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LOS ANGELES -- If not for a stellar pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers would be in the midst of a slump.

The Dodgers have scored more than four runs just once in seven games so far this month, but with help from their pitchers, they won four times during that stretch.

The bats did just enough Tuesday, with Justin Turner's three-run, first-inning homer and Trayce Thompson's walk-off shot in the ninth producing a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

The three-game series is tied at a game apiece heading into the finale Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles owns the fourth-best staff ERA in the majors (3.40), but the Dodgers' on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.687) ranks a woeful 26th.

"There's a lot of guys in here, myself included, who haven't kind of hit their track record," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We're all on the cusp of being there. The young guys have been carrying us -- Trayce, Corey (Seager) and Joc (Pederson) -- those guys have been consistent pretty much all year. So we're relying on those guys right now and hoping that the rest of us veterans kind of get back to our norms.

"It's a long summer and things will heat up here in Dodger Stadium."

The Dodgers also are 26th in the major leagues in batting average, hitting .234 as a team, and they are marginally better in on-base percentage, as their .309 mark stands 23rd.

However, they may have their opportunity on Wednesday in the series finale when Colorado's Chris Rusin takes the mound.

The struggling left-hander comes into the game with a 1-4 record and a 4.62 ERA. He hasn't won since April 13.

Rusin began the season strong, giving up only three runs through 16 innings in April for a 1.69 ERA, but he subsequently fell off. In five starts since the beginning of May, he is 0-4 with a 7.07 ERA.

He will oppose Kenta Maeda, who dominated the Rockies earlier this season when he struck out eight batters in a 4-1 win at Coors Field. Maeda, a 28-year-old right-hander from Japan, has just one quality start in his past six outings, which came on Friday in a win against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium.

It was the first time Maeda pitched into the seventh inning since April 28, and it came after extended rest.

The Rockies have put up good offensive numbers in this series, but manager Walt Weiss would like to see them capitalize on opportunities in the finale. In order to earn their first series victory since mid-May against the New York Mets, Colorado can't be tentative.

"We were one big hit away from taking a lead (Tuesday)," Weiss said. "We had a couple of opportunities, but the (Los Angeles) bullpen came in and did a really nice job."

The sweep of the Mets still stands as only the fourth series win this season for Colorado. The Rockies have won consecutive games only once since then, going 7-14 since the Mets left Coors Field.

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