Cody Allen threw a perfect ninth inning against the Royals on Tuesday to earn his 12th save of the season.
Allen struck out two in the scoreless inning. The right-hander appears over his early struggles, having converted nine straight save opportunities. Allen owns a still-unsightly 5.01 ERA and 1.50 WHIP but had a 34/13 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings on the year.
Kenley Jansen worked a scoreless ninth inning, grabbing his fifth save as the Dodgers came back to win 9-8 on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader versus the Rockies.
It didn't look like Jansen would be needed, but Alex Guerrero turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead with a grand slam in the top of the ninth. Jansen allowed a one-out double to Carlos Gonzalez, but got a ground out and a strike out to end the game. Jansen has converted all five saves since making his season debut on May 15, and he's been unscored upon with an 11/0 K/BB ratio in six innings.
Zack Greinke struggled, surrendering five runs in six innings, but took a no-decision as the Dodgers beat the Rockies in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
It was the first time all season Greinke allowed more than three runs in a start, and the first time since April 29 he had allowed more than one run. Considering the game was at Coors Field, we'll simply discard this outing. Greinke gave up 10 hits and a walk while striking out only two. He still owns an eye-popping 1.97 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 60/15 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. Greinke will face the Cardinals in a home start next.
Jeremy Guthrie allowed just one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Tuesday.
Aside from a Brandon Moss solo home run, Guthrie was nearly perfect on the evening. It was quite a contrast to his last start in which he allowed 11 runs over an inning-plus of work. The right-hander walked one and struck out one over his 5 2/3 innings Tuesday, but his counterpart, Carlos Carrasco, was equally as strong to deny Guthrie of a decision. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Sunday against the Rangers.
David Hale, making a spot start, took a no-decision in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday after yielding four runs in six innings as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers.
All four runs came on three home runs: an Enrique Hernandez solo home run in the first, a Joc Pederson solo homer in the third, and a two-run shot by Adrian Gonzalez also in the third. Hale gave up seven hits overall while walking none and striking out five. The Rockies could continue to use Hale out of the rotation given Jordan Lyles' toe injury, but as his performance on Tuesday showed, he doesn't have any fantasy appeal. If Hale does start again, he would be on track to face the Cardinals at home.
Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run, helping the Dodgers take the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
Gonzalez extended the Dodgers' lead to 4-0 with a third-inning two-run home run off of David Hale. The first baseman has done nothing but hit all season long, now standing with a remarkable .332/.411/.610 triple-slash line along with 11 home runs and 38 RBI.
Carlos Carrasco allowed one run over seven innings, striking out eight, in Tuesday's win over the Royals.
Carrasco allowed five hits and two walks over his seven innings, the third straight start in which he's allowed five hits or fewer. Not coincidentally, he's won all three of those starts. Carrasco is now 7-4 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 74/15 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings this year. Carrasco will try to make it four straight when he faces the Orioles on Sunday.
Joc Pederson homered in a 2-for-5 effort as the Dodgers eked out a win over the Rockies in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
Pederson ripped a tape-measure home run in the day game, estimated at 477 feet. The nightcap homer was another long-distance blast, a solo shot in the third inning off of David Hale. He's homered in four consecutive games now, giving him 16 on the season along with 31 RBI. Pederson has exceeded any and all expectations, which were already high to begin with.