As was the case in Friday’s win, the Los Angeles Dodgers jumped out to an early lead. Yasiel Puig hit a leadoff single and was able to advance to second base on an error by Josh Rutledge. Puig then scored on a Hanley Ramirez RBI double to left-center. Juan Uribe added to the lead with a two-out RBI single.
However unlike Friday, the Dodgers’ lead wouldn’t last very long. Dan Haren allowed a single and ground-rule double to the first two batters he faced. Haren got Nolan Arenado to ground out to short, but a run scored on the play. After striking out Justin Morneau, Haren gave up a game-tying single to Wilin Rosario.
Haren managed to make up for his rough first inning by striking out the side in the second, but found himself in more trouble in the third inning. With the game still tied, Morneau hit a two-out ground rule double. Rosario collected his second RBI of the game with a single to left and the Rockies led, 3-2. Drew Stubbs followed with a two-run home run and the Rockies carried a 5-2 lead into the fourth.
A.J. Ellis and Miguel Rojas both walked with two outs, but nothing would come of it as Haren struck out to end the inning. Corey Dickerson hit a solo home run in the fifth and the Dodgers deficit grew to four runs. De La Rosa got three ground ball outs in the sixth as the Dodgers continued to go hitless since the first inning.
Stubbs reached on an infield single in the bottom of the sixth, then took second on a balk call. Not content with simply being in scoring position, Stubbs promptly stole third base. Charlie Culberson drove him in with an RBI triple and the Rockies lead grew to 7-2.
Jamey Wright relieved Haren and allowed an RBI infield single to pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies led 8-2 headed to the seventh. Nick Masset took over for De La Rosa and the Dodgers mounted a comeback.
Ellis led off the inning with a ground rule double and Rojas drew a walk. Clint Robinson pinch-hit for Wright and delivered an RBI single. With runners on the corners, Puig doubled to right-center, scoring Rojas and moving Robinson to third, who then scored on a wild pitch and the Dodgers trailed 8-5.
Masset was then removed from the game with an apparent foot injury and he was replaced by Boone Logan. The hitting spree continued as Ramirez hit an RBI single that pulled the Dodgers within two runs. After Logan walked Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to load the bases with two outs, Adam Ottavino got Uribe hit into a double play that scored Ramirez.
J.P. Howell kept the Dodgers within one run by retiring the side in order in bottom of the seventh. Dee Gordon pinch-hit for Howell, singled to center with one out and stole second base. Puig and Ramirez were unable to cash in however and the Dodgers continued to trail.
Brandon League similarly threw a scoreless eighth inning, but the Dodgers couldn’t tie in the game in the ninth and fell to the Rockies, 8-7.
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