Coming off two straight wins over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers flew to Colorado to take on the Rockies. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger, coming off back-to-back starts in which he failed to go at least five innings, was on the mound looking to lower the Dodgers magic number.
The offense helped him out right away as Jimmy Rollins tripled in the top of the first and scored on an Adrian Gonzalez groundout to make it 1-0.
However, Bolsinger would give that run back in the bottom half of the inning. He dropped a potential out at first base on a toss by Gonzalez. Two more singles in the inning would tie the game at one.
In the second, the Dodgers and Rockies each went scoreless.
A Chase Utley walk and Rollins infield single gave the Dodgers two on with the middle of the order due up. Gonzalez struck out and Howie Kendrick grounded into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
Bolsinger ran into trouble in the third, allowing a leadoff walk to Carlos Gonzalez. Utley made a nice play on a hard-hit ball by Arenado, but then Corey Dickerson doubled home Gonzalez to make it 2-1. An error by Gonzalez allowed another run to score and a Rafael Ynoa triple put the score at 4-1.
Three straight groundouts marked the top of the fourth for the Dodgers offense. The Rockies got right back to scoring, hitting three solo home runs to make it 7-1. Charlie Blackmon, Gonzalez and Dickerson all went yard against Bolsinger.
Nothing going for the offense in the top of the fifth as right-hander David Hale was cruising. Ian Thomas took the mound for the Dodgers in the fifth and used two strikeouts and a nice back-pick to first by Yasmani Grandal for a scoreless effort.
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