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In the first inning, both teams would score, however the Dodgers quadrupled the run output of the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez, batting third, hit a homer that just squeaked over the left field wall. The Rockies looked to be getting off to a good start, but the Dodgers quickly retaliated.
After a single and with one out, Justin Turner smacked a high pitch out to left to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. They scored two more runs, both unearned, after the Dodgers put runners at second and third from a walk, stolen base, and error. Austin Barnes then singled in both runners and the Dodgers were up 4-1 early.
Yu Darvish was cruising for a couple of innings, striking out six batters after Carlos Gonzalez’s home run. He would run into trouble in the fifth though and this is when the Rockies would get back in the game. After an Alexia Amarista double and a Jonathan Lucroy walk, the Rockies would be in business with one out. Darvish allowed both to advance on a wild pitch and then both scored on Raimel Tapia’s bloop double.
Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu followed that double up with RBI doubles of their own and the Rockies took a 5-4 lead. After the Rockies scored, the bullpen did a fantastic job of keeping the Dodgers down and handing them the loss. Antonio Senzatela, Chris Rusin, Pat Neshek, and Greg Holland shut the game down, allowing one hit and three walks over the final five innings.
Greg Holland worked a perfect and quick ninth inning to give the Dodgers the loss, their eighth straight. The Rockies have a three game lead in the wild card and gained their first game on the Diamondbacks in over two weeks. They are still six games back so the first wild card spot is not really in the picture, but if they hold on they will play the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
The Rockies go for their fourth straight and the series win on Saturday night as they send Chad Bettis to the mound. He will face off against Alex Wood who is still an excellent pitcher, but has not kept up his Cy Young pace that he had earlier in the year.