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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