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Dodgers-Rockies: Mile High Letdown As L.A. Loses 5-4 in 10 Innings

Troy Tulowitzki lined a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win and dealing a haymaker to the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

The loss cuts the Los Angeles lead in the NL West down to only two games over Colorado, which was 15½ games back in June.

In a game of back-and-forth, there was certainly the feeling of October baseball in the air on this August night at Coors Field.

The Dodgers (74-52) trailed the Rockies (72-54) 4-2 going into the ninth, but rallied to score two runs to tie the game.

Down to their final out and final strike, Manny Ramirez lined a two-out, two-strike RBI-single to tie the game at 4-4 and force extra-innings.

Ramirez was 1-for-11 in his past three games and had just one RBI in his past 11 games before going 2-for-4 tonight.

Before the game see-sawed in the late innings, Clayton Kershaw and Jason Hammel locked up in an excellent pitcher’s duel, each clawing their way to a no decision.

Joe Torre turned to Kershaw, who came into the contest winless in his past six starts, in the crucial series opener, and having lasted only three and two-thirds innings in his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals.

But tonight, Kershaw worked six and one-third innings and allowed only two runs, which both came on a Brad Hawpe homer in the fourth.

The southpaw fanned six and walked only one in the outstanding effort, and was spotted a run before he even took the mound.

In the top of the first, Matt Kemp singled with one out and stole a base.

Andre Ethier lined an RBI single, his first of three hits on the night, into right field for the early 1-0 lead

With Ethier’s single, the Blue Crew has now outscored opponents 91-40 in the first inning.

Los Angeles extended the lead to 2-0 when the birthday boy, Casey Blake, went deep in the fourth inning.

Blake, who turned 36 today, hit a high fly ball that carried into the stands through the power alley in left-center field. The blast was Blake's 16th of the year and his third in the past eight games.

Ronald Belisario would relieve Kershaw with one out in the seventh, but made a huge mistake and left a fastball out over the middle of the plate to Clint Barmes.

Barmes laced his 21st home run of the season just over the wall in left, elevating the Rockies to a 3-2 lead, and the Rockies added an insurance run off Hong Chih-Kuo in the eighth to push the score to 4-2.

That run proved important as the Dodgers mounted a rally in the ninth culminating with the Ramirez single.  

The inning started when pinch-hitter Juan Pierre singled, and Rafael Furcal followed with a double into the right field gap to place runners at second and third with no outs.

Kemp stepped up and hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field, scoring Pierre and also advancing Furcal to third.

That brought the hot-hitting Ethier to the plate, but he struck out on a high fastball, putting the game on Manny’s shoulders.

Ramirez quickly fell behind 0-2 to reliever Matt Daley, but picked a fastball on the outside corner and scorched it into the outfield to knot the game at 4-4. 

The Dodgers were set down in the top of the tenth, and James McDonald came on in the bottom of the inning to preserve the tie game.

McDonald would walk the leadoff hitter Ian Stewart, setting up a bizarre play that proved costly for L.A.

Carlos Gonzalez placed what was intended to be a sacrifice bunt down the first base line, but McDonald over-ran the ball, leaving James Loney to scoop up the roller quickly and rush his throw to first.

Second baseman Orlando Hudson was covering the bag and threw up his hands, telling Loney to hold the ball, but Loney fired a throw over Hudson’s shoulder and the ball went all the way to the dugout allowing Stewart to motor to third.

McDonald got an important strikeout to record the first out, but then intentionally walked Todd Helton to load the bases and bring Tulowitzki to the dish.

On the first offering Tulowitzki saw, he smacked a game-winning single into left-center field to sink the Dodgers, 5-4.

The teams play two more pivotal games this week, with Randy Wolf (8-8, 3.34) taking the hill tomorrow for the Dodgers against Josh Fogg (0-1, 2.25).

 

 

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WP: Herges (1-0)

LP: McDonald (3-3)

 

Notes from Tuesday night

 

Swipe Master

Matt Kemp stole second base in the first inning for his 27th stolen base of the season, moving him into sole possession of second place in the Senior Circuit. He had been tied with Colorado’s Dexter Fowler, who went on the disabled list today.

 

Extra-Extra

The Rockies have now played back-to-back extra-innings games; interestingly enough, they are the first two games that have gone to extras at Coors Field this season.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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