Dodgers Getting Closer to Clinching Playoff Birth

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Updated: September 24, 2015
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Last week, Alex Wood retired 19 Colorado Rockies in a row and allowed just one hit in eight innings. Wood had a terrible previous outing, but he more than bounced back for this game. The Dodgers acquired him from the Braves at the end of July. He’s 4-4 for the Dodgers since then and his ERA is above 3.5. But he was in the zone against Colorado that night and if can stay that way, he could be a great addition to Kershaw and Greinke.

LOS ANGELES — Alex Wood allowed one hit and tied a career high with eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 2-0, on Wednesday night, as L.A. trimmed its magic number in the National League West to 10.

Wood retired 19 in a row to finish his outing, with his lone baserunner reaching base in the second inning. It was quite the bounce-back performance after Wood lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his last start, against Arizona. He was pulled in favor of Kenley Jansen for the ninth, despite having thrown only 78 pitches.

“I wasn’t going to fight too hard, especially after the [previous outing],” Wood said. “If I hadn’t had the last one, then maybe I put up a little bit more of a fight, but in a 2-0 ballgame, we’re trying to clinch our playoff berth, and the ninth inning, as everyone knows, is Kenley’s, for the most part.”

Wood’s counterpart, Jorge De La Rosa, was nearly as good, as he also went eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits in a loss. Dodgers lefty Alex Wood stymies Rockies | dodgers.com