Puig is day-to-day with a bruised left hip suffered in the Dodgers' 10-8 win Wednesday. He left the game an inning after running into the right-field wall to track down Nolan Arenado 's flyball in the fifth. A precautionary X-ray was negative.
"He just plays like that," manager Don Mattingly said. "They kind of warned us coming up he plays like that and he's going to get hurt."
The 22-year-old Puig, named NL player and rookie of the month for June, was 1 for 3 with an RBI before exiting. He's hitting .440 with an OPS of 1.209 in 28 games.
But Ramirez served as the star Wednesday, going 4 for 5, scoring three runs and finishing a triple short of the cycle to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. During the streak, he's 27 for 54 with 16 RBIs while posting a 1.460 OPS.
"Hanley's just a beast," Mattingly said. "He seems to be on a mission this year. He had a rough start to the year being hurt, but he's been focused all year."
Ramirez isn't the only hot bat for the Dodgers (40-43), whose 10th win in 11 games pulled them into a tie with Colorado (41-44) for second in the NL West and kept them 2 1/2 games back of Arizona.
Adrian Gonzalez , who homered for the second straight game Wednesday, has four homers over his last 11 games while slugging .628. While A.J. Ellis is 7 for 16 in his last four games, Matt Kemp has driven in a run in three straight and homered Wednesday for the first time since returning from a strained hamstring June 25.
Los Angeles tagged Chacin (7-3, 3.59 ERA) for five runs and nine hits over six innings in a 7-6, 10-inning loss June 1. But Chacin has been much less vulnerable recently, winning four straight starts while posting a 1.26 ERA in 28 2-3 innings. The right-hander hasn't surrendered a home run during that stretch and has held opponents scoreless over his last 15 innings.
A more aggressive approach seems to be behind Chacin's improvement. He averaged 15.5 pitches per inning through his first 12 outings, throwing seven innings twice and never going any deeper. In Chacin's last three starts, he's gone 8 2-3, seven, and eight innings, respectively, while needing 11.6 pitches per inning.
"I've just been trying to throw strikes. I've been trying to attack the hitter and make them swing," said Chacin, who is 6-5 with a 3.50 ERA against the Dodgers. "That's what I've been doing the last three or four starts. Everything has been working out and my fastball has been strong."
Los Angeles scheduled starter Chris Capuano (2-5, 4.72) had not allowed a run in back-to-back starts before getting ripped for seven in 3 2-3 innings of a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.
The left-hander now looks to reverse his fortune against Colorado. He was 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in his first six career outings versus the Rockies, but in eight starts since he's 1-6 with a 6.11 ERA.
Carlos Gonzalez , who went 2 for 4 on Wednesday with his NL-leading 23rd home run, is 3 for 13 off Capuano.
Ellis is 6 for 12 off Chacin while Gonzalez is 3 for 4, but Kemp is 5 for 28 with nine strikeouts and Ramirez is 0 for 3.
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|June 12, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Strained shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 11, 2013||Scott Van Slyke||15-Day DL||Left shoulder bursitis|
|June 08, 2013||Ted Lilly||Day-to-Day||Neck discomfort|
|June 07, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 05, 2013||Ted Lilly||15-Day DL||Neck sprain|
|June 29, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb|
|June 26, 2013||Dexter Fowler||15-Day DL||Right wrist soreness|
|June 23, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg cramps|
|June 14, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||15-Day DL||Fractured rib, right ribcage|
|June 13, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Broken rib|
|June 13, 2013||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Hand|
DENVER (AP) -- His team-record hitting streak halted, Michael Cuddyer went in the other day for a much-needed haircut and shave.
A new look for a new streak.
Sure, this one is only in its infancy - a mere two games - but coupled with his 27-game streak that was snapped on Tuesday, he's now hit in 29 of his last 30 games.
Cuddyer remains in a groove at the plate, hitting a solo homer and driving in three runs to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Thursday night.
The only pitcher to silence his bat was Clayton Kershaw , when he kept Cuddyer hitless in four plate appearances.
"Ran into the best pitcher in baseball and he pitched like it," said Cuddyer, who added a two-run double on Thursday as the Rockies avoided being swept by Los Angeles in the three-game series. "Throughout that whole streak, the whole season, really, I've treated each at-bat the same, every pitch the same. I've really been keeping my focus. Just because the streak ended, doesn't mean my focus went anywhere."
Manager Walt Weiss couldn't agree more.
"Cuddy keeps on rolling," he said. "He keeps on plugging away."
As for his other outfielder, Weiss remains optimistic that Carlos Gonzalez will be fine after he left the game in the sixth inning with a strained upper back. Gonzalez apparently hurt his back while striking out in the fifth.
"He said he's done it before. We're not too concerned," Weiss said. "It was enough of an issue to get him out of there."
The Dodgers struggled to drive in runners against Jhoulys Chacin (8-3), a night after setting season highs in runs (10) and hits (17). The hard-throwing righty pitched out of trouble time and again, giving up four runs in 5 2-3 innings.
"Wasn't my better game," Chacin said. "But the team picked me up, scored runs for me."
Yasiel Puig was in the lineup a day after leaving the contest early with a bruised hip after crashing into the wall. He finished 1 for 5 with an RBI as the Dodgers had their four-game winning streak halted.
Matt Kemp had a two-run homer, Adrian Gonzalez contributed four hits, including a solo homer in the ninth, and Hanley Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the last inning.
Chris Capuano (2-6) had an uncharacteristic rough outing on the road, giving up six runs, five earned, and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. Capuano had a 1.35 ERA away from Dodger Stadium before Thursday.
"It's frustrating," Capuano said. "I felt I was a pitch or two away from containing it."
Mixing a four-seam fastball with a swooping slider, Chacin got off to a rough start before finding his rhythm to win his fifth straight start. He was taken out after allowing an RBI single to Puig in the sixth.
Colorado got to Capuano in the third, scoring four times to grab a 5-2 lead. Cuddyer had the big hit in the inning, a two-run double over Kemp's head in deep center. But it wasn't without some theatrics.
With Josh Rutledge holding in between second and third to see if Kemp caught the ball, Gonzalez nearly passed his teammate before applying the brakes. Gonzalez then followed closely on the heels of Rutledge all the way to the plate, sliding in at home just under the tag.
Kemp put the Dodgers up 2-1 in the second, when he hit an 80-mph slider over the fence in center. It was his second straight night with a homer.
For Chacin, the homer to Kemp ended a career-best streak of 16 scoreless innings. Los Angeles had a chance for more damage, but Chacin struck out Mark Ellis and Puig to end the threat.
Chacin also wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, striking out Nick Punto to end the inning. Punto threw down his helmet and bat in frustration.
"That was a big strikeout," Weiss said. "We were at the point of the game, where it could've gone either way right there."
The night before, Los Angeles received a momentary scare when Puig jumped up to make a catch in right and smacked his left hip on a padded column below the scoreboard. Puig stayed down on the warning track for several minutes before jogging around the outfield. He remained in the game, but was taken out as a precaution the next inning.
"When you play like that, you'll end up getting banged up," manager Don Mattingly said. "You anticipate some of that stuff."
Puig is hitting .430 with eight homers since his debut on June 3. The 22-year-old has energized his teammates with his energy.
"Every day he impresses me," Ellis said. "He's been so big for us."
NOTES: Dodgers RHP Carlos Marmol may soon report to Triple-A Albuquerque. Marmol was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. ... Los Angeles will play in San Francisco on Friday night, with Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3) starting for the Dodgers. ... Colorado begins a 10-game road swing on Friday in Arizona. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki went through a light round of batting practice on Thursday with minimal pain from his broken rib and thinks he could be back soon, maybe even before the All-Star break. Tulowitzki leads the fan voting at his position for the All-Star Game and will attend, even if he can't play.