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Recap: Dodgers Rally, Then Lose On Carlos Gonzalez Walk-Off Home Run



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A Justin Turner one-out single in the fourth was erased soon after as Ethier grounded into an inning-ending double play. Anderson set the Rockies down in order in the bottom half of the inning, marking the first time on the night he’d done so.

A.J. Ellis doubled with two outs in the fifth and came around to score on Alex Guerrero’s pinch-hit RBI single with two outs. Crawford was unable to atone for his mistakes earlier and flied out to end the inning, leaving the Dodgers’ deficit at 6-3.

Adam Liberatore took over the Dodgers in the bottom of the fifth and worked around a two-out single to toss a scoreless inning of relief. Kendrick ran into some trouble in the sixth as Corey Seager’s leadoff double was followed by an Utley RBI single.

Turner added to the scoring with an RBI double, cutting the Rockies’ once-comfortable lead to 6-5. Kendrick was chased from the game and replaced by Brooks Brown. The pitching change did nothing to slow the Dodgers’ momentum as Ethier’s RBI double tied the game.

Brown went on to retire the next three batters faced. Dustin Garneau hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth, but it was followed by Kyle Parker grounding into a double play. Liberatore then struck out Blackmon to end the inning.

Outside of a Crawford base hit in the seventh the Dodgers weren’t able to get anything going against Rex Brothers. Pedro Baez came on in relief of Liberatore and gave up a one-out double to Carlos Gonzalez. Baez struck out Arenado with a 100 mph fastball, then was replaced by Luis Avilan.

The left-handed reliever got some help from Joc Pederson, who made a diving catch to rob Dickerson of an extra-base hit and go-ahead RBI. Gonzalez Germen retired the Dodgers in order in the eighth. Morneau led off the bottom of the inning with a bloop single and was moved into scoring position on Cristhian Adames’ sacrifice bunt.

Garneau reached on Seager’s fifth error in 16 starts at shortstop, leaving runners on first and second with one out. Yimi Garcia and Scott Van Slyke entered as part of a double switch with Avilan and Yasmani Grandal exiting.

Blackmon popped up to send the game to the ninth tied at 6-6. Garcia remained on the mound in the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to LeMahieu and Gonzalez won the game for the Rockies with a walk-off home run.

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