The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies met on Sunday afternoon to play the rubber match of their three-game series. After an 11th-inning loss on Friday, the Dodgers managed to escape with a 6-3 win on Saturday, despite more scares from the bullpen.
Hyun-Jin Ryu labored through the first inning after allowing back-to-back singles to Charlie Blackmon and Brandon Barnes with no outs. Ryu got out of the jam unscathed however as he retired the next three batters, including a strikeout of Troy Tulowitzki. Dee Gordon continued to be a threat at the top of the order, reaching safely on a bunt single. Yasiel Puig sacrificed Gordon to second, who then stole third base. Adrian Gonzalez smacked an RBI single to center, scoring Gordon and tying the game, before Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa could get out of the inning.
The Rockies answered right back in the second and benefitted on a throwing error by Justin Turner that allowed De La Rosa to get on base with two outs. De La Rosa took second on Turner’s error and Nolan Arenando, who began the inning with a single, advanced to third. Ryu then hit Blackmon to load the bases and Barnes gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead on a single to center.
Arenado robbed Scott Van Slyke of a potential extra-base hit, which loomed large as Tim Federowicz and Ryu eventually hit two-out singles. De La Rosa then got Gordon to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Ryu retired the Rockies in order in the third; the first time in the game he’d managed to do so. Puig was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half of the third, but Matt Kemp followed with a strikeout and Gonzalez hit into an inning-ending double play.
The fourth inning was a breeze for both Ryu and De La Rosa, who each retired the side in order. Blackmon hit a leadoff double in the fifth and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Barnes that resulted in runners on the corners following an error on Ryu. Barnes attempted to steal second and was tagged out in a rundown; however, Blackmon was able to score on the play to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Ryu’s struggles then continued in the sixth as Justin Morneau doubled and Arenado singled, but reached second on a throw to third. Josh Rutledge hit a three-run homer to extend the Rockies’ lead to 6-1 and Ryu’s day was over. Brandon League came on in relief and pitched two shutout innings, retiring all six batters he faced. Meanwhile, the Dodgers were unable to generate anything against De La Rosa through the seventh.
Brian Wilson took over for the Dodgers in the eighth and promptly allowed a first-pitch double to Morneau. After a pop-out, Kemp dropped a shallow fly ball for another error to put two runners on. Wilson got out of the jam by getting Jordan Pacheco to hit into a double play. Adam Ottavino relieved De La Rosa to start the bottom of the eighth and aside from a Kemp two-out double, and a subsequent walk issued to Gonzalez, Ottavino got through the inning rather effortlessly.
Jamey Wright pitched the ninth inning, allowed a Barnes double but nothing else. Van Slyke led off the bottom of the ninth by hitting a single off Chris Martin. The rookie right-hander then got back-to-back strikeouts of Turner and pinch-hitting Andre Ethier. Hanley Ramirez pinch-hit for Wright and reached on an infield single, followed by a Gordon flare single to left field. Puig stepped in with the bases loaded but Martin put an end to any thoughts of a two-out rally by getting him to groundout. The Dodgers finished their seven-game homestand with a disappointing 2-5 record and now head out on the road for a nine-game trip.
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