LOS ANGELES CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on September 18 2010 in Los Angeles California. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 12-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Rockies Fall To The Dodgers, 7-6, In 11 Innings

Colorado loses a heartbreaker in extra innings to Los Angeles and fails to make up ground in the NL West race.

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Rockies Blow Lead, Lose To Dodgers 7-6 In 11 Innings

The Colorado Rockies knew they had a chance to take over the NL West Division lead on Sunday with a victory and some help from Milwaukee and St. Louis. The only person standing in their way was nemesis and Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw didn’t factor into the decision on Sunday afternoon as Colorado chased him early, loading the bases in both the first and second innings. Giambi hit a 3-run double, and Jonathan Herrera hit an RBI double to stoke the Rockies to a 6-1 lead early. Rockies starter Jason Hammel was betrayed by his defense in the beginning of the fifth inning allowing the Dodgers to score three runs and pull within 6-4.

A Matt Kemp solo homerun off Matt Belisle in the top of the seventh inning made it a one run affair, and the Dodgers completed the comeback in the bottom of the ninth against closer Huston Street, with Kemp hitting an RBI double to tie the game at six runs apiece.

The Dodgers scored the winning run on a bases-loaded, walkoff single from reserve catcher AJ Ellis in the bottom of the 11th inning off Rockies reliever Manny Delcarmen.

With the San Diego loss, the Rockies remain in third place for the division, one game behind San DIego and one and a half games behind the San Francisco Giants with 13 games remaining.

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Rockies Strike Early On Giambi 3-Run Double

The Colorado Rockies started Sunday’s game the same way they have played all series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ ace lefty, walked Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Herrera to begin the game. After both runners advanced on a Carlos Gonzalez flyball to right field, Troy Tulowitzki was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Melvin Mora struck out swinging, but Jason Giambi cleared the bases with a deep double that went off the glove of left fielder Jay Gibbons at the wall, plating all three runners and giving the Rockies an early 3-0 lead.

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