The Dodgers are so hot right now, they can do no wrong.

Wait, check that.

The Dodgers are so hot, they can get blasted for 18 hits — and ace Clayton Kershaw can be far less than ordinary — and still manage to win.

The Rockies discovered that Monday afternoon in a 10-8 loss at Coors Field. Los Angeles, riding one of the greatest streaks in baseball history, won for the 52nd time in its last 65 games. The Dodgers are 28-5 in their last 33 road games.

Of course, Rockies pitchers did their part to contribute to the Big Blue streak. They were battered like piñatas, getting tagged for 15 hits.

"I was really, really happy with the way we battled today," manager Walt Weiss said. "We were a little short-handed and beat up on the bench, but we battled."

Josh Rutledge of the Colorado Rockies rounds second base after stealing on a wild pitch by Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. More photos.
Josh Rutledge of the Colorado Rockies rounds second base after stealing on a wild pitch by Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. More photos. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

Rockies rallied for two runs in the eighth on back-to-back doubles by Charlie Blackmon and pinch-hitter Corey Dickerson and a single by Josh Rutledge. Dickerson was removed from the game because of tendinitis in his left knee and replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Chatwood. The rally cut the Dodgers' lead to 8-7, but L.A. rebounded with a two-run ninth off Matt Belisle.

In Colorados' final at-bat, Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario hit his 21st homer, a solo blast to right field off closer Kenley Jansen, but it wasn't enough.

Kershaw, the leading candidate for the National League Cy Young award, took the mound at Coors Field with a minuscule 1.72 ERA, having gone 8-3 with a 1.29 ERA since June 26. But he was very hittable Monday, the Rockies socking him for five runs on 11 hits — the most hits he's ever given up at Coors. The five earned runs Kershaw surrendered Monday were the most he's given up this season. Yet, he still picked up his 14th win.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, wraps his throwing arm while talking with catcher A.J. Ellis after retiring the Rockies in the fourth
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, wraps his throwing arm while talking with catcher A.J. Ellis after retiring the Rockies in the fourth inning of a game in Denver. More photos. (David Zalubowski, The Associated Press)

"It's disappointing, but at least we battled," third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "I made a couple of (mistakes) that cost us, and maybe they wouldn't have had that many run if I didn't make them."

Rockies starter Chad Bettis, in the midst of a late-summer audition for next season's starting rotation, wiggled in and out of trouble until fifth when he was charged with three runs, the killer blow a two-out, two-run single by Kershaw. Bettis needed 105 pitches to maneuver 4 innings in which he gave up five runs on eight hits.

"Being as inefficient as I was today was just not acceptable," Bettis said. "Throwing 105 pitches (in 4 2-3 innings) is not acceptable to me. I would have li ed to see the first couple of innings could differently, but you have to move on."

The Rockies tied the game 5-5 in the fifth on a RBI-double by Nolan Arenado and a run-scoring single by Jordan Pacheco. But starter-turned-reliever Jeff Manship gave the lead right back in the sixth, yielding a sacrifice fly to Hanley Ramirez, followed by a two-run homer to right by Andre Ethier.

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Looking ahead

Dodgers' Ricky Nolasco (11-9, 3.26 ERA) at Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin (13-7, 3.08), 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, ROOT; 850 AM

What does Jhoulys Chacin do for an encore? The right-hander is coming off the best game of his career, coming within seven outs of a no-hitter in the Rockies' 5-4 victory over the Giants. Every pitch in Chacin's arsenal was working that day, and he said he had never commanded his curveball better. Since July 9, Chacin has been one of the National League's best pitchers, throwing nine quality starts in 10 outings, with a 2.11 ERA. The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez has hit Chacin hard, going 6-for-10.

Wednesday: Dodgers' Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.97 ERA) at Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa (15-6, 3.33), 6:40 p.m., ROOT

Thursday: Off

Friday: Rockies' Juan Nicasio (8-7, 4.82) at Padres' Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.45), 8:10 p.m., ROOT

Saturday: Rockies' TBA at Padres' Tyson Ross (3-7, 2.99), 6:40 p.m., ROOT

Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post