Colorado 7, Dodgers 6

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Dylan Her­nan­dez


Joc Ped­er­son launched an eighth-in­ning of­fer­ing from Scott Oberg into the left-field stands for a solo home run that in­creased the Dodgers’ lead to 6-4. That ex­tended Ped­er­son’s home run streak to five games, which tied a sin­gle-sea­son fran­chise record shared by Matt Kemp (2010), Shawn Green (2001) and Roy Cam­panella (1950). Ped­er­son now has 17 home runs on the sea­son and is tied for third-most in the ma­jors with Gian­carlo Stan­ton of the Mi­ami Mar­lins. The only play­ers with more: Bryce Harper of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als and Nel­son Cruz of the Seat­tle Marines, who both have 18.


Is some­thing wrong with Ken­ley Jansen? That ap­peared to be the case in a night­mare ninth in­ning dur­ing which the Dodgers didn’t call on their closer to pro­tect the 6-4 lead. Jansen pitched the previous day, but that was his only ap­pear­ance in an eight-day span. What­ever the rea­son, the ninth in­ning was started by Adam Lib­er­a­tore, who pitched a score­less eighth. Lib­er­a­tore gave up a lead­off sin­gle to Michael McKenry that was fol­lowed by a dou­ble to right by Char­lie Black­mon. Man­ager Don Mat­tingly re­placed Lib­er­a­tore with Yimi Gar­cia, who promptly walked DJ LeMahieu. Gar­cia pro­ceeded to walk Troy Tu­low­itkzi with the bases loaded, re­duc­ing the Dodgers’ ad­van­tage to 6-5. Gar­cia was re­placed by left-han­der J.P. How­ell, who threw a ball that sailed past catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal and al­lowed Black­mon to score the ty­ing run. Gran­dal was charged with a passed ball on the play. How­ell reloaded the bases by in­ten­tion­ally walk­ing Car­los Gon­za­lez, af­ter which Mat­tingly placed the game in the hands of Chris Hatcher. With a five-man in­field be­hind him, Hatcher gave up a sac­ri­fice fly to Nolan Are­nado that drove in the de­cid­ing run.


Called up to the ma­jor leagues for the first time the previous day, 27-year-old Josh Ravin was in line for his sec­ond vic­tory in as many days when Al­berto Cal­laspo pinch-hit for him in the eighth in­ning. Ravin pitched two score­less in­nings, in­clud­ing a per­fect sev­enth. The night was sig­nif­i­cantly rougher for starter Mike Bolsinger, who, some­what pre­dictably, made the worst of his six starts for the Dodgers at Coors Field. Bolsinger pitched only five in­nings and was charged with four runs and six hits.


The Dodgers scored thee runs in the sev­enth in­ning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 5-4 lead. Adrian Gon­za­lez sin­gled to cen­ter field to drive in the first run of the in­ning. Two bat­ters later, An­dre Ethier drove in two more runs. Rock­ies starter Chad Bet­tis pitched six in­nings and lim­ited the Dodgers to two runs, only one of which was earned.


Car­los Frias (4-2, 4.29 ERA) will face the St. Louis Car­di­nals and Michael Wacha (7-1, 2.27) at Dodger Sta­dium on Thurs­day at 7:00 p.m. TV: Sport­sNet LA. Ra­dio: 570, 1020.

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