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Dodgers' offensive juggernaut edition continues in 8-2 victory over Rockies

May 31, 2011 |  9:55 pm

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Runs to the left, runs to the right. Runs from the heavens.

It is oddly, suddenly, and quite unexpectedly raining runs for the Dodgers.

Their offensive outbreak continued for a third consecutive game Tuesday night when they jumped on the sinking Colorado Rockies for an 8-2 victory before an announced crowd of 31,473.

The Dodgers have scored 23 runs in the last three games. This after they had scored more than three runs only three times in their previous 14.

With Ted Lilly providing another quality start, Matt Kemp led the offense by driving in four runs.

Apparently Kemp’s first at-bat didn’t impress the Rockies all that much. That would be the one in which he hit a two-run homer. For his 13th home run of the season.

So with runners at second and third and one out in the third inning, the Rockies elected to intentionally walk Andre Ethier to load the bases for Kemp.

Kemp promptly hit a hard one-hopper past diving third baseman Chris Nelson to drive in two more and give Lilly  a 4-1 lead.

The Dodgers added one more in the fourth on a double by Aaron Miles, before Casey Blake capped off the night with a three-run homer in the seventh. It was Blake’s third home run of the season.

That was plenty of cushion for Lilly (4-4), who held the Rockies to two runs and four hits in his seven innings. In control, he struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

Lilly has now gone at least six innings in seven consecutive starts.

Rookie Rubby De La Rosa threw the final two innings.

The Rockies have lost 10 of their last 12 games. The loss Tuesday left them in a virtual tie for third place with the Dodgers in the National League West, 4½ games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Casey Blake, center, is congratulated by Matt Kemp, right, as Jamey Carroll looks on after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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