The Los Angeles Dodgers kicked off their seven-game road trip with a win Friday and looked to keep the Colorado Rockies stuck in a losing streak Saturday.

Winless this season, Jhoulys Chacin took the mound for the Rockies and retired the Dodgers in order in the first inning, which was a far cry from how the Rockies fared in the first inning Friday night. Zack Greinke matched Chacin in the bottom of the first by sitting the Rockies down in order.

Matt Kemp singled to center in the second inning and attempted to stretch it to a double as Drew Stubbs momentarily bobbled the ball, but was thrown out. Troy Tulowitzki reached on an infield single in the bottom of the second and tagged to take second on a Justin Morneau foul out down the left field line.

Tulowitzki’s awareness paid off as Michael McKenry followed with an RBI single to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Greinke attempted to help himself the following inning with a two-out double, but he was stranded as Dee Gordon grounded out to end the top of the third. Puig drew a one-out walk in the fourth inning, however the Dodgers weren’t able to capitalize as Adrian Gonzalez hit into an inning-ending double play.

Gordon was removed from the game in the bottom of the fourth with hip discomfort as Greinke kept the Rockies stuck on one run. Yasiel Puig was then removed in the fifth with a hip flexor and the Rockies used four singles to score two runs and take a 3-0 lead.

Hanley Ramirez walked in the sixth and that was followed by a Scott Van Slyke single to put two on for Gonzalez, but the Dodger first baseman remained stuck in his slump and struck out to end the inning. Tulowitzki and Morneau hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the sixth with no outs as the Rockies threatened to add to their three-run lead.

Greinke then induced a double play and after walking Ryan Wheeler, struck out Josh Rutledge to get out of the jam. Kemp sparked a rally for the Dodgers in the seventh as he got the inning started with a walk. Andre Ethier followed with a single to put runners on the corners for Justin Turner

Turner got the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single to left that also knocked Chacin out of the game. Nick Masset came on in relief and allowed a three-run home run Tim Federowicz on the first pitch. The Dodgers’ 4-3 lead would be short lived as Stubbs reached on a two-out infield single, took second on Turner’s throwing error and scored on Corey Dickerson’s RBI single to center.

Kemp attempted to ignite the Dodgers again in the eighth with a leadoff triple, which was his first three-base hit of the season. The triple was followed by three ground outs and the game remained tied.

Brandon Legaue relieved Greinke in the bottom of the eighth and allowed consecutive singles with two outs that put runners on the corners, but the right-hander then got Culberson to end the inning on a ground out. Gonzalez had an opportunity to the put the Dodgers ahead in the ninth as he came up with two men on for the third time in the game, but he hit weakly back to box for the third out.

With J.P. Howell on the mound in the ninth, DJ LeMahieu singled but was then picked off first base for the second out. Howell then got a grounder and the Dodgers went to their 11th extra innings game. A Turner single would be all the Dodgers got in the 10th and Chris Perez came on in the bottom of the inning and allowed a walk-off RBI triple to Brandon Barnes with two outs.
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  1. thomas Rickard

    This guy must get paid to put positive spin to losing, my question for today, is it better to be “the best of the worst or the worst of the best?”

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