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SF@COL: Chacin pitches eight scoreless innings

The Dodgers hope to have Yasiel Puig available as they go for a sweep of the Rockies at Coors Field on Thursday.

Puig, named the National League Player of the Month for June on Wednesday, collided with the wall in right field and was removed from Wednesday's game in the bottom of the sixth inning because of a bruised left hip. The Cuban sensation is day to day after X-rays on his left leg were negative.

If the Dodgers don't have Puig in the finale of the three-game series, their lineup will still be formidable. Hanley Ramirez arguably is hitting the ball harder than Puig, and was 4-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in Wednesday's 10-8 win. The shortstop is hitting .500 (27-for-54) with five doubles, six homers and 16 RBIs during a 14-game hit streak.

Adrian Gonzalez also went deep Wednesday for the second time in as many games, as the Dodgers improved to 10-1 over their past 11 games. The recent surge has brought Los Angeles out of the bottom of the NL West and within 2 1/2 games of Arizona.

"All that's great, but we've got to keep winning," Gonzalez said. "We can't depend on other teams losing."

The Dodgers will look to continue their hot streak with Chris Capuano on the mound. The left-hander hopes to rebound from a rough outing against the Phillies on Friday, when he went 3 1/3 innings in a 16-1 loss, the worst defeat in the history of Dodger Stadium. Capuano is 2-5 with a 4.20 ERA at Coors Field, where he has lost his past three decisions.

Thursday will be the Dodgers' final game without Carl Crawford, who is expected to return from the disabled list and join the team in San Francisco on Friday. Crawford projects to return to left field and bat leadoff.

The Rockies are also juggling their outfield, with center fielder Dexter Fowler sidelined by a bruised right hand. Manager Walt Weiss said Corey Dickerson and Tyler Colvin will share playing time in center field.

Dickerson, who made his Major League debut last month, started on Wednesday and was 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.

"I know Corey can play up here, he can hit up here," Weiss said. "He'll get some opportunities. Tyler's going to get opportunities. So we'll mix and match with those guys."

Colorado has dropped three games in a row and will look to turn things around behind right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who has won four straight starts. Chacin is 6-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Dodgers, including 12 starts.

Dodgers: Marmol has yet to report
The Dodgers are still waiting for newly acquired reliever Carlos Marmol to join the club.

Marmol was acquired on Tuesday from the Cubs in exchange for reliever Matt Guerrier. The Dodgers also received $290,700 in international signing bonus room.

"I haven't heard anything to suggest he won't report in the next 48 hours," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Wednesday.

General manager Ned Colletti said he spoke by phone with Marmol, who was in his native Dominican Republic, after completing the trade. Chicago designated Marmol for assignment last week.

The Dodgers want Marmol to accept a Minor League assignment to work on mechanical flaws, and whatever roster maneuvers undertaken Wednesday (likely outright waivers) would make that assignment possible if he cleared waivers and accepted the assignment. If he rejects the assignment, the Dodgers must either bring Marmol to the Major Leagues or let him become a free agent.

Marmol, 30, was 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA in 31 games with Chicago this year. He struck out 32 in 27 2/3 innings, but walked 21.

Rockies: Fowler confident
Fowler is on pace for his most productive season in his career, and believes his bruised right hand won't prevent him from slowing down.

He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to June 26, but hopes to be activated when he's eligible on July 11.

"It's not structural damage," Fowler said. "It's just a bone bruise. It's going to be sore for a while and it's just a matter of what you can handle. Right now, it's just I don't want it to get any worse when it's getting better. So I think the best thing to do is rest it."

In 70 games, Fowler hit .291 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs and 26 RBIs.

Worth noting
• Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp homered in the ninth inning on Wednesday, his third of the season and first since May 20.

• Injured Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is progressing from a broken rib, according to Weiss, but is still not swinging a bat and continues to field ground balls.

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