Not even Coors Field has been able to slow down Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who once again will try to tame the Rockies' bats at mile-high altitude.
Kershaw and the National League West-leading Dodgers open a three-game set Monday against the Rockies and right-hander Chad Bettis, as Los Angeles tries to extend its four-game winning streak.
Kershaw continues his quest for a second NL Cy Young Award against a team he has dominated on the road this season. Kershaw has a 1.69 ERA in two starts at Coors Field, including a shutout in July.
The lefty was saddled with the loss in his last outing against the Cubs, allowing two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings.
"They fought him pretty good," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the Cubs' approach against Kershaw. "Even on the strikeouts and outs, they fouled off a lot of balls. He wasn't quite as sharp as he's been."
Bettis, a fellow Texan, opposes Kershaw on Monday in his seventh career start. The 24-year-old righty's first taste of the Majors has been a learning experience.
"I think at the Double-A level, I was starting to learn how to pitch. And then now up here, it's tenfold [what] it was down there just because you're expected to win games here, so that's what we're trying to do," Bettis said. "You have to learn how to pitch at this level, get that experience you need to get to start winning games."
Bettis, who allowed four runs in six innings in his last start against Baltimore, has learned he needs to focus on getting through one inning at a time.
"There's things that I'm taking away from each start that I'm trying to apply to the next one and trying to keep my team in it as long as I can," Bettis said.
Dodgers: Young to join team in Denver
Infielder Michael Young, acquired Saturday from Philadelphia, will join the Dodgers on Monday.
"We keep adding depth and try to improve in any way we came. Young comes with a sterling reputation. a good person, good guy, good teammate," Mattingly said. "We're not trying to kick [Adrian Gonzalez] off first base. It could [be disruptive] if you just start throwing them out there and they take somebody's job that's doing well. It reminds me how I'm surprised at how much the team changes from Spring Training to the end of the season."
• Eight of Los Angeles' 10 sweeps have come since June 24.
Rockies: Rutledge returns
Infielder Josh Rutledge returned from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday as the first addition to the expanded roster. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter. Rutledge had a great rookie season in 2012, but struggled early this year.
"It's hard to convince a player that it's not a demotion, because that's how you see it as a player," manager Walt Weiss said of sending Rutledge down earlier in the season. "I can understand that. I think you got to look at the big picture and that's what we tend to do as a staff, look at the bigger picture and his path to the big leagues and how much of a fast track it was. Looking at not only the present but how this kid fits down the road and how you project guys and all that stuff goes into it."
• Twenty-six of the Dodgers' final 29 games are against division foes.
Monday: Bettis (0-3, 4.80 ERA) vs. Kershaw (13-8, 1.72)
Tuesday: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (13-7, 3.08) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (11-9, 3.26)
Wednesday: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (15-6, 3.33) vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5, 3.02)