Just when doubts about his ability to hit were resurfacing, Dee Gordon did something Monday night that no other player on the Dodgers can do.

Had it happened in Little League, Gordon would have been credited with an inside-the-park home run in the third inning of the Dodgers' 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Officially, the play went in the scorebook as a triple for Gordon and an error on left fielder Charlie Blackmon.

Whatever it was called, it was electrifying.

Gordon hit a liner past diving third baseman Charlie Cluberson into the left-field corner and rocketed around the bases as Blackmon fumbled the ball. Gordon could have reached the plate standing.

Dodger Stadium exploded. The fans stood and applauded. Gordon's teammates danced in the dugout, then added another run that inning, as Matt Kemp's single drove in Hanley Ramirez to double the Dodgers' lead to 2-0.

The game was a reminder of why the Dodgers have remained patient with the speedy player who lost his position as their everyday shortstop two years ago.

For Gordon, this came at what could be a crucial juncture in the season.