Making just his third career start, Colorado Rockies left-hander Yohan Flande sat the Los Angeles Dodgers down in order in the first inning. Josh Beckett walked a hitter in the bottom of the first, but that would be all for the Rockies.
Matt Kemp hit a leadoff single in the second and was quickly erased on a Scott Van Slyke double play. Juan Uribe reached on an infield single and Drew Butera followed with a single to center that put two on with two outs for Miguel Rojas. The game remained scoreless as Rojas hit into a fielder’s choice.
Drew Stubbs hit a two-out double in the second, but Beckett got DJ LeMahieu to ground out to end the inning. After Dee Gordon reached on an infield single with one out in the third, which was his 100th hit of the season, Yasiel Puig lined out and Adrian Gonzalez grounded out.
Beckett issued consecutive walks in the bottom of the third, with the latter being his third of the game and snapping the Dodger starters’ streak of 39 consecutive games with two walks or less — the longest in the modern era.
The Rockies then pulled off a double steal with two outs on a ball that appeared to be fouled tipped but was not ruled as such. Beckett escaped the jam by getting Justin Morneau to ground out. The Dodgers squandered another single in the fourth inning and the Rockies did the same as the pitcher’s duel carried into the fifth.
Somewhat fittingly, Beckett began a Dodgers rally in the fifth inning with a one-out double. Gordon followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Flande pitched around Puig and walked him to load the bases. After fouling off multiple pitchers, Gonzalez singled to center and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead.
Kemp immediately followed with an RBI single of his own and the Dodgers lead grew to 3-0. Flande walked Van Slyke to load the bases for a second time in the inning and that spelled the end of his day. Brooks Brown got Uribe hit a slow chopper to Nolan Arenado, who bare handed the ball and threw home home.
Gonzalez was originally ruled out by virtue of Wilin Rosario’s tag, but the ruling was overturned on manager Don Mattingly’s challenge and the Dodgers led 4-0 with the bases still loaded. Brown got Drew Butera to pop out, then hit Rojas with a pitch to send a runner home.
Beckett pitched a scoreless fifth fifth, then gave way to Chris Perez in the sixth, who ran into some trouble as Tulowitzki and Morneau reached on back-to-back singles to open the inning. Arenado hit a little flare that Gordon let drop in front of him with hopes of turning a double play.
Instead, the Dodgers got a force out at second, but Carlos Triunfel threw the ball away and a run scored. Arenado stole second and Perez walked Rosario, but stranded both runners as he retired the next two batters.
The Dodgers added to their lead behind an RBI double from Puig and a Gonzalez ground out that also scored a run. Kemp collected his fourth hit of the game with an RBI single and the Dodgers led 8-1 going into the bottom of the eighth.
Brian Wilson pitched the eighth for the Dodgers and allowed the first two batters he faced to reach. After a fly out, Wilson got Rosario to ground to Triunfel, who lost track of how many outs there were and threw to first rather than trying to turn an inning-ending double play.
The miscue allowed Tulowitzki to score and the Rockies trailed 8-2 at the end of eight. Paul Maholm pitched the ninth inning for the Dodgers as they won the series finale and took three of four from the Rockies.
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