The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers needed to wait one hour and four minutes longer than expected to begin Friday’s game due to multiple rain delays. Once play got started, the Dodgers offense quickly went to work against Rockies starter Eddie Butler.
Joc Pederson drew a leadoff walk in the first inning and later stole second base with one out. With Justin Turner joining Pederson on base after being walked, Adrian Gonzalez’s ground-rule RBI double gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
Turner scored on Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly in foul territory down the left field line to extend the Dodgers lead to 2-0. Nolan Arenado robbed Alex Guerrero of an RBI double and he instead had to settle for an infield single. Gonzalez moved to third base on the play, but the inning came to an end as he was then thrown out attempting to score on a wild pitch.
Corey Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the first with Tulowitzki’s taking advantage of the Dodgers’ defensive shift. Anderson managed to get out of trouble by inducing Justin Morneau into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
After Andre Ethier led off with a walk, Arenado again flashed the leather, this time making a play on a ball hit to his right and starting double play despite being off balance on his throw to second base. Anderson drove a pitch that was tracked down at warning track in center field to complete a quiet inning for Butler.
Nick Hundley hit a two-out single in the second inning, but DJ LeMahieu flied out to center and the Dodgers led 3-0 heading into the third inning. While Rollins hit into the Rockies shift, he reached safely with one out as Tulowitzki was unable to cleanly field the ball.
Then with two outs, Rollins still on first and Gonzalez at the plate, the veteran shortstop was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Anderson hit Charlie Blackmon with a pitch on a 3-1 count before ending another inning on a Rockies ground ball double play.
Tulowitzki hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth and scored on Arenado’s base hit into left field that Guerrero first bobbled as he went to transfer the ball into his throwing hand and then threw off line. Carlos Gonzalez grounded out and Hundley flied out to end the inning with the Dodgers leading, 2-1.
Anderson drew a two-out walk in the fifth, but it wouldn’t amount to anything for the Dodgers as Pederson lined out to first. Heavy rain began to fall in the bottom fifth as Anderson recorded two outs on a pair of grounders to Turner.
Blackmon worked a two-out work and moved into scoring position by stealing second base on a high pitch that left Grandal without the ability to make a throw. Dickerson hit a chopper up the middle that Turner made a backhanded stop on but his throw to first base wasn’t on time.
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