With the San Francisco Giants beating the Oakland Athletics in a back-and-forth affair Saturday afternoon, the best the Los Angeles Dodgers could do was cut their magic number to clinch the National League West down to one.
Colorado Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick walked Carl Crawford to open the game, then induced Corey Seager into a fly ball out. Crawford was caught stealing for the second out, and Nolan Arenado made a terrific defensive play on a Chase Utley grounder to end the inning.
Charlie Blackmon led off the bottom of the first with a base hit to center by a diving attempt from Utley, and the Rockies quickly loaded the bases with no outs on bunt single and infield single as Brett Anderson frustratingly proved to still be a magnet for weakly-hit singles.
Arenado landed a huge blow by hitting a grand slam to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead still with none out. Corey Dickerson followed with a base hit, and Justin Morneau reached on Colorado’s second infield single of the inning, but the Rockies failed to add to their lead.
The Dodgers eliminated half of their deficit in the second inning behind an Andre Ethier two-run home run. Following a Blackmon one-out triple, DJ LeMahieu cashed him in with an RBI base hit. Anderson then got his second double play ball of the game to end the inning.
A Dickerson single to left in the bottom of the third turned into a double as Carl Crawford bobbled the ball. Crawford’s troubles multiplied with a catchable ball off Morneau’s bat resulting in an RBI double that pushed the Rockies’ lead to 6-2.
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