Matt Kemp homered twice, Joe Blanton pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers climbed within two games of the second NL wild-card spot with a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
The Dodgers' fourth straight victory, coupled with St. Louis' 10-inning loss to Washington, kept the Dodgers clinging to their postseason hopes with four games left.
After this weekend, Los Angeles finishes up with a three-game series against NL West champion San Francisco. The defending World Series champion Cardinals close out the regular season with a three-game set at home against West champion Cincinnati.
The loss was the Rockies' 96th, breaking the franchise record set in their inaugural 1993 season and equaled in 2005. They have to win one of their final four games to avoid joining the Houston Astros in the 100-loss club.
Blanton (10-13) scattered seven hits over six-plus innings, struck out six and walked none. The Rockies got only one runner a...