Whatever disappointment the Rockies had from blowing an early four-run lead and losing to the Giants, 12-10, in 11 innings Wednesday was tempered by the big picture.
Manager Walt Weiss wants to dominate at home and at least hold their own on the road, especially within the National League West. The Rockies are 8-4 at Coors Field. Their first road trip within the division (San Francisco and San Diego) yielded a 3-4 record, with three of the losses by one run and one by two.
That brings the Rockies to Friday's opener of three against the Dodgers and six within the NL West. Righty Jordan Lyles (3-0, 3.04 ERA) will start the opener against Dodgers righty Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.57).
"We won another series, that's the way we've got to look at it," Weiss said after Wednesday's game. "We are a team with confidence. The energy in the dugout is good, even when we're down. Even being down four in that last [11th] inning with [Giants closer Sergio] Romo in the game, there was still a lot of energy, guys feeling like we could put something together and win a game."
Lyles lost his only career start at Dodger Stadium, as a rookie on Aug. 14, 2011 -- a 7-0 decision during which he gave up seven earned runs on seven hits, including three home runs, in 5 1/3 innings.
This season, his first with the Rockies, Lyles has won three straight to match his career high, May 22-June 18 last year.
Rockies: Blackmon still hasn't been slowed
The Rockies generated more than enough offense, under normal circumstances, on Wednesday, and outfielder Charlie Blackmon, hitting .410 this season, was a big part of it.
Blackmon knocked his fifth home run, which ties him with Justin Morneau for the team lead. He has appeared in parts of three previous seasons, and his six homers last year are his career high. He also has a career best with homers in three straight games.
Additionally, Blackmon scored four runs Wednesday and drove in three. Both tie career highs established earlier this season.
Dodgers: Jansen ready to help struggling bullpen
The Dodgers expect to have closer Kenley Jansen available for the series opener. Jansen, after pitching five of the previous six days, was not available Thursday night and his replacement, Brian Wilson, was roughed up for four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to Philadelphia.
Jansen heads a bullpen that has been charged with seven of the Dodgers' 10 losses this year. They are 1-4 in extra-inning games.
With ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list since the second day of the season, the ripple effect has led to overuse of the relievers. In turn, the Dodgers have added an eighth reliever at the expense of a 13th position player.
That left manager Don Mattingly so thin Thursday night that, with the score tied, 3-3, in the bottom of the eighth inning, he let reliever Chris Perez bat (and strike out), before bringing in Wilson to pitch the ninth.
"I was just down to my last guys, and it was two outs and nobody on," said Mattingly. "I couldn't burn the last guy then."
• For all the Rockies' road struggles last year (29-52), they were 6-4 at Dodger Stadium and won the season series with the NL West champs, 10-9.
• The Dodgers are 5-7 at home and 3-4 on this homestand.
• With three hits Thursday, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is two shy of 1,500.
• Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has a career-best 14-game hit streak during which he is hitting .345 with five doubles, two home runs (in his last two games), eight RBIs and six runs.