DENVER (AP) — James Oatman homered in the first swing of his major league debut and finished with three hits and three RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Sunday and ended July with 21 wins.
Freddie Freeman added three hits and an RBI, passing teammate Trea Turner for the MLB lead in hits. Tony Gonsolin (12-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season as the Dodgers finished the month 21-5, tying the franchise record for most wins in July. They scored 147 runs in the month.
“Obviously I’ve been dreaming about it, playing Wiffle ball in the backyard and stuff like that,” Outman said of homering in his first at-bat. “I never thought it was going to happen. It’s awesome. When I hit it, I thought it had a chance. I didn’t want to be the first one to hit a ball off the wall and it’s going to be a single for my first hit, so I was running outside the box.”
Outman became the eighth Dodgers player in franchise history — the fourth since moving to Los Angeles — to hit a homer in his first career appearance, joining Jose Offerman (1990), Garey Ingram (1994) and Keibert Ruiz (2020). Outman had 21 homers in 90 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma this season before being promoted Saturday.
He is the only Los Angeles Dodger in franchise history with three hits and three RBIs in his debut and is the first major leaguer since Joey Gallo to have three hits, including a homer and three RBIs, in his debut. Gallo did it on June 2, 2015.
“Historical — what a debut,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Really fun to watch. You can just see his joy. A day he has dreamed of and to go like this. Today was about James Outman and I couldn’t be happier.”
Outman, 25, with a 1-1 count, took a 95 mph fastball off German Marquez (6-9) to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead after Cody Bellinger singled to open the third inning. The homer landed in the Dodgers’ bullpen and was picked off by Alex Vesia, who gave it to Outman in the clubhouse.
“I’m going to stare at it for a long time, and then I’m going to put it in my kid’s room next to all the other baseball stuff,” Outman said of the ball. “I have a shelf of all my Little League home runs. This can top them all.”
Outman singled and scored in the seventh inning and drove in a run with a double to the wall in right-center in the eighth to give the Dodgers a 7-3 lead. Outman was the Dodgers’ seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft.
“Usually I’m just trying to hit the ball as hard as I can, hit a line somewhere,” Outman said.
Gonsolin gave up three runs – all in the third inning – and five hits while striking out six and walking one. He has given up at least three earned runs in each of his last three starts after giving up two or fewer in his first 15. He has pitched a career-high 104 2/3 innings this season.
“Everybody goes through their ups and downs,” said Gonsolin, whose ERA is 2.41. “Hopefully this is just a quick drop and we can turn it around going into the next start.”
Brian Serven homered for Colorado to open the third on a triple by Gonsolin, and the Rockies loaded the bases without getting the ball out of the infield with a hit, a walk and a chalk dribble down the third-base line. Grichuk delivered a two-run single to right for a 3-2 lead.
Grichuk had his third straight multi-hit game and was 7-for-16 in the four-game stretch.
The Dodgers scored two in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead, taking advantage of the Rockies’ sloppy defense. With a runner on first and one out, second baseman Brendan Rodgers hit a potential double play granger can end before settling for one out at first. After a walk put runners on first and second, Bellinger doubled in a run, and the second scored when Grichuk mishandled the ball to right.
“Some uncharacteristic things happened,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “You can’t do that against a good team.”
THE SUCCESSES KEEP ON COMING
Freddie Freeman (128) and Trea Turner (127) are 1-2 in the majors in hits, Freeman surpassing his teammate with a three-hit game Sunday after Turner extended his hitting streak to 18 with a single -inning. The two are trying to become the sixth pair of teammates to finish 1-2 in the league in hits in the live-ball era.
Turner led the NL in hits in 2020 and 2021 and would be the second player in major league history to lead the league in three straight seasons. Ichiro led the majors in five straight seasons with Seattle, 2006-2010.
MR. ROGERS’ EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD
Rodgers extended his home hitting streak to 12 games Sunday and was 9 for 16 in the four-game series against the Dodgers. Among major league second basemen, Rodgers ranked in the top two in four offensive categories — 100 hits (first), 23 doubles (tied for first), 154 total bases (second) and 49 RBI (tied for second) .
THE ROSTER IS MOVING
RHP Chris Martin joined the Dodgers on Sunday, one day after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs for OF Zach McKinstry. defined Martin’s roles as “relieving”.
“Where we see fit to knock down some outs, that’s when he’ll play,” Roberts said.
Martin was 1-0 with a 4.31 in 31 1/3 innings with the Cubs this season, with 40 strikeouts and four walks. The Dodgers optioned RHP Jake Reed to Triple-A Albuquerque to make roster room.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdominal strain) missed his fourth straight game Sunday. A recent MRI was negative, but “there’s still some feeling,” Roberts said. “We don’t need to push him.” Turner is scheduled to play catch and run Monday, and the earliest he could be back in the lineup is Thursday against San Francisco, Roberts said. … IF/OF Chris Taylor (foot) is set to begin a rehab assignment Monday. “I really can’t see it being less than seven games,” Roberts said. Taylor hasn’t played since July 4th. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday in San Francisco. He has made three appearances this season, the last on April 14.
Rockies: LF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) was removed in the top of the sixth inning. After scoring on a single in the third inning, Bryant ran into the clubhouse before returning to the field, only to be removed three innings later. … 1B CJ Cron had a day off. Cron, who was hit by a pitch on the left wrist on July 8 in Arizona, is 3-for-36 with a homer and two RBI since the All-Star break.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.47 ERA) will face RHP Logan Webb (9-4, 2.91) in the first game of a four-game series in San Francisco. Heaney went four in four scoreless innings with a no-decision against Washington in his first appearance since being activated from the injured list on Wednesday. The Dodgers are 6-0 at home and 0-3 at home against the Giants this season.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-5. 4.90) will face RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.38) in the first game of a four-game series in San Diego. Senzatela is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in five road starts this season, and the Rockies have lost all five. The Rockies are 8-3 against the Padres this season.
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