LOS ANGELES — Kings of closing time, the Dodgers were the ones shown the exit this time as the Colorado Rockies scored three times in the ninth inning of a tie game, handing the Dodgers a 5-2 defeat Saturday night.
The loss ended a six-game winning streak and was the first time (in five games) that the Dodgers were tied after seven innings but didn’t pull off the game-winning heroics. Even with the Rockies’ rally Saturday, the Dodgers have outscored their opponents 81-37 in the seventh inning or later this season.
The disastrous ninth inning began with three consecutive singles off Blake Treinen to break the 2-2 tie. Alex Wood made his second appearance out of the bullpen since returning from a shoulder injury and gave up a two-run double to pinch-hitter Josh Fuentes before getting out of harm’s way.
The heat (101 degrees at game time) seemed to dull both offenses for most of the night. Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin was masterful against all of the Rockies not named Charlie Blackmon.
Blackmon had a solo home run and a double in his two cracks at Gonsolin while the rest of the Rockies lineup went 1 for 19 with eight strikeouts (matching Gonsolin’s career-high).
After his double, Blackmon tagged up and scored when Mookie Betts ran down Kevin Pillar’s fly ball to the wall but dropped it as he was transferring it to his throwing hand. That combination put Blackmon — and the rest of the Rockies — up 2-0 until the fifth inning.
Mookie Betts and Gavin Lux had the Dodgers’ only hits up to that point and the two combined to produce the Dodgers’ first run. Lux drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Two ground outs moved him to third base for Betts who drove him in with a single. Betts (now 5 for 8 with a runner on third and two outs this season) scored easily from first base when Corey Seager split the gap with an RBI double, tying the game.
It would have given the Dodgers a lead but an inning earlier Rockies right fielder Sam Hilliard reached up over the right-field wall right in front of the visitors’ bullpen and robbed Cody Bellinger of a home run.
The Dodgers got a two-out double from Austin Barnes in the seventh and a one-out single by A.J. Pollock in the ninth. But neither ignited any late-game heroics.