Rockies burned by balks, homers in six-run seventh
was nearly untouchable for six innings, but everything fell apart for him and the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning as the Rockies dropped the first of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1.
Rogers allowed just five hits, walked no one and struck out seven through six innings as the Rockies clung to a 1-0 lead. But Rogers walked the first two to start the bottom of the seventh, and a base hit to left loaded the bases. He was in position to get out of the inning after Jamey Carroll flied out to center andthrew out Andre Ethier, who ran through a stop sign, at home for the second out. But after an intentional walk to Tony Gwynn Jr., Rogers was called for a questionable balk that scored the tying run. A single by Justin Sellers scored two more and chased a rattled Rogers from the game.
Relieverwas charged with a balk after coming into the game in relief of Rogers, a call that led to manager ‘s ejection. Later in the at-bat, James Loney hit a two-run home run to put the Dodgers up 5-1. Matt Kemp followed with another home run, capping a six-run inning for the Dodgers.
The Rockies scored their lone run on ahome run in the first inning. They produced just four more hits, a single by , a double and a single by and a single by .