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Corey Seager homered and had three hits, Edwin Rios also went deep and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the struggling Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Thursday night.

Mookie Betts had an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch during Los Angeles’ six-run seventh inning that put the Dodgers ahead 8-2. Los Angeles is 36-15, best in baseball, and increased its lead in the NL West to four games over idle San Diego with nine games remaining for each teams.

Dylan Floro (2-0) got the win with an inning of relief for starter Julio Urias.

Trevor Story homered for Colorado, which lost ground in the NL wild-card race. At 22-27, the Rockies are two games behind Philadelphia for the final postseason berth.

Colorado scored twice in the first to go up 2-0, but Seager led off the fourth with a homer, his 13th, to start the comeback. A hit by pitch with the bases loaded tied it, and LA blew it open in a sloppy seventh inning for the Rockies.

Betts singled to drive in a run, Seager had an RBI double, Will Smith hit a two-run double and a wild pitch by Carlos Estevez and a passed ball by Tony Wolters gave the Dodgers a sixth-run inning.

Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (2-2) took the loss despite being sharp early. He allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts said LHP Caleb Ferguson will have Tommy John surgery after a tear in his UCL was discovered during an MRI on Tuesday. … OF Joc Pederson (family medical emergency leave) will miss the weekend series against Colorado and may return early next week. “The goal is to get Joc back on Tuesday,” Roberts said.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Roberts said Friday will be a bullpen game and has not announced who will get the start.

Rockies: RHP Ryan Castellani (1-2, 4.46 ERA) will make his eighth start and ninth appearance of the season. The rookie went 4 1/3 innings in his only start against the Dodgers, Sept. 6 in LA, and got a no-decision into Colorado’s 7-6 win.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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