Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Aaron Cook Keeps Los Angeles Down, Picks Up 3-1 Victory

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Aaron Cook, Relievers Send Los Angeles To 3-1 Defeat

It was an odd night for the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies scored in the odd-numbered innings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-1.

Troy Tulowitzki put the Rockies on the board first with an RBI single in the fifth inning. Ty Wigginton atoned for his error on Tuesday with an RBI double in the seventh inning. Tulowitzki came back in the ninth inning with another RBI single to center field.

Dodgers starts Hiroki Kuroda (6-13, 3.11 ERA) gave up the first run while Blake Hawksworth and Mike MacDougal while each gave up a run.

Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05 ERA) looked like vintage 2008 Cook. He had his sinker working all night and kept the Dodgers off the board for seven innings. Rex Brothers and Huston Street finished things off, though the latter did allow a solo home run to Rod Barajas in the bottom of the ninth inning. Street now has 27 saves.

The Rockies (49-56, 23-30 away) are off on Thursday before heading to San Diego for a series with the Padres on Friday.

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Rcokies Vs. Dodgers: Can Colorado Pick Up A Win?

The Colorado Rockies weren't able to do much against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night in their 3-2 loss. Clayton Kershaw pitched a strong 6-2/3 innings, but it was Ty Wigginton's error in left field that eventually led to two unearned runs against the Rockies. Now the Rockies can salvage the series with a win in the final game of the series.

The Rockies turn to Aaron Cook (1-5, 5.84 ERA) to stem the tide, but that may be a tough task. Cook did pick up his first win of the season in his last start, allowing four runs to the Diamondbacks in an 8-4 victory. However, Cook has consistently looked like a pitcher who doesn't have much left in the tank as a starter anymore. He may not be much longer for the rotation if his fastball doesn't sink and if the Rockies feel they can look to the minors for someone to take his place.

The Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda (6-12, 3.30 ERA), subject of trade rumors, missed the previous series with the Rockies. Kuroda has put together a string of four starts in which he has pitched at least six innings, but he has allowed at least three runs in three of his last four starts. He threw seven shutout innings against the Angels on July 1for his last win.

First pitch to come at 8:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Clayton Kershaw Tames Colorado

The Colorado Rockies didn't have much of a solution to Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night. The young lefty kept the Rockies quiet, as he pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory.

Neither team picked up a hit until Jamey Carroll's single in the bottom of the third, but the Rockies did waste an opportunity in the top of the first. Jonathan Herrera reached on an error, moved to second on a Todd Helton walk and wound up on third after a wild pitch. However, Troy Tulowitzki grounded out and Ty Wigginton struck out to let Kershaw off the hook.

The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead at the end of the fourth inning. Ty Wigginton should have had an easy out on a Rafael Furcal ball to left field, but he missed it and allowed the base runner. Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50 ERA) then walked Andre Ethier before Matt Kemp came up with the big two-run double to right center field. Kemp moved to third on an Aaron Miles ground out and scored on a Juan Rivera sacrifice fly. Chacin was charged with just one of three runs and finished his night after six innings.

Kershaw (12-4, 2.72 ERA) gave up two runs in 6-2/3 innings, both to Todd Helton (a single in the fifth, a ground out in the sixth). The Rockies were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Both bullpens were quite effective, as Rex Brothers was the only one of a total of five relievers to allow a hit.

The Rockies (48-56, 22-30 away) finish this series on Wednesday with Aaron Cook facing Hiroki Kuroda.

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Jason Giambi Injury Leads To DL Trip

The Colorado Rockies will be down a man during Tuesday night's game with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jason Giambi injured his left quad while running out a play in the top of the ninth inning during Tuesday's game. Clearly in pain, he left the game and had Aaron Cook come in to pinch-run for him. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list to help him recover.

No corresponding move was announced, so the Rockies will play with just 24 men in this game. Mike Jacobs, currently in Triple-A Colorado Springs, is a possible call-up. He is hitting .296 with an .891 OPS and 18 homers so far this season.

Giambi has hit 10 home runs this season, including three in one May game. Several teams, notably the Phillies, have inquired about his availability. This injury may put an end to any trade talks.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Jhoulys Chacin, Clayton Kershaw Duel On Tuesday Night

The Colorado Rockies had a chance to complete a thrilling comeback on Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Todd Helton had just walked with the bases loaded, bringing the score to 8-5. But predictably, Troy Tulowitzki popped up for the second out, killing the momentum. Seth Smith grounded out to finish the game.

Jhoulys Chacin (8-7, 3.60) will take the mound in hopes of turning things around for the Rockies. He will look to snap a couple of bad starts when he faces the Dodgers for the third time this season. He has thrown 15 shutout innings against the Dodgers this season, including an impressive nine-strikeout performance in June. But both those starts came at Coors Field. In his last two starts (Milwaukee, Atlanta), he has allowed 10 runs in 11 innings.

Clayton Kershaw (11-4, 2.72 ERA) will make his third start against the Rockies, and like Chacin this will the first in Los Angeles. It is a rematch of their April 5 duel when Kershaw took the loss after allowing three runs. Chacin held the Dodgers scoreless. Kershaw has been ringing up the strikeouts lately with 61 in his last six starts. He's struck out a season-high 12 in his last start and held the Giants scoreless for eight innings in the Dodger's 1-0 victory.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Colorado Fails To Hit Rubby De La Rosa, Loses To Los Angeles

Make that three losses in a row for the Colorado Rockies. Shifting the playing scene to Los Angeles didn't help, as the Dodgers picked up an 8-5 victory on Monday night. A strong pitching performance by Rubby De La Rosa strangled the Rockies' offense, but there was a wild ninth inning.

De La Rosa (4-4, 3.49 ERA) held the Rockies to one run on three hits and four walks in six innings. He allowed that one run on a Dexter Fowler RBI single in the second inning. It was the only time the Rockies had the lead in the game. Matt Guerrier and Kenley Jansen struck out five over the next two innings.

But the Rockies did have a breakthrough in the ninth inning when Hong-Chih Kuo had all sorts of trouble. Seth Smith started the inning with a single, moved to second on fielder's indifference and wound up on third following a wild pitch. Eric Young Jr. walked and advanced to second on fielder's indifference. Ian Stewart grounded out, but scored Smith. Kuo got the hook after he walked Chris Iannetta, but Mike MacDougal came in and walked Ryan Spilborghs.

Dexter Fowler came through again and drove in two on a single. Jason Giambi pinch hit for Mark Ellis and reached on poor defense by the Dodgers. He left the game limping, but the bases were loaded for Todd Helton. MacDougal had to work deep into the count and wound up forcing in a run by walking Helton. Troy Tulowitzki came up to the plate and popped out with the infield fly rule in effect and Seth Smith grounded out to end the game.

Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.24 ERA) allowed five runs in 5-2/3 innings. Aaron Miles and Juan Rivera each doubled in a run, while Andre Ethier came up with a two-run home run and Dioner Navarro singled in a run. Recently recalled Esmil Rogers allowed three runs in the eighth inning on a ground out and two singles.

The Rockies (48-55, 22-29 road) look for better things on Tuesday with Jhoulys Chacin facing Clayton Kershaw.

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Esmil Rogers Called Up To Join Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have made a minor move before their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they have designated LHP Eric Stults for assignment. RHP Esmil Rogers has been called up from his rehab assignments to take Stults' place on the roster. Stults will likely head back to AAA Colorado Springs.

Rogers, 25, broke camp this spring as the de facto Rockies' fifth starter in the rotation. After a dominating performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 7, he struggled and eventually went to the disabled list with a strained forearm. After several rehab starts with the AA Tulsa Drillers, Rogers appears to be healthy and ready to join the Rockies' once again -- though his position on the team is not yet clear.

Initially , he appears to be the long man in the Rockies' bullpen (taking over Stults' role) but could easily slide into the rotation if Aaron Cook continues to struggle. With just one more option remaining, Rogers' future with the Rockies' organization is very much in doubt as well.

Rogers will be available in the bullpen for the series opener against Los Angeles.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Leaves Desert Behind For Glitz Of Los Angeles

The Colorado Rockies' visit to Arizona didn't go well at all, as it was capped with a 7-0 loss on Sunday afternoon. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed five of those runs while several teams had scouts there to watch him. But now the Rockies are in Los Angeles for a three-game set with the Dodgers--the site where Jimenez threw a complete game shutout on June 1, but where he will miss this time around.

Juan Nicasio (4-2, 3.88 ERA) draws the start for the Rockies and hopes to continue his recent string of success. After Atlanta roughed him up before the end of the first half of the season, Nicasio has bounced back in his two post-All-Star Break starts. He tamed the Milwaukee Brewers for seven shutout innings, holding them to four hits and picking up four strikeouts. He received a second chance against the Braves on July 20 and did his all to help the Rockies win, but he picked up the no-decision in the 3-2 Colorado win. He allowed one run in seven innings. Nicasio has one career start against the Dodgers. He allowed four runs over five innings in a June 9 start at Coors.

Rubby De La Rosa (3-4, 3.73 ERA) will make his third appearance and second start against the Rockies this season. In the third game of his career (May 31), De La Rosa pitched two innings of effective relief in the Dodgers' 8-2 victory. He followed on May 12 with a five-inning start, allowing three runs on a Seth Smith three-run home run.

The Dodgers are 2.5 games behind the Rockies for third place in the division and have just won two straight. The Rockies, meanwhile, are losers of their last two games. First pitch for this game is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT.

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