Dodgers host Rox in bid to close in on division

Dodgers host Rox in bid to close in on division

Brett Anderson and the Dodgers look to inch closer to a fourth straight National League West title as they take on Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies on Thursday.

Anderson will be making his third start of the season and his second since Aug. 20, after which he spent time of the 15-day disabled list with a left index finger blister. He only lasted a combined four innings in his two starts, giving up 11 runs on 14 hits with one strikeout, three walks, and three homers.

Chatwood has been excellent on the road this season -- his 1.77 road ERA paces qualifying Major League pitchers by more than 30 points. He had one of his best starts of the season at Dodger Stadium on June 6, when he limited Los Angeles to one run over eight one-hit innings. However, Chatwood has struggled of late, with at least six runs given up in three of his past four starts.

Entering Wednesday, the Dodgers have a five-game lead over the Giants in the NL West with 10 games remaining in the regular season. Los Angeles' last three games are in San Francisco.

Three things to know about this game

• Second baseman Chase Utley (3-for-12) and third baseman Justin Turner (2-for-10) have struggled against Chatwood, but no Dodgers batter has faced him more than Adrian Gonzalez, who is 6-for-22 (.273) with a homer and three walks.

• Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu extended his franchise record on-base streak to 37 games on Wednesday. The streak has helped raise his batting average to a Major League-leading .351.

• Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Wednesday. He joins Houston's Jose Altuve (five) and the Boston's Dustin Pedroia (six) as the only players in the Majors to have five or more hitting streaks of 10 or more games.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.