego from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

    Strong pitching has been key against Colorado (34-37). Zack Greinke allowed one run in six innings of Tuesday's 4-2 victory after Hyun-jin Ryu did the same in a 6-1 win to open this set.

    The Rockies are hitting .221 in the series, and Kershaw (6-2, 2.93 ERA) has limited them to a .195 average at home. Colorado had hit .325 during its five-game winning streak before being shut down in the last two games.

    The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is 5-2 with a 1.58 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings over 10 career home starts versus the Rockies, and eight have ended in Dodgers wins.

    Kershaw beat Colorado on the road in a 6-1 win June 8, when only the weather was able stop his dominance. He threw a three-hitter and fanned nine in a rain-shortened, five-inning complete game.

    He followed that up five days later by allowing one run and struck out seven in seven innings of a 4-3 victory over Arizona, extending his winning streak to three games.

    Kershaw last won four straight starts from July 29-Aug. 15, 2012.

    Hanley Ramirez, however, may not be available to help him since he's nursing a bruised right ring finger after being hit by a sharp grounder Tuesday. X-rays were negative, and he left in the seventh after hitting a two-run homer in the third.

    "That's great news for us. We obviously dodged a big bullet," catcher A.J. Ellis said. "Hanley's probably the biggest part of our lineup when we're going right. He carried us last year, and I feel like he's getting close to that point where he can carry us again. He's definitely one of the best bats in all of baseball, and we'll be happy to get him back whenever he's ready."

    He has six hits -- three for extra bases -- and four RBIs during this homestand.

    Turning to Jorge De La Rosa (6-5, 4.12) may not get the Rockies untracked. He's 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in three starts after winning six consecutive decisions over a seven-start span with a 1.80 ERA.

    The left-hander's latest outing, however, was cut short after three innings due to a back injury. He allowed two runs with two walks in three innings of Friday's 7-4 win at San Francisco.

    "It felt like something was definitely really bad, but I came in (to the training room) and had some treatment, then I was better," De La Rosa told the team's official website.

    De La Rosa gave up five runs with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in losing to Kershaw on June 8. He had won each of his previous three starts against the Dodgers with a 2.25 ERA and limited them to one run in seven innings of a 6-1 victory at Los Angeles on April 27.

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    Gameday Matchup

     ColoradoLos Angeles
    Current StreakL4W5
    Last 105-58-2

    Pitching Matchup

    ColoradoLos Angeles
    J. De La Rosa
    14-11, 4.10 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/23 at SD
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    C. Kershaw
    21-3, 1.77 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 vs SF
    8.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.ColoradoLos Angeles
    1. C. Dickerson, LF D. Gordon, 2B
    2. B. Barnes, RF H. Ramirez, SS
    3. T. Tulowitzki, SS Y. Puig, RF
    4. W. Rosario, C A. Gonzalez, 1B
    5. D. Stubbs, CF M. Kemp, LF
    6. J. Rutledge, SS S. Van Slyke, CF
    7. K. Parker, 1B A. Ellis, C
    8. D. LeMahieu, 2B M. Rojas, 3B
    9. J. De La Rosa, P C. Kershaw, P

    Research Notes

    Want to make the case that Wednesday night saw the best start in baseball history? Clayton Kershaw is the FIRST MLB player EVER with 15 strikeouts without allowing a single hit OR walk.
    Game Score, a metric devised by Bill James, measures a pitcher's single-game performance based on on IP, runs, hits, strikeouts and walks. According to this metric, Kershaw's performance was the second best by a pitcher in the last 100 years.
    Fourteen of Kershaw's 15 strikeouts came with his breaking pitches. That's two more than any other pitcher in any start since 2009.
    From Elias: Clayton Kershaw is the third pitcher in the last 40 years to throw a no-hitter at any point in a season vs. the team that entered the day with the majors' best BA . The others: Nolan Ryan vs. Toronto on 5/1/1991 and Henderson Alvarez vs. Detroit on 9/23/13.
    Kershaw is 3rd reigning Cy Young Award winner to throw a no-no. The others are big names: Bob Gibson & Sandy Koufax.
    From Elias: The ONLY pitcher in MLB history with more strikeouts in a no-hitter than Kershaw's 15 is Nolan Ryan.

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