May 14, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies visited Dodger Stadium Thursday night, the beginning of a four-game series against the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
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An 85-minute rain delay didn’t stop Carlos Gonzalez from connecting on a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to steal a victory for the Colorado Rockies, winning 5-4 Thursday night over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With Chad Bettis starting for the Rockies, the Dodgers took a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, when Adrian Gonzalez doubled home Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick.
The Rockies got one back in the top of the second when Wilin Rosario crushed a homer off former Colorado Rockie, and current Dodgers starter Brett Anderson.
Anderson, though, would have his revenge, when he doubled off Bettis in the third to score a run and make it 3-1.
In the fifth, the Dodgers pushed another run across off Bettis, making it 4-1 when Yasmani Grandal singled home Gonzalez.
At that point, the game went into a one hour, twenty-five minute rain delay, after which the Rockies bats came out jumping. They scored a run off Dodgers reliever – and another former Rockie – Juan Nicasio, to make the score 4-2, and loaded the bases hoping to get more.
But with two outs, Nick Hundley and DJ LeMahieu both struck out to end the threat and leave three runners stranded on base.
The 4-2 score held until the top of the ninth, when the Rockies got singles from Nick Hundley and Drew Stubbs off Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia, who was trying to close out the game.
Gonzalez’s home run off Garcia sealed it for the Rockies, who had lost eleven in a row heading into the night and were desperate to stop the slide.
John Axford shut the door in the bottom of the ninth, and the Rockies won 5-4 to improve to 12-19 on the season, and defeat the best team in the NL West in Los Angeles for the first time since April 27, 2014.
The Rockies and Dodgers play three more this weekend, before the Rox head back to Denver for a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, and a four-gamer (including one makeup) against the San Francisco Giants.