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Yoshinobu Yamamoto and the Dodgers return to winning ways with a 4-1 win over the Rockies

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yoshinobu Yamamoto allowed just one run in six solid innings and Jason Heyward and Will Smith hit RBI doubles in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yoshinobu Yamamoto allowed just one run in six solid innings and Jason Heyward and Will Smith hit RBI doubles in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Kiké Hernández also scored a run for the Dodgers, who have won four of five games after losing the first game of the series on Friday, which was Colorado's first win at Dodger Stadium since 2022. Shohei Ohtani stole the 100th base of his major league career, becoming the fourth Japanese-born player to reach 100 steals in the major leagues.

Ezequiel Tovar scored three hits for the second night in a row for the Rockies, who lost for only the second time in six games.

Yamamoto (6-2) rebounded impressively from his first loss in 10 starts since his major league debut, limiting the Rockies to seven hits and one walk. He struck out seven players, threw a season-high 101 pitches and fought his way out of a tight spot in his final inning.

“It was nice to see him get the last batter at the plate with the tying run,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I thought the fastball was really well controlled tonight. I thought the split was good at times, and the curveball use was an asset in the last couple innings. It was nice to see him get through six innings. It was a really good deal for him.”

Three Dodger relief pitchers each threw a scoreless inning. Evan Phillips pitched the ninth inning, earning his ninth save in his first appearance since returning Friday after a nearly four-week absence due to a hamstring injury.

“I'm not going to lie, it was a very frustrating injury,” Phillips said. “It took a lot of extra effort, but I just tried everything I could to stay in my rhythm. I was just excited to be out there with the team.”

Cal Quantrill (4-4) allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks and failed to get past the fifth inning, his first loss for the Rockies since April.

Colorado took the lead in the second when Brendan Rodgers hit a leadoff double and scored on Brenton Doyle's sacrifice fly, but Teoscar Hernández hit a single in the bottom half for Los Angeles and then raced around to score when Colorado made two throwing errors trying to take him out of the game after Gavin Lux's grounder to the first baseman.

Andy Pages hit a single shortly thereafter and scored on Heyward's double into the gap between right and center.

“We're not going to score 10 runs every day,” Hernández said. “But we're trying to use every single thing to improve. We're going to have ups and downs, but our starting pitching is keeping us in the game right now and giving us the opportunity to score runs.”

Ohtani walked and stole second base in the third inning, but Quantrill intercepted him at second base, costing the Dodgers a run when Freddie Freeman singled shortly after. Roberts said Ohtani and the Dodgers tried to take advantage of “a tendency” of Quantrill's.

“It's a calculated risk we took and I have no problem with it,” Roberts said.

Ohtani and Ichiro Suzuki are the only Japanese-born major league players to have 100 home runs and 100 steals.

Pages hit a single in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Hernández, who scored his first run since May 20.

Freeman then hit a triple to left in the fifth inning and scored on Smith's full-count double, chasing away Quantrill.

Yamamoto allowed two hits in the sixth inning, but left both runners in batting position by forcing a groundout to Elehuris Montero with his final pitch.

“I had a lot of pitches and some runners on the bases, but I just focused on getting through the inning, that's all,” Yamamoto said through his interpreter.

TRAINING ROOM

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left elbow sprain) and RHP Germán Márquez (Tommy John surgery) both completed pregame bullpen workouts in LA. Freeland will be at least three weeks away from returning, while Márquez is targeting early July.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw threw one inning in live batting practice, facing six batters. He will throw two innings next week in his comeback from offseason shoulder surgery.

NEXT

In the series finale, Gavin Stone (5-2, 3.16 ERA) will seek his fourth win in five starts on Sunday when he faces Austin Gomber (1-2, 2.76) for the Dodgers, who allowed just two earned runs in four starts over 26 2/3 innings in May but was removed from his previous scheduled start due to arm soreness.

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Greg Beacham, Associated Press