Ricky Nolasco pitched six strong innings, Carl Crawford had a two-run single among three hits to spark the offense in the absence of injured catalyst Yasiel Puig, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
Puig, who is batting .351 with 14 homers and 32 RBI in 80 games in his first season in the majors, was rested a day after he aggravated a right knee strain. He remains day to day.
''I'm not going to run him out there till he's ready, `til he's feeling he's going to be able to play full speed because he's not really a guy that plays half speed very well,'' Mattingly said. ''Once he gets out there and feels like he can turn it loose, then we'll turn him loose.''
Nolasco (12-9) allowed two runs and five hits in improving to 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his 11 starts since coming to the Dodgers on July 6 in a trade with Miami. He struck out five and walked one.
Crawford went 3 for 5 and Nick Punto added four singles for the N...