Adrian Gonzalez blasted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis.
The Dodgers jumped on rookie right-hander Mike Mayers right out of the gate, with a pair of singles and a walk before Gonzalez unloaded on a towering grand slam to center field. He added a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the second inning, finishing the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI. He's now hitting .284/.360/.412 with nine homers and 51 RBI.
Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Cardinals in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless frame to protect a three-run advantage.
Jansen induced a ground ball from Kolten Wong, then fanned Alberto Rosario and Randal Grichuk to retire the Cardinals without issue. He has once against been one of the most dominant closers in baseball this season, compiling a 1.45 ERA and 0.69 WHIP while converting 29 saves in 34 chances.
Scott Kazmir earned his ninth victory of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings against the Cardinals.
Kazmir struck out three and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. The Dodgers offense staked him to nine runs in the first two innings, so all Kazmir had to do was throw strikes and make sure the Cardinals didn't mount a major rally against him. Tommy Pham provided the big blow against him with a two-run blast in the second. He'll bring a 4.35 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks.
Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Cardinals fell to the Dodgers on Sunday night.
Piscotty's two-run double off Adam Liberatore in the seventh inning pulled the Cardinals to within three runs at 9-6, but that would be as close as they would get. With the two-hit attack, Piscotty is now slashing an impressive .295/.366/.490 with 14 homers and 58 RBI on the season.
Mike Mayers was obliterated in his Major League debut on Sunday night against the Dodgers, surrendering nine runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings.
Mayers also issued two walks while striking out one. It was all downhill right from the get-go, as the first three Dodgers reached in succession and rode home on a grand slam off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez. After allowing six in the first, Mayers came back out for more, but was chased after Howie Kendrick's two-run blast in the second. He'll presumably head back to Triple-A for more seasoning after this one.
The Rockies are expected to designate Brandon Barnes for assignment on Monday.
The club plans to call up top prospect David Dahl on Sunday, and it looks as though Barnes will be the odd-man out. The 30-year-old outfielder has hit just .220/.250/.320 with no homers, eight RBI and a 30/3 K/BB ratio in 109 plate appearances with the big league club this season.
The Rockies announced Sunday that top prospect David Dahl will be recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.
The club gets the benefit of having a designated hitter for their series in Baltimore to begin the week, so they'll take a look at the sweet-swinging outfielder. With Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon on the trade block, Dahl could be up with the big league club to stay. The 22-year-old is hitting .314/.394/.569 with 18 homers, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 92 games between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque this season. He's immediately an interesting commodity in all mixed leagues.
Blue Jays signed RHP Scott Copeland to a minor league contract.
Copeland returns to the Blue Jays, who sold his rights to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization back in April. The 28-year-old hurler registered a 5.54 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 34/42 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings in Korea. He'll provide organizational depth for the Jays.