The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to extend their winning streak to six games as they faced the Colorado Rockies Saturday night at Dodger Stadium with Zack Greinke on the mound.
The Dodgers found themselves in a bit of a jam in the first inning as Charlie Blackmon led the game off with a double down the right field line. Carlos Gonzalez grounded out for the first out of the game, but Troy Tulowitzki followed with an RBI single over a leaping Jimmy Rollins.
Blackmon scored easily to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead and Tulowitzki took an extra base as Andre Ether mishandled the ball in left field. Greinke then hit Justin Morneau with a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. However, the Dodger right-hander got out of trouble as he induced Nolan Arenado to hit into a double play.
Rockies starter Jordan Lyles retired the Dodgers in order for a quick bottom of the first inning. Greinke settled down in the second as he matched Lyles by retiring the Rockies in order. Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the second and scored on Yasmani Grandal’s long RBI single to right field. Grandal was then stranded as Lyles struck out Ethier out and got Juan Uribe hit into an inning-ending double play.
Greinke recorded two quick outs in the third, but prolonged the inning by walking Carlos Gonzalez. He then proceeded to throw two wild pitches that allowed Gonzalez to reach third base, however Tulowitzki was unable to cash in on the RBI situation and the game remained tied at 1-1.
Joc Pederson went down swinging for the first out in the bottom of the third. Greinke helped his cause with a line drive single and moved into scoring position on a Rollins walk. Puig hit a hard single that moved the runners 90 feet and loaded the bases for Adrian Gonzalez.
The Dodgers first baseman grounded to Tulowitzki in what should’ve been a double play but resulted in a force out as Justin Morneau was unable to field the Rockies shortstop’s throw, allowing a run to score and the Dodgers to take a 2-1 lead.
The fourth inning ended quickly on both ends as Greinke gave up just one hit and Lyles recorded three quick outs, including two by strikeouts. Greinke then exerted minimal energy as he worked his way through the bottom of the Rockies order and leadoff in the fifth.
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