Dodgers Hit Rockies Hard, 10-8, In Series Finale

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Errors, James Loney Grand Slam Doom Rockies In 10-8 Loss

In a familiar result, the Colorado Rockies attempted a late comeback for the second game in a row and came up empty handed once again. They lost to the Dodgers, 10-8, on Sunday.

Seth Smith put the Rockies up, 3-0, in the second inning with his sixth home run of the season, but it all started to go wrong in the fifth inning. Dodgers starter Rubby De La Rosa started things off with an infield single. On the next at-bat, it looked as though Jamey Carroll hit into a double play, but third baseman Ty Wigginton booted the ball and both runners were safe. After Aaron Miles and Andre Ethier recorded outs, Ubaldo Jimenez walked Matt Kemp, loading the bases. And that's when James Loney blasted a grand slam for a 4-3 Dodgers lead. Rod Barajas singled in another run later that inning.

Jimenez (1-7) left after 5.1 innings, having allowed homers to Matt Kemp and Rod Barajas in the fifth inning. But he was only charged with two of the seven runs he allowed. No matter how one splices it, Jimenez wasn't his sharpest despite throwing 99 and 100 mph on the gun. Rookie Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt gave up the other three runs.

Colorado did attempt a comeback in the final innings. Carlos Gonzalez (9) and Troy Tulowitzki (13) each hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, while Todd Helton surpassed his 2010 home run total with his ninth of the season, a solo shot. However, after troy Tulowitzki singled following Helton's shot, Seth Smith grounded out to end the game.

The Rockies (31-34, 15-17 home) host a three-game series with the San Diego Padres before they kick off their Interleague play schedule.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Rubby De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez Close Out Series

The Colorado Rockies couldn't make it four wins in a row, as they fell to the Dodgers, 11-7, on Saturday night. But on Sunday afternoon there will be a De La Rosa on the mound. Of course, it isn't the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa; no, it's the Dodgers' Rubby De La Rosa, who came up to the big leagues right around the time Jorge De La Rosa went down with injury.

Rubby De La Rosa began his career with three relief appearances in May and just made his first career start on June 7. He picked up the win by allowing just one run on five hits in five innings to the Phillies, but he also walked five and struck out four. According to FanGraphs, De La Rosa's fastball has averaged around 95.8 mph, which he complements with a changeup, a curveball and a slider.

Ubaldo Jimenez has found good things in June so far. On June 1, he threw a four-hit complete game shutout against the Dodgers in Los Angeles and struck out seven batters on the way. After picking up his first win in that game, Jimenez fell to 1-6 after his start against the San Diego Padres. But that loss hardly falls on his shoulder. He allowed two runs in seven innings and struck out eight. The problem was that the offense was shutout for the game.

First pitch is scheduled 1:10 p.m. MT.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Score: Colorado's Comeback Falters, Drops Game To Dodgers, 11-7

All winning streaks need to come to an end, and the Colorado Rockies' three-game streak stopped with an 11-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. The Rockies had been able to bring the game to 7-6 at the end of eight innings, but the bullpen failed to keep the game close.

The wheels started to become undone in the sixth inning when Jason Hammel left the game with lower back stiffness. The game tied at one, Matt Reynolds came in with two runners on (both walked by Hammel). Tony Gwynn loaded the bases when he reached on a bunt single. Then Casey Blake came in as a pinch-hitter for Ted Lilly and hit a bases-clearing triple to put the Dodgers up, 4-1. Aaron Miles drove in two more in the seventh and then scored on a Marcus Thames single for a 7-1 lead.

Ty Wigginton hit a home run off of Ted Lilly in the second inning, the only run the pitcher allowed in five innings. The Rockies struck against the Dodger's bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. The bases were loaded after a Carlos Gonzalez double, an Eric Young Jr. infield single and a Jason Giambi walk. Troy Tulowitzki then plated two on a single. Seth Smith pinch-hit for Clayton Mortensen and hit a single to center field. Matt Kemp misplayed the ball, letting it get behind him, and saw Giambi and Tulowitzki score. Charlie Blackmon singled in a run for his first RBI and his first multi-hit game. The score was in favor of the Dodgers by just one run, 7-6.

After Matt Lindstrom allowed three more runs in the top of the ninth, Charlie Blackmon had a chance to be the hero in the bottom of the ninth. With one run in, two outs recorded and the bases loaded, Blackmon smacked a ball to left field that would have cleared the bases. However, Tony Gwynn made the diving catch to finish the game 11-7 in favor of the Dodgers.

The Rockies (31-33, 15-16 home) conclude this series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Ubaldo Jimenez and Rubby De La Rosa are on the mound.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Jason Hammel On The Mound As Colorado Continues To Win

Friday night's 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers was too close for comfort for the Colorado Rockies. They entered the top of the ninth inning with a 6-0 lead and saw Matt Belisle and Huston Street, but mostly the former, teeter on the edge of collapse. Making everyone sweat, Street was able to get Trent Oeltjen to strike out looking to end the game.

Jason Hammel takes the mound against the Dodgers on Saturday night in hopes to right the wrong he performed in Los Angeles on Memorial Day. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. That was also the game where the Rockies had one run on 14 hits, so nothing was going right for the team then. He did bounce back with seven innings of two-hit, one-run ball against the Giants on June 5, but the offense scored one run in the 2-1 loss.

Ted Lilly also kept the Rockies down during their series in Los Angeles last week. Lilly started the second game and struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed two runs on four hits to pick up his fourth win. He lost his next start, which came against the Phillies, but that was a 3-1 loss. Lack of run support, just as it was for Hammel, was Lilly's undoing.

Matt Kemp entered Friday's contest as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth and his home run (the longest by a Dodgers batter this season) started the Dodgers' ultimately failed comeback attempt. Will he be able to have more of an impact in this game?

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Despite Shaky Ninth Inning, Colorado Pulls Out 6-5 Victory

The Colorado Rockies won their third game in a row when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5, on Friday night. It is the team's longest winning streak since they won seven in a row from April 9-15. It was a solid offensive showing by the bats and another outstanding performance by Jhoulys Chacin. But the bullpen left things to be desired in the ninth inning.

The Rockies, who had one run on 14 hits against the Dodgers in LA on May 30, collected 17 hits to score six runs. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley lasted just 4.2 innings and allowed all six runs on 13 hits.

Troy Tulowitzki started it with a home run to left field in the second inning, his 12th of the season and first since May 17. The Rockies struck for a five-spot in the fifth inning. After starter Jhoulys Chacin started the inning with a ground out, Carlos Gonzalez reached second on a bunt single and a throwing error by Casey Blake. Gonzalez moved to third on a Chris Nelson single, though Nelson moved to second since left fielder Trent Oeltjen bobbled the ball. Runners were in scoring position.

Todd Helton came to the plate and knocked out a two-run single. Tulowitzki singled and a wild pitch by Billingsley moved Helton to third and Tulowitzki to second. Seth Smith singled both of them in. Chris Iannetta drove in the sixth run on a single before Billingsley got the hook.

Jhoulys Chacin (7-4) threw eight shutout innings, struck out nine and held the Dodgers to three hits. His pitch count kept him from going back out to the ninth. In came Matt Belisle for the final three outs, but he ran into trouble and gave up two runs, one on a Matt Kemp homer. Huston Street came in and allowed both inherited runners to score and his own runner as well. But he hot Trent Oeltjen to strike out looking to end the game, picking up his 19th save.

The Rockies (31-32, 15-15 home) continue this series on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Ted Lilly are the scheduled starters

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Jhoulys Chacin Seeks Colorado's Third Straight Win

Can the Colorado Rockies make it three in a row on Friday night? After battling back from a four-run deficit in the seventh inning, the Rockies captured a 9-7 victory in the first game of their home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Troy Tulowitzki drove in four runs on Thursday and will look to continue that hot hitting on Friday against Chad Billingsley. He's 8-for-29 in his career against the pitcher and has one home run and four RBI. Todd Helton is 10-for-23 with two home runs and six RBI against Billingsley. In his career at Coors Field, Billingsley is 1-4 with a 7.29 ERA and a WHIP of nearly 2.00. He picked up a win (7 IP< 1 ER) in Los Angeles last week against the Rockies, but on April 6 at Coors Field he allowed five runs in three innings.

Jhoulys Chacin first and only start this season against the Dodgers came on April 5. He kept the Dodgers off the board for seven innings, and that began the start of a strong season. In 11 of his 12 starts this season, Chacin has pitched at least six innings, including a complete game shutout against the Cubs in May. He recently picked up a win on June 4 when the Rockies defeated the Giants, 2-1. He gave up one run in six innings, ending a string of two games in which he gave up multiple runs each time.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Score: Troy Tulowitzki Delivers Four RBI In 9-7 Victory Over Los Angeles

For the first time since the middle of May, the Colorado Rockies have won back-to-back games. After yesterday's 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres, the Rockie took Game 1 of their series with the Dodgers, 9-7. They overcame a four-run deficit to grab the win, the first time they did that this season.

The big inning came in the seventh when, down 7-3, they scored five runs. Carlos Gonzalez came to the plate with the bases loaded and plated Charlie Blackmon. After Chris Nelson struck out, Todd Helton drew a walk from the recently-entered Scott Elbert to add a fifth run to the Rockies' board. Again the bases were loaded and Troy Tulowitzki singled in two more runs to tie the game at seven. Ty Wigginton walked to load the bases again. Jason Giambi pinch-hit for Matt Reynolds and drew a walk to give the Rockies the 8-7 lead. Chris Nelson hit a sac fly in the eighth for an insurance run.

Rafael Betancourt (2-0) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning and Huston Street recorded his 18th save.

By the end of the fifth inning, it appeared the Rockies were out of it. Rookie starter Juan Nicasio allowed a Matt Kemp solo homer in the fourth inning and then gave up a two-run triple to Kemp in the fifth inning. Andre Ethier had singled in Clayton Kershaw one at-bat before the triple.

But the Rockies came back with three runs of their own in the sixth inning. Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Nelson reached base on singles and then Todd Helton drew a walk to load the bases. Troy Tulowitzki then delivered a double to left field to score Gonzalez and Nelson. Ty Wigginton followed with an RBI ground out.

Nicasio (ND) left after those four runs and five innings. After Rex Brothers struck out two in the sixth, Matt Reynolds came in for the seventh inning. He wound up allowing three runs. The first scored when Dee Gordon bunted and Jose Morales made a throwing error, allowing Clayton Kershaw to score. Casey Blake then followed with a double to deep right field to score Gordon. Blake moved over to third base on a wild pitch and scored on an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly, giving the Dodgers a 7-3 run.

The Rockies (30-32, 14-15 home) continue this series on Friday night with

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Can Colorado Win Back-To-Back Games?

The Colorado Rockies enter this home series with the Los Angeles Dodgers having won a 5-3 contest against the Padres on Wednesday night. The Rockies will look once again to attempt back-to-back wins, which they have not done since May 16-17 when they defeated the San Francisco Giants in a mini two-game sweep.

Clayton Kershaw is making his second start of the season against the Rockies, the first coming on April 5 in Coots Field. He gave up three runs in six innings, but that was just enough for the Rockies to win, 3-0, that day. Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki each hit a home run off of him. His last two starts have been on opposite sides of the spectrum. On May 29, Kershaw threw a two-hit complete game shutout in an 8-0 victory over the Florida Marlins. He struck out 10 on his way to his sixth win. On June 4, he did give up six runs in 6.2 innings and struck out nine, but he wound up with a no-decision in the Dodgers' eventual 11-8 victory.

Juan Nicasio makes his third start.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Thursday, June 9, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Clayton Kershaw vs. Juan Nicasio

Friday, June 10, 6:40 p.m. MT, ROOT
Chad Billingsley vs. Jhoulys Chacin

Saturday, June 11, 6:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Ted Lilly vs. Jason Hammel

Sunday, June 12, 1:10 p.m. MT, ROOT
Rubby De La Rosa vs. Ubaldo Jimenez

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