August 29, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Tyler Colvin (21) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Colorado's Quest For A Sweep Of L.A. Falls Just Short

The Rockies still won the series, but they fell just short of sweeping the Dodgers - and completing a massive comeback victory - in the finale on Wednesday.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Sweep Eludes Colorado As They Fall To Los Angeles, 10-8.

The Colorado Rockies missed out on a chance to sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they dropped Wednesday's series finale, 10-8.

It was all Dodgers for seven and a half innings, when the Rockies began to see some of their grounders sneak through and soft liners drop into open space, as the Dodgers did during a six-run third inning against Colorado starter Drew Pomeranz. The Dodgers scored the first four runs of that frame on and error and a few singles, then Hanley Ramirez unleashed a blast to dead-center to extend the lead to six.

The game stayed that way until the seventh inning, when Tyler Colvin's RBI single got the Rockies on the board. Then, in the top of the eighth, A.J. Ellis got that run back for the Dodgers, as well as three more, with a grand slam. The Rockies followed with a huge inning, getting seven runs on mostly singles, walks, and a hit-by-pitch.

After Matt Belisle held the Dodgers scoreless in the top of the ninth, Chris Nelson got aboard via a base hit with one out in the bottom half. However, the Rockies' attempt at an improbable comeback ended one batter later, as DJ LeMahieu grounded into a game-ending double play.

Adam Ottavino was spectacular out of the bullpen for Colorado, tossing three scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and a walk and striking out three. Nelson led the offense with three hits, while LeMahieu, Josh Rutledge, and Carlos Gonzalez had two apiece.

Pomeranz lasted four innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits. He struck out four and didn't walk anybody. He took the loss, while Joe Blanton, who scattered 10 hits in 7.1 innings, earned the victory.

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2012 Arizona Fall League Rosters: Rockies' Contingent Led By Kyle Parker

The Colorado Rockies will send seven minor leaguers to the Arizona Fall League at the end of this season, including highly-regarded prospect Kyle Parker.

Parker, 22, is hitting .308/.415/.558 with 22 home runs in his second full professional season, while boasting impressive power and a good walk rate. He will be joined by several other interesting players, including a couple of under-the-radar guys that will get a good look from the organization. Here is a full list of Rockies players representing the Salt River Rafters, who will be managed by Colorado Springs Sky Sox skipper Stu Cole:

Pitchers (3): Isaiah Froneberger, Cory Riordan, Coty Woods

Catchers (2): Lars Davis, Jose Gonzalez

Outfielders (2): Kent Matthes, Kyle Parker

To see full rosters for all of the Arizona Fall League teams, click here.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Colorado Looks To Complete Sweep Against LA

When the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a earth-shattering trade with the Boston Red Sox last weekend, they expected to make a late season charge towards the postseason. Instead, they have been absolutely dominated the past two nights by a Colorado Rockies lineup filled with league-minimum players and rookies, outscored 18-4 in the first two games of this series.

The Rockies send left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.78) to the mound to complete the sweep. Pomeranz has pitched well lately, allowing two or fewer runs in three of his past four outings. His recent performances have been a major factor in Colorado's recent streak. The Rockies are 12-4 in their last 16 games.

Los Angeles will send veteran Joe Blanton (8-12, 5.02) to the mound. Blanton was acquired off waivers from Philadelphia earlier this month, and has not performed well in a Dodgers uniform, allowing 18 earned runs and 28 hits in just 21 innings. Los Angeles has lost three of his four starts.

After running into the center field wall twice during this series, Dodgers superstar center fielder Matt Kemp will not be available in this game and has been listed as day-to-day.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm MT. The game will not be televised, but is available on 850 KOA.

For more coverage, visit our Rockies blog Purple Row and our Dodgers blog True Blue LA. For news around the league, visit MLB Daily Dish and Baseball Nation.

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Troy Tulowitzki's Return To Colorado On Hold

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki does not have a definitive timetable for his return to the Colorado Rockies, reports Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.

Tulowitzki has been rehabbing after left groin surgery and playing for the Rockies' minor league affiliate, Double-A Tulsa, for three games, and is expected to join Triple-A Colorado Springs for the next three days. Yet, according to the article, his ultimate return to the majors remains uncertain as he and the team are preferring to err on the side of caution.

Here's Tulowitzki on the recovery process, from the story:

"It's just (being) timid, making sure, playing safe," he said. "The last time I went on rehab, I came back and got hurt again, so that stuck in my mind a little bit. But each game I played I got a little bit better.

"It's going to be a slow process, I know that."

The All-Star shortstop's groin injury initially flared up in May and wound up requiring surgery in late June.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies Final Score: Wilin Rosario's 3-RBI Night Leads Colorado To 8-4 Victory

The Colorado Rockies are on a two-game winning streak following Tuesday night's 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Catcher Wilin Rosario had a big night, picking up three RBI on two singles and a home run. That home run, Wilin's 22nd of the season, now puts him one ahead of Carlos Gonzalez for the team lead.

One of Rosario's RBI singles came in the first inning, which saw the Rockies open up a 4-0 lead. Jordan Pacheco and DJ LeMahieu each doubled in a run while Andrew Brown singled in the other run.

A.J. Ellis' sac fly in the second put the Dodgers on board, but Rosario hit his home run in the third inning to make up for that. Adam Kennedy drove in a run on a double play in the next inning, only to see Tyler Colvin answer right back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single.

Rosario and Chris Nelson drove in runs in the seventh to stretch the lead to 8-2 before Juan Rivera hit a sac fly in the eighth and Hanley Ramirez homered to start the ninth inning.

Tyler Chatwood (4-3, 4.81 ERA) allowed two runs over five innings and struck out four. Carlos Torres took the other two runs before Rafael Betancourt came in to record the final two outs of the game.

The Rockies (53-75, 28-39 home) close out this series on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. MT. Drew Pomeranz and Joe Blanton are the scheduled starters.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Tuesday's Starting Lineups

The Rockies are looking to continue playing spoiler to the Dodgers in the second game of a three-game set with Los Angeles at 6:40 MT Tuesday.

The Rockies shellacked the visiting Dodgers, 10-0, in the series opener, roughing up newly acquired P Josh Beckett in the process. It was 3-0 until a 7-run 8th inning blew the game open for Colorado.

Tyler Chatwood is on the mound for the Rockies, facing Chris Capuano of the Dodgers. Chatwood is 3-3 on the season with a 4.98 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 34.1 innings. It's his sixth start of the year and 13th appearance overall.

Here are the starting lineups for tonight's game.

Dodgers (69-60):
Ellis 2B
Victorino LF
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Kennedy 3B
Ellis C
Capuano P

Rockies (52-75)
Colvin CF
Rutledge SS
Pacheco 1B
Rosario C
Nelson 3B
Brown RF
Lemahieu 2B
Blackmon LF
Chatwood P

For more coverage, visit our Rockies blog Purple Row and our Dodgers blog True Blue L.A. For news around the league, visit MLB Daily Dish and Baseball Nation.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Can Continue Role As Spoiler On Tuesday

Last in the NL West standings, the Rockies haven't been in the postseason talk or news headlines for a while. The same cannot be said for the Dodgers, who are right in the thick of the division and wild card races with just over 30 games to play.

So while the Rockies don't have much of an opportunity to make noise of their own, they can certainly continue to play the role of spoiler on Tuesday after a 10-0 win over Los Angeles on Monday night.

To get back-to-back wins over the Dodgers, the Rockies will need another strong showing on the mound, this time from Tyler Chatwood, in his sixth start of August. Chatwood didn't earn a decision in his last start, allowing three hits in three innings, but managed to keep the Mets scoreless.

He'll be facing Chris Capuano of the Dodgers, who is having the best season in his eight-year career with the exception perhaps of his 18-win 2005 season with the Brewers, although his ERA was higher in that year. However, Capuano struggled in his last appearance, giving up six runs to the Giants in five innings en route to his ninth loss of the season.

The first pitch on Tuesday is scheduled to be thrown at 6:40 p.m. MT and will be televised on Root Sports-Rocky Mountain as well as KCAL.

For more coverage, visit our Rockies blog Purple Row and our Dodgers blog True Blue L.A. For news around the league, visit MLB Daily Dish and Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Takes 10-0 Win Off Strong Performance By Jeff Francis, Run-Heavy 8th Inning

Colorado ruined Josh Beckett's debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers by taking a 10-0 win in the first game of their series Monday night.

Tyler Colvin led off the game with a home run to put the Rockies up quickly, and DJ LeMahieu chipped in another run in the fourth inning, and Josh Rutledge knocked in another run in the sixth. Jeff Francis did well for himself during his five innings, striking out six while allowing only three hits.

L.A.'s best chance at getting back in the game came in the eighth inning when Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle allowed men to get onto first and third base with one out. Belisle was able to end the jam by forcing Matt Kemp to ground into a double play.

After that, the Rockies offense exploded. Colorado added seven insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth from Colvin, LeMahieu, Jordan Pacheco and Wilin Rosario, who smashed a two-run homer to end the scoring. Matt Belisle closed the game out to seal the 10-0 victory.

For more coverage, visit our Rockies blog Purple Row and our Dodgers blog True Blue L.A. For news around the league, visit MLB Daily Dish and Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Up 2-0 Through 5 Innings

Josh Beckett's debut for the L.A. Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies hasn't been that bad so far, but his team hasn't given him much support as he was outdueled by Jeff Francis through five innings.

Francis has thrown a great game with only three hits allowed through five and six strikeouts recorded. Beckett so far has struck out five Rockies while walking three and allowing two runs on four hits. Tyler Colvin struck first for the Rockies when he hit a leadoff home run to make it 1-0, while the second run was pushed in by DJ LeMahieu in the fourth inning. L.A.'s offense hasn't shown very much punch with only three hits.

Going into the top of the sixth inning, the Rockies have replaced Francis with Josh Roenicke.

For more coverage, visit our Rockies blog Purple Row and our Dodgers blog True Blue L.A. For news around the league, visit MLB Daily Dish and Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Monday's Starting Lineups

The Colorado Rockies open a three-game home set against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. Newly-acquired Josh Beckett is slated to take the mound for L.A.

Center fielder Dexter Fowler is still yet to start after rolling his ankle on Aug. 22. He sat for two days and has made pinch-hit appearances in the last two nights. Fowler leads the Rockies in on base percentage.

Here are tonight's lineups:

DODGERS (69-59)

1. Shane Victorino LF (.255)
2. Mark Ellis 2B (.268)
3. Matt Kemp CF (.338)
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B (.333)
5. Hanley Ramirez SS (.286)
6. Andre Ethier RF (.290)
7. Luis Cruz 3B (.301)
8. A.J. Ellis C (.282)
9. Josh Beckett P (5-11, 5.23 ERA)

ROCKIES (51-75)

1. Tyler Colvin CF (.288)
2. Jordan Pacheco 1B (.306)
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF (.311)
4. Wilin Rosario C (.245)
5. Andrew Brown RF (.205)
6. Chris Nelson 3B (.269)
7. DJ LeMahieu 2B (.288)
8. Jonathan Herrera SS (.238)
9. Jeff Francis P (4-4, 5.79 ERA)

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Josh Beckett Makes Los Angeles Debut Against Colorado

Josh Beckett makes his Dodgers debut when Los Angeles takes on the Colorado Rockies.

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