Dan Haren took the mound Tuesday looking to win a fourth consecutive game and the Los Angeles Dodgers in position to accomplish the same as a team.
In his first start at Coors Field since giving up eight runs in 5.2 innings, Haren allowed the Colorado Rockies to get an early lead in the first inning. After walking the leadoff batter, Josh Rutledge singled to center that advanced Charlie Blackmon to third base.
Yasiel Puig’s ill-advised throw over to third allowed to Rutledge to take second and it wound up costing the Dodgers a second run. Blackmon scored on a Justin Morneau grounder to first and Rutledge scored from third on Haren’s wild pitch.
Haren’s troubles continued in the second inning as Michael McKenry hit a leadoff double and later scored in the inning on a ground out. Haren attempted to help himself in the third with a one-out single and Puig’s single eventually gave the Dodgers two on with two outs.
Rockies starter Tyler Matzek got out of the inning by striking out Adrian Gonzalez and the Rockies held onto their 3-0 lead. The Dodgers threatened again in the fourth, this time on back-to-back singles from Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke with no outs.
However, a Justin Turner double play stymied their efforts and Juan Uribe struck out to end the inning. The Rockies struck again in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run home run off the bat of Corey Dickerson to extend the lead to 5-0.
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