Ricky Nolasco gave up just two runs over six solid innings and got plenty of run support as the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away late for a 7-4 road victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Tuesday's win at Coors Field in Denver was the Dodgers' sixth in a row and 53rd victory in their past 66 games dating back to June 22, a stretch in which they have climbed from last place to first place in the National League West.
Los Angeles now leads that division by 13.5 games over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nolasco (12-9) got the win after allowing two earned runs on five hits, giving up one walk and striking out five.
The Dodgers grabbed a 4-0 lead off Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin thanks in large part to the contributions of left fielder Carl Crawford, who drove in two with a single in the top of the second inning and then scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single in the top of the fifth.
But the Rockies continued to battle and narrowed the deficit to 4-3 on Josh Rutledge's solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Dodgers, however, added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning when left fielder Charlie Culberson misplayed a fly ball by Mark Ellis near the warning track with two outs and the bases loaded.
Chacin (13-8) took the loss after working seven innings and giving up four earned runs.
Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who is nursing a knee strain, was kept out of Tuesday night's game, with Skip Schumaker taking his place in right field.
Despite their historically significant run of success over the past two-and-a-half months, the Dodgers still trail the Atlanta Braves by two games for the best record in the National League with one month to go in the regular season. EFE