After suffering a walk-off loss Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking to avoid being swept by the Colorado Rockies, and also clinch the National League West, with some help from the Oakland Athletics.
Chris Rusin allowed a one-out double to Jimmy Rollins in the first inning, but he was stranded by Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke. Alex Wood carried over some momentum from his previous start, retiring the side in order in the bottom of the first.
Alex Guerrero reached on a single in the second inning and moved himself into scoring position by stealing second base. Rusin intentionally walked Joc Pederson with two outs and was subsequently let down by his defense as Nolan Arenado committed an error on a ball hit by Wood. Guerrero scored on the play and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead.
After retiring the first two batters in the bottom of the second, Wood gave up a double to Corey Dickerson. Rafael Ynoa pinch-hit for Cristhian Adames and tied the game with an RBI double. Wood intentionally walked Tom Murphy, then retired Rusin to end the inning.
A Justin Ruggiano leadoff walk in the third was followed with back-to-back base hits from Rollins and Howie Kendrick to load the bases with no outs. Van Slyke’s RBI infield single gave the Dodgers a lead, and A.J. Ellis’ RBI groundout extended it to 3-1. Guerrero plated another run on a groundout to second before Rusin managed to get out of the inning.
DJ LeMahieu singled in the bottom of the second and Arenado drew a walk, giving the Rockies two runners on with one out. Wilin Rosario’s two-out RBI base hit cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2. Representing the go-ahead run, Dickerson struck out to end the inning.
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