Big first inning helps Rockies salvage finale with Dodgers
The Colorado Rockies scored five runs in the first inning Sunday and held on to take the final game of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-6.
drove in four of the Rockies’ seven runs, the first three on a bases-clearing, two-out double in the first inning. walked to start the first, stole second and, after strikeouts by and , stole second and scored on a single by . followed with a single and walked to load the bases. On the first pitch he saw, Kouzmanoff lifted a fly ball into shallow right that glanced off the arm of diving Dodgers right fielder Trent Oeltjen. The hit brought all three runners home and Kouzmanoff ended up at second. He later scored on a single by .
The Rockies scored two more runs in the fifth inning. Gonzalez doubled and scored on another double by Smith. With two outs, Kouzmanoff drove in the Rockies’ final run with single to center.
The Rockies needed all seven runs as the Dodgers, as they did in the first two games of the series, threatened to come all the way back.
The Dodgers scored single runs in the first and third off starter, who pitched with a lot of traffic but mostly avoided damage in the first five innings. But with the Rockies up 7-2, Chacin walked the first three runners in the sixth inning and gave way to reliever . Two runs scored, one each on a grounder to short and a sacrifice fly to left. got the final out of the inning with the Rockies still up 7-4. Chacin was charged with four runs on six hits, walked five and struck out six in five innings, but picked up his 11th win.
came on in the seventh and gave up two more runs with a walk, a double and a single. But and worked perfect eighth and ninth innings. Betancourt picked up his fourth save.
Gonzalez was 3-for-4, to extend his hitting streak to 15 games but failed to drive in a run in a game for the first time since Aug. 14.