Rockies get 14 hits but just one run and lose again
After the Colorado Rockies failed to cash in early, the Los Angeles Dodgers leveled, who had his worst start of the season, and romped 7-1. The Rockies repeatedly came up short as their offense again sputtered and they lost for the sixth time in seven games and ninth time in 11.
The loss was the fourth straight on the road for the Rockies, who are 2-10 on the road this month and 8-20 overall. Mercifully for the Rockies, May ends Tuesday.
The Rockies’ 14-hit offense consisted of 13 singles and‘s homer in the fourth. The Rockies’ leadoff batter reached base in seven consecutive innings, beginning with the second. And the Rockies, who were never retired in order, left 13 runners on base and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
With two out in the first,singled and stole second. singled sharply to center field, and Matt Kemp threw out Gonzalez at the plate. After , who went 3-for-4, and opened the second with singles, Wigginton, and Hammel struck out.
. singled and stole second to begin the third. But was unsuccessful trying to sacrifice and then struck out. And Gonzalez and Tulowitzki grounded out.
Hammel got one ground-ball out and lasted 4 2/3 innings, the shortest of his 11 starts this season and gave up season-highs in hits (10), runs (7) and earned runs (7) as he threw 102 pitches. He gave up four runs in the third and three before departing in the fifth.
Hammel gave up three straight singles and one run to start the third. Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly brought in a second run, left fielder Gonzalez and center fielder Fowler bumping on the play, the ball hitting both their gloves and falling to the ground but Fowler forcing Andre Ethier at second on the bizarre play. James Loney followed with a run-scoring single.
Jamey Carroll led off the fifth with a triple and scored on Ethier’s single. With two out, Loney hit a two-run homer. Hammel walked Rod Barajas and gave way to, the first of three relievers.
The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but Tulowitzki, the last batter Chad Billingsley faced, grounded into a double play. He gave up 11 hits in seven innings but struck out eight. After the first two runners reached base in the eighth, pinch hittergrounded into a double play.
_ , who was recalled Sunday from Triple-A Colorado Springs, made his 2011 Rockies debut, entering the game at third base on a double switch in the sixth. He went 1-for-2 and made a diving catch of Aaron Miles’ liner to open the eighth.
_ Since his last win April 30, Hammel is 0-4 with a 4.42 ERA in six starts. During that stretch, he has allowed 40 hits and 22 runs, 19 earned, in 38 2/3 innings. The Rockies have scored two or fewer runs in four of those games and three runs in another. Hammel’s streak of pitching six innings in nine straight starts ended, as did his streak of pitching into the seventh in seven straight starts.
_The Rockies are a season-high 4 1/2 games behind. They finished April with a lead of 4 1/2 games and have lost nine games in the standings this month.