With a two-game losing streak in hand, the Los Angeles Dodgers hit the road to begin their six-game road trip in Colorado.
Making his return to the Rockies’ starting rotation after being banished to the bullpen, Franklin Morales held the Dodgers to one hit through two scoreless innings. Along with limiting the Dodgers to a Juan Uribe two-out single, Morales picked up three strikeouts over the first two innings of the game.
Zack Greinke was just as effective as he struck out two Rockies in the first inning and began a double play in the second with a leaping catch on a soft liner. After Troy Tulowitzki robbed Greinke of a single to leadoff the third inning, Dee Gordon dropped down a perfect bunt to reach safely.
Yasiel Puig grounded out to second but DJ LeMahieu couldn’t field the ball cleanly and his only play was at first base. It would come back to haunt the Rockies when Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI single to left field to give the Dodges a 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers tacked on another run in the fourth inning as Uribe hit a one-out double and advanced to thidrd base on a passed ball. Uribe then scored on an A.J. Ellis sacrifice fly. The Rockies cut into their deficit with two outs in the fifth inning, beginning with a LeMahieu single that fell between Scott Van Slyke and Puig.
Neither outfielder took the initiative to field the ball and LeMahieu took second on the error. Jason then Rutledge doubled him in and the Dodger lead was cut down to one. Tommy Kahnle took over for the Rockies in the sixth and held the Dodgers to just a two-out double. Kahnle retired the Dodgers in order in the seventh and Greinke continued to stifle the Rockies as he got through seven innings on 84 pitches.
Freshly re-called Erisbel Arruebarrena replaced Ramirez at shortstop in the eighth inning, which saw Greinke allow a leadoff single to Charlie Blackmon and two batters later, an RBI triple that tied the game. The Dodger right-hander got Tulowitzki to fly out and intentionally walked Dickerson to put runners on the corners with two outs. Greinke ended the inning by getting Arenado to strike out.
LaTroy Hawkins relieved Nick Masset in the ninth and walked Matt Kemp to begin the inning. After Kemp took second on a Van Slyke grounder to LeMahieu, the Dodgers regained the lead on a Uribe RBI single. Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth inning to earn the save in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win.
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