National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Colorado
(Friday, May 31st)
Final Score: Los Angeles 7, Colorado 5 (10 innings)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Luis Cruz's go-ahead, RBI groundout in the
Dodgers' two-run 10th lifted Los Angeles to a 7-5 win over the Colorado
Rockies in the opener of a three-game set.
The Dodgers held a 5-2 lead after seven, but Colorado pushed across a run in
the eighth on a Wilin Rosario groundout and tied the game in the ninth when
Todd Helton smacked a towering two-run homer into the second deck in right on
the 11th pitch of his at-bat against Los Angeles closer Brandon League (1-2).
"It would be easy to lay down there," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "The
boys kind of bounced right back up."
Ramon Hernandez singled against Rafael Betancourt (1-3) to begin the 10th
before Scott Van Slyke struck out. Skip Schumaker's base hit put runners
on the corners and pinch-runner Carl Crawford, who replaced Hernandez,
scored when Cruz smoked a comebacker off the foot of Betancourt. Betancourt
was able to retrieve the ball and throw out Cruz at first, but Juan
Uribe singled to center to bring home Schumaker.
Ronald Belisario tossed a scoreless bottom half for his first save of the
Clayton Kershaw fanned five and surrendered three runs on eight hits and two
walks over seven-plus innings for the Dodgers, who snapped a brief two-game
Dexter Fowler tallied three hits and two runs scored for Colorado, which has
dropped three straight and six of its last seven.
"We've played a lot of tight games this year and sometimes the reward for
competing like that is getting punched in the gut. I like the way our guys
fought back against a really good pitcher," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
The Dodgers plated three in the third and two more in the fourth to jump out
to a 5-0 advantage.
Cruz was hit by a pitch to begin the third and came home when Uribe
doubled down the left-field line. Uribe scampered to third on Kershaw's
sacrifice bunt and scored on Mark Ellis' single to center. Andre Ethier worked
a walk and Ellis was pushed across when Adrian Gonzalez grounded a base hit
through the hole on the right side.
With two outs in the fourth, Jon Garland intentionally walked Uribe to put
runners on the corners for Kershaw, who made Colorado pay with a two-run
double to left-center.
Colorado got a pair of runs back in the home half when Michael Cuddyer hit a
one-out, run-scoring single and Rosario registered an RBI groundout.
The Dodgers were 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left eight men
on base ... The Rockies' starter Garland allowed five runs on seven hits and
three walk over five frames.
06/01 01:50:40 ET
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