Josh Beckett was off to a solid start in the Los Angeles Dodgers first game of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. In the first inning, Beckett quickly retired the batters in order. Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run off of Jordan Lyles for the only hit in the bottom of the inning to put the Dodgers on the board, 1-0.
Heading into the second, Beckett gave up a leadoff homer to Troy Tulowitzki, and two batters later, Corey Dickerson hit another solo homer, giving the Rockies the 2-1 edge. Lyles worked through a scoreless bottom of the second, and Beckett matched Lyles’ work in the top of the third. Towards the end of the third, Dee Gordon raced for the double with two outs, and Puig drove him home to tie the game.
In the fourth, Beckett and Lyles both gave up just one hit in a scoreless inning and followed up with a hitless fifth inning. As Beckett breezed through another 1-2-3 inning, Lyles gave up a lead off double to Hanley Ramirez, but the next three batters recorded outs leaving Ramirez on base to finish the sixth.
Heading into the seventh, Beckett logged just five pitches as he retired the batters in order, and Lyles gave up one hit in a nine pitch inning. Beckett worked a little more in the eighth inning, allowing DJ LeMahieu to steal second after LeMahieu got a base hit. With two outs, the Dodger starter was able to get Charlie Blackmon to ground out. Adam Ottavino replaced Lyles heading into the bottom of the eighth and recorded a quick inning as the score remained tied heading into the ninth.
Chris Perez took over for Beckett in the ninth and also retired the batters in order. Boone Logan entered the game for Ottavino, and pitching remained strong for the Rockies as they labored through another scoreless inning. Jamey Wright came into the game for Perez in the tenth and recorded three consecutive outs. Rex Brothers replaced Logan and walked Andre Ethier with one out. Ethier advanced to second after Gordon grounded out but was left on base as Puig grounded out.
Heading into the eleventh, Brandon Barnes hit a lead off double off of Wright with one out and the right-hander was replaced by J.P. Howell. Charlie Blackmon hit a grounder up the middle to drive Barnes home giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead. With Nolan Arenado at the plate, Blackmon stole second and Arenado followed up with a base hit, which advanced Blackmon to third. Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a fielder’s choice that Blackmon was able to score on, giving the Rockies a two-run lead. Brandon League came out of the bullpen with one out and runners on first and second and walked Tulowitzki to load the bases. Justin Moreau hit a ground ball to left field to send Arenado home. Wilin Rosario hit into a double play as Gordon rolled on the field to get the final out.
As the Dodgers looked to rally in the bottom of the eleventh, Ramirez hit a leadoff double off of LaTroy Hawkins. Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run to make the score 5-4. The Dodgers were unable to take the advantage and took another extra innings loss.
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