Blackmon forced a full count before chasing a pitch in the dirt and Elbert passed what may have been a test for his postseason chances. Darwin Barney pinch-hit for Elbert in the bottom of the sixth and singled to center to leadoff the inning. Gordon then gave the Dodgers two on with no outs by reaching safely on a bunt single.
Scott Van Slyke hit an RBI single to left and advanced to second base on Blackmon’s throwing error to home plate. As he’s done all season, Justin Turner delivered with runners in scoring position, this time hitting an infield single up the middle that scored two runs to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
Franklin Morales was called out of the Rockies’ bullpen, but he was unable to stop the bleeding. Carl Crawford singled and Morales walked Andre Ethier to load the bases. Juan Uribe’s two-run single gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead and Morales walked Drew Butera to load the bases once again.
Barney’s sacrifice fly scored the Dodgers’ sixth run of the inning and they took a 7-3 lead to the seventh. The first two batters reached on Paco Rodriguez and his night quickly came to an end as Brandon League entered the game. The right-hander allowed a single to left that resulted in an out as Crawford threw out Ynoa on his attempt to score from second base.
League then struck out the two batters he faced to keep the Dodgers’ four-run lead intact. Pedro Baez tossed a scoreless eighth inning and J.P. Howell gave up a two-out, solo home run in the ninth, which knocked him out of the game.
Brian Wilson was called on to record the final out, which he did with one pitch and the Dodgers won, 7-4.