Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Falters On Wednesday In 6-4 Loss

The Colorado Rockies took the series from the Dodgers, 2-1, but lost the series final on Wednesday night.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Colorado Comes Up Short In Sweep Attempt, Falls To L.A., 6-4

The Colorado Rockies got off to a fast start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, but ultimately they lost, 6-4, and failed to sweep their opponent. Still, the Rockies enter the off day with a 2-1 series victory.

Eric Young Jr. set the table with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the top of the first inning. Later in the inning, Tyler Colvin singled in Dexter Fowler, who had reached earlier on a double, for a 2-0 lead. But that advantage was quickly lost when Matt Kemp hit a three-run home run with zero outs in the bottom of the frame.

Jeff Francis (ND, 6.06 ERA) pitched four innings and surrendered just those three runs, but hitting 73 pitches through four innings forced him out of the game. D.J. LeMahieu had singled in Jordan Pacheco in the top of the fourth to assure Francis of a no-decision.

Carlos Torres (1-1, 4.38 ERA) replaced Francis in the fifth inning and promptly allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Hanley Ramirez then worked a walk to get put the Dodgers in the lead. It didn't get any better in the sixth inning when Shane Victorino and Mark Ellis hit back-to-back RBI singles.

In the seventh inning, the Rockies took back one of those runs when Eric Young Jr. singled to load the bases and then saw LeMahieu take advantage of a bobble by Andre Ethier in right field. Chad Billingsley (8-9, 3.84 ERA) was charged with all four runs, but the final one crossed the plate as an inherited runner to Ronald Belisario.

The Rockies (40-69, 19-32 away) open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Lineups: Carlos Gonzalez Sits Out On Wednesday

The Colorado Rockies are giving left fielder Carlos Gonzalez the day off as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Eric Young Jr. is getting the start in left field in place of Gonzalez, leaving Colorado's batting order pretty bare at this point.

Colorado:

1. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
3. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
4. Wilin Rosario (R) C
5. Tyler Colvin (L) RF
6. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
7. Matt McBride (R) 1B
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
9. Jeff Francis (L) P

Related: Rockies Vs. Dodgers Preview: Colorado Goes For Rare Sweep

Los Angeles:

1. Shane Victorino (S) LF
2. Mark Ellis (R) 2B
3. Matt Kemp (R) CF
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) SS
5. Andre Ethier (L) RF
6. Juan Rivera (R) 1B
7. Jerry Hairston Jr. (R) 3B
8. Matt Treanor (R) C
9. Chad Billingsley (R) P

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Rockies Rumors 2012: Colorado Has Interest In Yorvit Torrealba

The Colorado Rockies have some interest in catcher Yorvit Torrealba even though there's not an obvious place on the roster for him at the moment, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. The Texas Rangers placed Torrealba on waivers before Wednesday's game after designating him for assignment last week.

Torrealba, 34, has hit .236/.302/.342 with three homers over 182 plate appearances with the Rangers in 2012. He was the primary back-up to starting catcher Mike Napoli in Texas before the club acquired Geovany Soto from the Cubs to take over that role.

Now, the Rockies appear to be considering the possibility of bringing the veteran backstop back into the fold after a few years apart. From 2006-2009, Torrealba appeared in 312 games with the Rockies, hitting .258/.316/.394 while frequently sharing time with fellow ex-Rockie Chris Iannetta.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Goes For Rare Series Sweep

The Colorado Rockies enter Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in rare territory; with a victory, they would earn just their second series sweep on the 2012 season. Behind effective pitching performances by Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, the Rockies' pitching staff has limited the Dodgers offense to just a single run in two games at Dodger Stadium. Rookie shortstop Josh Rutledge has been incredible in his first MLB exposure, batting .356 in his first 22 games.

Colorado sends veteran Jeff Francis (3-4, 6.02) to the mound. Francis has easily been the Rockies' best starter this season since signing as a free agent, but he has struggled recently, allowing five or more earned runs in three of his past four starts.

The Dodgers will send Chad Billingsley (7-9, 3.74) to the mound, hoping to regain some momentum and stay in the NL West Division race. Billingsley has been extremely effective recently, allowing just two earned runs in his last 20.1 innings pitched.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm MT and will be broadcast on ROOT and 850 KOA

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Final Score: Josh Rutledge Leads Colorado To 3-1 Victory

Colorado Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge continued the torrid start to his major league career by driving all three runs in the team's 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a result, the Rockies have won a series on the road against the Dodgers, a mighty feat. It was also the team's first series victory in the second half of the season.

Rutledge, hitting .356/.372/.700 with six home runs and 18 RBI through 90 at-bats, went 4-for-5 with three doubles. Two of those doubles accounted for the three RBI: an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run double in the seventh inning.

Eric Young Jr. collected three hits and scored two of the runs. Dodgers starter Aaron Harang (7-7, 3.80 ERA) allowed all three runs.

Alex White (ND, 5.75 ERA) threw four shutout innings and allowed just one hit, but he had trouble with the strike zone, walking five batters. Josh Roenicke improved to 4-0 with three innings of one-hit ball. Rex Brothers was charged with the Dodgers' one run, but it was Matt Belisle who gave up the Mark Ellis double that put the run across the plate.

The Rockies (40-68, 19-31 away) go for the sweep on Wednesday night.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Lineups: Alex White Takes The Mound For Colorado

The Rockies look to follow up Monday's 2-0 win with another solid effort when they face the Dodgers on Tuesday. The full lineups for the game are listed below.

Colorado:

1. Eric Young (S) RF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
3. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
5. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
6. Ramon Hernandez (R) C
7. Tyler Colvin (L) 1B
8. Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
9. Alex White (R) P

Related: Tuesday Pebble Report: Jhoulys Chacin Rebounds In 2nd Tulsa Start

Los Angeles:

1. Shane Victorino (S) LF
2. Jerry Hairston (R) 3B
3. Matt Kemp (R) CF
4. Andre Ethier (L) RF
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) SS
6. James Loney (L) 1B
7. Luis Cruz (R) 2B
8. A.J. Ellis (R) C
9. Aaron Harang (R) P

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Preview: Colorado Goes For Two Straight Against Los Angeles

The Colorado Rockies are pretty much playing for respect at this point in the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers however, not so much. In a tight NL West race, the Dodgers can't afford to lose too many games like they did on Monday night to the Rockies.

But Colorado wants to play spoiler and redeem themselves after coming off a pitiful 1-8 homestand, so there's nothing better than keeping Los Angeles from taking sole possession of first place had they been victorious on Monday.

Alex White will get the start on the mound for the Rockies in the second of three games they'll play at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander has a record this season of 2-6 with an ERA of 6.16.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Final: Colorado Gets By Los Angeles, 2-0

The Colorado Rockies opened the first of their six-game road trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night trying to forget their nightmarish homestand that saw them drop eight of nine games. Colorado took game one in their three game set with the Dodgers by a final score of 2-0 despite having 11 hits in the game.

Eric Young connected on three hits, Jordan Pacheco and Jonathan Herrera each had two hits with Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez being the only batters to register RBI's.

Adam Ottavino gets credited with his third win of the season and Rafael Betancourt picked hip his 18th save. Drew Pomeranz got the start for the Rockies and pitched four strong innings giving up just three hits, no earned runs and striking out seven Dodger batters.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Dodgers blog True Blue LA. Head over to Baseball Nation for more news and notes around the league.

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers Lineups: Chris Nelson Returns, Will Play 2B

The Colorado Rockies open a three-game set against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday night. They will do so with Todd Helton sidelined for the rest of the season and with Chris Nelson back in the lineup after a stint on the disabled list due to an irregular heartbeat in the the middle of July. He will bat seventh and play second base.

The Rockies' Monday night lineup lacks plenty of the team's firepower, as Troy Tulowitzki is still weeks away from returning and Michael Cuddyer just went on the disabled list. Tyler Colvin and Josh Rutledge are sitting for this game, initially.

Here are the lineups:

Rockies Dodgers
1. Eric Young (S) RF 1. Shane Victorino (S) LF
2. Dexter Fowler (S) CF 2. Mark Ellis (R) 2B
3. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B 3. Matt Kemp (R) CF
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF 4. Hanley Ramirez (R) SS
5. Ramon Hernandez (R) C 5. Juan Rivera (R) 1B
6. Matt McBride (R) 1B 6. Jerry Sands (R) RF
7. Chris Nelson (R) 2B 7. Luis Cruz (R) 3B
8. Jonathan Herrera (S) SS 8. A.J. Ellis (R) C
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P 9. Chris Capuano (L) P

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Rockies Vs. Dodgers: Colorado Hits The Road After Disastrous Homestand

The Colorado Rockies are on the road to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. They just dropped eight of nine games at Coors Field.

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