Kershaw, homers carry Dodgers past Rockies

Denver, CO ( - Howie Kendrick homered and drove in four runs, and Joc Pederson highlighted a big sixth inning with a three-run homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Colorado Rockies 11-4 on Monday.

Clayton Kershaw (4-3) picked up his first road win of the season thanks to seven effective innings on the hill and a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. The left-hander allowed just two runs on five hits and contributed to the offensive onslaught with an RBI single during a six-run sixth frame.

Adrian Gonzalez accounted for four of the Dodgers' 18 hits, while Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins both hit solo homers as the club bounced back from a weekend series loss to the Cardinals.

"We had a lot of guys swing the (bat) well tonight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "It's good to see."

The Rockies, trying to win five straight for the first time this season, found little success offensively against Kershaw save for Nolan Arenado's two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Kyle Kendrick (2-7) was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits in losing to the Dodgers for the third time this year. He settled down after serving up home runs to Ethier and Rollins in the second inning, but the Dodgers chased the right-hander in the sixth.

"I thought he battled with what he had and got to a point in the game where he put us in pretty good position," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Kendrick.

Ethier legged out a leadoff triple and scored on an Enrique Hernandez base hit, and Kershaw knocked in Rollins with a single to left. Pederson stepped in with two on later in the inning and sent one that landed near the same spot as Arenado's blast to straightaway center.

Kendrick added an RBI single then took Christian Bergman deep for a three-run homer in the eighth.

The Rockies scratched two runs across against David Huff in their half of the eighth courtesy of Troy Tulowitzki's RBI fielder's choice and Wilin Rosario's run-scoring single.

Game Notes

Every Dodgers starter had at least one hit ... Arenado has homered in three straight games and in six of eight overall ... Ethier passed Matt Kemp for fifth place on the LA Dodgers' RBI list (649) ... Kershaw improved to 16-5 in his career against the Rockies ... The Dodgers lead the season series 8-2 ... This four-game set continues with a doubleheader on Tuesday.