MLB: Dodgers top Rockies; 111 wins 2nd most in NL history
Freddie Freeman hit a home run among his three hits, Trea Turner homered and singled, and the host Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 Wednesday.
Cody Bellinger also went deep and Clayton Kershaw (12-3) pitched five innings for the Dodgers (111-51) in his final tune up ahead of the postseason.
After losing three-consecutive games to Colorado, the Dodgers reached 111 wins, second most in National League history behind the 1906 Chicago Cubs (116).
Los Angeles, which finished with the best record in the majors, will open its NL Division Series on Tuesday against the winner of the wild-card series between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres.
Kershaw gave up one hit and struck out nine to surpass 2,800 strikeouts for his career. Kershaw also passed Cy Young on the all-time strikeout list and is now 24th with 2,807.
Ezequiel Tovar homered for Colorado (68-94), which had two hits and struck out 17 times. The Rockies finished in last place in the NL West and completed their fourth straight losing season.
Tovar connected off of Kershaw with two outs in the second to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. It was the first career home run for Tovar, who made his major league debut on Sept. 23.
Freeman tied it up in the third inning when he hit his 21st home run of the season off starter Austin Gomber.
It was the only run Gomber allowed in three innings of work. He gave up three hits and struck out four.
The Dodgers took the lead in the fifth inning. With one out, relief pitcher Chad Smith (0-1) walked Joey Gallo and Mookie Betts before giving up a home run to Turner to make it 4-1.
It was Turner’s 21st homer of the season and first since Sept. 11.
Los Angeles added insurance runs in the seventh inning off reliever Noah Davis, who made his major league debut.
Bellinger led off the seventh with a home run, his 19th, and Miguel Vargas walked with one out. Turner followed with a single to put runners on first and second, and Vargas scored on a single by Freeman.
It was Freeman’s 100th RBI, the third time he has reached 100 RBIs in a season, and he also led the majors with a career-best 199 hits. Freeman went 3-for-4, falling one hit shy of winning the NL batting title. He finished with a .325 average, second to Jeff McNeil (.326) of the New York Mets.
–Field Level Media