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Colorado Rockies 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 0: Stephen Cardullo hits first career home run in shutout win

Tyler Anderson pitched 6 1⁄3 shutout innings as the Rockies blanked the Dodgers for the second time this season.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies - Game One Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

DENVER — Stephen Cardullo hit his first career home run and Tyler Anderson pitched 6 13 scoreless innings as the Colorado Rockies shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-0.

Cardullo pinch hit for Rockies reliever Chris Rusin in the bottom of the seventh and drove Casey Fien’s 2-2 pitch into the first row of the stands in center field. Not only was it his first career home run, it also came on his 29th birthday.

“What a special feeling,” Cardullo said. “Probably my first home run on my birthday and for it to be my first major league home run, definitely a special feeling.”

Cardullo’s home run made it 4-0 in the seventh thanks in large part to the work of starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, who pitched 6 13 shutout innings, allowing six hits and a pair of walks while striking out five, dropping his ERA to 3.43 on the season in 89 13 innings.

“He was in complete control of the strike zone, adding, subtracting with all of his pitches,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

The Rockies got a solid effort throughout their lineup, with seven different players driving in runs and six players scoring, but the unsung hero was shortstop Cristhian Adames, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored.

“It’s good to see Cristhian have a good day today, he’s a good player who’s been in a tough role this season,” Weiss said.

The Rockies will now look to sweep the doubleheader and the series tonight at 6:10 p.m. Mountain time as Jeff Hoffman takes on Bud Norris.