Third straight loss sends Rockies to season low point
The Colorado Rockies produced just five hits Monday while dropping the first of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-5, and dropping seven games under .500, their lowest point of the season.
Three of the hits came off Dodgers rookie starter Rubby De La Rosa, all in the second inning on a successive singles by, and to score the game’s first run and the Rockies’ only run until the ninth inning. De La Rosa also scattered four walks without any damage in his six innings.
While De La Rosa was easing through his game, Rockies rookie Nicasio struggled again on the road. Nicasio, who entered the game 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four road starts against 4-0 and 1.58 at home, was roughed in the second and sixth innings. In the second, back-to-back doubles were followed by a two-run home run from Andre Ethier that gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. In the sixth, a double and a two-out RBI single produced two more runs and chased Nicasio from the game having allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.
made his first appearance out of the bullpen after returning from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed three crucial runs on four hits and two walks in the in the eighth inning. The extra runs put the Rockies in an 8-1 hole and gave the Dodgers much-needed cushion when their bullpen began to unravel in the ninth.
Dodgers relievers Hong-Chih Kuo and Mike MacDougal combined to give up four runs on two hits, four walks and an error while recording just one out on angroundout. The Rockies pulled to within 8-5, scoring one run each on Stewart’s groundout, a Fowler single, a Dodgers error on a groundball and a bases-loaded walk to . Following the walk to Helton, which would have tied the game if not for the three runs allowed in the eighth, the Dodgers turned to closer Javy Guerrera, who retired on an infield pop with one pitch and on a grounder to second to end the game.
The rally may have cost the Rockies a key trade component in Giambi, who injured his left quadriceps running to first.