Jul 29, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (29) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers met Saturday evening in game three of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
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Jorge De La Rosa tossed 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks, and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of three home runs to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Saturday night.
The Rockies jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning, when Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run off Dodgers’ starter Zack Greinke.
That lead held for a while, as Jorge De La Rosa – and for a while, Greinke – traded zeros and each threw a gem through six full innings.
Greinke was done after six, and in the top of the seventh, the Rockies blew the game open off reliever Sergio Santos.
Daniel Descalso, starting at shortstop for Troy Tulowitzki who was nursing a tight quadriceps muscle, hit a two-run home run in the seventh to make the game 3-0 in favor of the Rockies.
Then, in the eighth, Gonzalez singled home DJ LeMahieu, and was then driven in on a two-run Nolan Arenado home run to make it 6-0 for the Rox.
For good measure, in the top of the ninth, a LeMahieu single scored Rafael Ynoa – who had hit a pinch-hit double – to put the Rockies up a touchdown against Dodger pitching.
The real story of the game, though, was Jorge De La Rosa, who went 7. 1 innings, allowing two hits – and no walks – while striking out three Dodgers. De La Rosa threw 95 pitches – 62 of which were strikes – but was removed in the eighth inning with an apparent groin injury.
De La Rosa’s injury would only add to the walking wounded for the Rockies, who were without Tulowitzki today with the quad issue, as well as Justin Morneau, who they placed on the seven-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms. Ynoa, who pinch-hit in the ninth, was recalled in Morneau’s place.
In the ninth inning, reliever Scott Oberg made things interesting after hitting two batters and allowing a walk and a double, allowing a run, but he slammed the door (eventually) and gave the Rockies their second win in three tries in Los Angeles.
The Rockies and Dodgers play the final game of their four-game set tomorrow afternoon from Dodger Stadium, before the Rockies come home to face the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds next week.