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Triunfel pads lead with first career home run

LOS ANGELES -- Inspired by a pregame visit from the Kings and their Stanley Cup, the Dodgers' dance party resumed Tuesday night after home runs by Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and newcomer Carlos Triunfel in a 4-2 win over the Rockies that bolstered the All-Star candidacy of starting pitcher Zack Greinke.

The dugout party -- complete with bubble machine for foam effect -- was curtailed, however, when Ramirez suffered a right ring finger contusion taking a one-hop smash off the bat of Corey Dickerson in the seventh inning that deflected into center field for an RBI double. X-rays were negative, Ramirez's finger was tightly wrapped and he tweeted an update after a quick and silent exit from the clubhouse.

"Finger OK, thank God. Thanks for the worry and support. Love you, fans. #AttitudeisEverything #Dodgers #LetsKeepWinning #iSeeYou #WeRolling."

Rolling for sure. The Dodgers are 8-4 since manager Don Mattingly called out his club for selfish play. They have trimmed the Giants' division lead from 9 1/2 games to five and at 4-1 have clinched their first winning homestand of the year with a chance for a series sweep in Wednesday night's finale. Kenley Jansen picked up his 20th save and third in the last five games.

Greinke battled through six innings of damage control, pitching out of three serious jams to raise his record to 9-3 and tie for the league lead in victories.

"Definitely a tough game for me," said Greinke. "Guys on base it seemed every inning, a lot of foul balls, two-strike counts and guys fighting stuff off. A lot of pitches, tough pitches. It's a tough team to strike out."

"That's what the real good ones do. When they get into some trouble, they bend but they don't break usually," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss. "That was Greinke, certainly."

Greinke stranded seven Colorado runners and lowered his ERA to 2.57 as he bids for a second All-Star berth, his first coming in 2009, the year he won the American League Cy Young Award for Kansas City.

"This time I'm making pitches and letting the team help me out," said Greinke. "It's been good, but nowhere near that year."

Miguel Rojas, who helped keep the Rockies off the scoreboard with a slick fielding play in the top of the third, led off the bottom of the inning with a single and scored ahead of Ramirez's two-out homer to right off Jhoulys Chacin. Ramirez has 27 RBIs in his last 31 games.

Kemp opened the bottom of the fourth inning with one of his towering, carrying blasts that cleared the fence in left field. During a six-game hitting streak, Kemp is 10-for-23 and he's 16-for-40 since June 6. With the home run, he moved past Raul Mondesi into sixth on the all-time Los Angeles Dodgers list with 164.

"I didn't even know I had passed Raul Mondesi," said Kemp. "To be named with a guy like that, who did so much, an All-Star, it's humbling. I'm excited about it and hopefully I've got a lot more years to go to keep playing well and to pass a lot of other guys."

Pedro Guerrero is next with 171.

The first three Rockies reached safely in the sixth inning. Troy Tulowitzki singled up the middle, took second on a wild pitch, Justin Morneau walked and Drew Stubbs loaded the bases when his bloop single fell in front of Kemp in shallow left field.

Wilin Rosario hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Yasiel Puig, whose throw to third base just missed getting Morneau and electrified the crowd, but by missing the cutoff man it allowed Stubbs to advance to second base as the tying run. But Greinke controlled the damage, striking out Ryan Wheeler and getting DJ LeMahieu on a comebacker.

J.P. Howell took over in the seventh and allowed a double to pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge, who took third on Charlie Blackmon's groundout. Dickerson then smoked his one-hopper that took a bite out of Ramirez's bare hand, the ball caroming into shallow center field while Dickerson hustled for a double and Ramirez driven from the game.

Brandon League came on to retire Tulowitzki on a groundout before walking Morneau intentionally. Stubbs' soft liner deflected off League's glove right to second baseman Dee Gordon, who booted it for his second error in three games, loading the bases. League got Rosario on a forceout to escape.

Triunfel, called up Saturday, replaced Ramirez at shortstop and provided an insurance run with his first Major League homer with one out in the seventh inning off rookie Tommy Kahnle. Triunfel had only one home run in 51 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this year. Comments