Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jason Hammel just didn't have it on Friday night, picking up the loss in the 8-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He dug a deep hole for the Rockies' offense, which was unable to do much against Hiroki Kuroda.
Hammel (7-12, 5.24 ERA) allowed RBI singles in the first and second inning to put the Rockies down 2-0. He allowed another single in the third innings before Rod Barajas followed with a 3-0 home run, increasing the Dodgers' lead to 6-0. He left the game after three innings.
Carlos Gonzalez singled to right field in the bottom of the third inning to put the Rockies on board, but Tony Gwynn Jr. answered with a home run in the fourth inning off Edgmer Escalona. Escalona pitched four innings of relief and struck out five. He allowed a Matt Kemp RBI single in the seventh inning for the Dodgers' eighth run.
Todd Helton had an RBI ground out in the sixth inning to complete the Rockies' scoring.
The Rockies (58-68, 30-33 home) continue this series on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. MT. Ted Lilly and Esmil Rogers are the scheduled starters.
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