The Los Angeles Dodgers dropped another game in extra innings on Friday to the Colorado Rockies and turned to Paul Maholm as they looked to put an end to their two-game losing streak.
Maholm began the game by striking out Brandon Barnes on three pitches and after walking Nolan Arenado, he got Carlos Gonzalez to hit into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch. Juan Nicasio retired the first two hitters he faced, then gave up a two-out double to Hanley Ramirez, who has hit the right-hander well throughout his career. Ramirez was stranded at second however as Adrian Gonzalez popped-out to end the inning.
The second inning was another breeze for Maholm as he again sat the Rockies down in order on just eight pitches. Matt Kemp hit a leadoff double and stole third with one out, but the bottom of the Dodgers’ order was unable to drive him in and the inning ended without a sore. DJ LaMahieu singled in the third and was moved to second on a Nicasio sac-bunt. The Rockies took the lead on a Barnes two-out RBI single.
Dee Gordon ignited the Dodgers with a leadoff triple and scored on a Ramirez groundout to short. Puig, who had been on first after being hit by a pitch, kept running on the play and safely reached third as Troy Tulowitzki’s throw to first. Puig then scored on a Gonzalez sacrifice fly and the Dodgers led, 2-1. Kemp extended the lead with a solo home run to right field that just cleared Barnes’ glove.
Ramirez came out of the game after he appeared to injure his right thumb during his at-bat in the third. Maholm sat the Rockies down in order in the fourth, picking up his second strikeout of the game along the way. The Dodgers added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning on Puig RBI single that scored Drew Butera, who singled to leadoff the inning.
Nelson Rosario hit a gift-double that Kemp lost in the lights and promptly scored on a Justin Morneau single. After a force out at second, Maholm got a double play to get out of the fourth. With their lead cut to 4-2, Gonzalez put the Dodgers back up by three with an opposite field solo home run; it was also career hit No. 1,500 for the Gonzalez.
The Rockies threatened with runners on first and second in the sixth but Maholm got out of the jam by getting Tulowitzki to groundout. Tommy Kahnle took over for the Rockies in the bottom half of the sixth and retired the Dodgers in order. Maholm threw another easy inning in the seventh and his night was then over after a strong outing. Chris Withrow took the mound in the eighth and found himself in some trouble. The right-hander walked the bases loaded and with one out, had to face Gonzalez and Tulowitzki. In two tense at-bats Withrow struck out the Rockies’ No. 3 and No. 4 hitters to end the inning, keeping the Dodgers ahead, 5-2.
Puig doubled in a run to give the Dodgers a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth, but made for a frustrating close to the inning by attempting to tag and reach third on a Juan Uribe fly out. Puig was called out at third before Gordon could tag and get home, nullifying a run. With a four-run lead, Brian Wilson came on to pitch the ninth. Like Withrow, Wilson struggled with his control, walked the first two hitters he faced, and was relieved by Kenley Jansen.
Jansen struck out Drew Stubbs and the Rockies then loaded the bases with one out. A run scored on a ground out, and Jansen struck out Barnes to end the game and the Dodgers hung on for a 6-3 win.
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