After finally breaking through last week with a victory on Sunday, the Colorado Rockies followed that up this Sunday with a second victory. However, the Rockies had to contend with a late rally by the Dodgers for a 7-6 victory.
The Rockies jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning after some shaky defense by right fielder Trent Oeltjen. Troy Tulowitzki already had the Rockies up, 1-0, when Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled to right field on a ball that Oeltjen failed to place in his glove. He cleared the loaded set of bases for a 4-0 lead. Eliezer Alfonzo followed by sending Kouzmanoff across home plate.
Jhoulys Chacin (11-10, 3.60 ERA) allowed two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but then kept the Dodgers off the board until the sixth inning. Chacin walked three batters to start the sixth before he was pulled for Matt Reynolds. That didn't help, though the damage was limited to runs scored on a ground out and a sacrifice fly. The Rockies led, 7-4, as Kouzmanoff and Seth Smith drove in two runs in the fifth inning.
Matt Lindstrom came in for the seventh inning and wound up allowing RBI plays to Aaron Miles on a double and to Trent Oeltjen on a single. Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt shut down the Dodgers in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Rockies (64-70, 29-37 away) head to Arizona for a three-game series with the Diamondbacks. Alex White makes his second start for the Rockies and opposes Daniel Hudson.
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