Colorado at Los Angeles

Scoreboard
Colorado (62-57) «0101000001370
L.A. Dodgers (61-60)1100000000270

Dodgers' miscues in 10th inning help Rockies win

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

LOS ANGELES -- The start of the game was rough for Colorado's Jason Hammel when he allowed a first-inning run to score on his second wild pitch to Andre Ethier.

Dodgers reliever Octavio Dotel did him one better.

Melvin Mora scored the go-ahead run on one of Dotel's three wild pitches in the 10th, and the Rockies nailed a runner at the plate for the final out Wednesday night to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.

"It's just tough, that's all I can tell you," manager Joe Torre said. "He was just wild, and unfortunately it cost us. We came away empty and wasted good pitching."

After Dotel's wild flings put the Rockies ahead, they preserved it with two good throws.

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th and Reed Johnson on first base, Scott Podsednik blooped a single in front of center fielder Dexter Fowler.

The ball skittered away, but Fowler recovered quickly and threw to strong-armed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki near the second-base bag.

Third-base coach Larry Bowa frantically waved home Johnson, but Tulowitzki's relay to catcher Miguel Olivo beat the sliding Dodgers runner by several feet.

"We were shading Scotty a little deeper than normal, obviously, because we didn't want the ball driven over any of our outfielders' heads in that situation and give them an easy tying run," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "But it got between the infielders and outfielders, and we had to recover, find the ball very quickly and get it in.

"We had to make that type of a throw, and that accurate of a throw, or Reed Johnson was going to score. That is a lethal throwing arm at shortstop. Actually, either [Clint] Barmes or Tulowitzki could make that throw. But if you have a choice in that situation, from an arm strength standpoint, the right guy threw the ball to the plate."

The last out wrapped up a night of stellar defensive plays.

Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who began the day third in the NL batting race, left with a bruised right knee after slamming against the fence and robbing Casey Blake of an RBI double to end the sixth inning.

Gonzalez was down on the warning track for several minutes with the ball still in his glove, surrounded by Tracy and two trainers. Gonzalez left the field under his own power and exchanged high-fives in the dugout with his teammates.

"We had an incredible catch in right field that may have been the difference in the game," Tracy said. "More than likely, Gonzalez will not be available for us tomorrow, but we're very hopeful of the fact that we will have him back on Friday. That's what I was just told."

The game was 2-2 in the 10th when Dotel (2-3) walked Mora with one out. Mora stole second on a strikeout by Eric Young, then advanced on a wild pitch to Fowler, who eventually walked.

Jason Giambi pinch-hit for Ryan Spilborghs, and Mora came home as Dotel bounced another pitch past rookie catcher A.J. Ellis. Dotel uncorked one more wild one before retiring Tulowitzki on a grounder.

Rafael Betancourt (3-1) got the victory, striking out both batters he faced in the ninth. Huston Street got three outs for his ninth save in 12 chances.

The Rockies' clubhouse was anything but celebratory, because it was Brad Hawpe's final game with the club he spent his first seven big league seasons with.

"I got my release," Hawpe said. "It's sad to be leaving this team, but that's part of the game. In six weeks, I was not going to be under contract and was going to be a free agent, and things weren't going to work out for me to be here. So we had a bunch of discussions over the last few days."

Hawpe, one of the cornerstones of the Rockies' 2007 NL championship team and a first-time All-Star last season, cleared waivers on Wednesday amid talk he would be released. He's hitting .255 with seven home runs and 37 RBI, and he ended his Rockies career with a pinch-hit single in the seventh. The move doesn't become official until Thursday, when rookie reliever Matt Reynolds is expected to be activated.

"They said: 'We've got guys that have got to play in the outfield who are younger and are going to be with the team next year. So you can either continue to play or we can give you an opportunity to find another team that would need you in their lineup.' So I'm taking that opportunity and running with it. But I'm going to be sad, obviously," Hawpe said.

Tracy declined to talk about Hawpe's impending departure after the game, but had nothing but praise for him during batting practice.

"He's been an integral part of this ballclub for a long period of time and he's done a lot of very special things and had some very special moments here," Tracy said. "He has been a huge guy in our clubhouse, as far as setting the tone as to how a winning major league player conducts himself. He gets all of that, which is why this situation is so very difficult for me. It's really hard."

Hammel allowed two runs and two hits over six innings, striking out four and walking four.

Notes

  • Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal had a setback in his rehab from a strained lower back than has sidelined him since Aug. 3. He will be re-examined on Thursday and undergo a bone scan. "I'm trying to play, trying to get it fine, but I haven't felt good the last couple, three days," Furcal said. "I feel bad."
  • Dodgers LF Manny Ramirez (calf injury), began a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday night with high Class A Inland Empire. But there's no timetable for his return. "It's going to have to eventually be him telling us," Torre said. "He has to test it to the point of feeling comfortable going out there, because we don't have the DH in this league and he is going to have to play [left field]."
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Rockies closer Huston Street celebrates after Miguel Olivo applies the tag on Reed Johnson for the game's final out.  (AP)
Rockies closer Huston Street celebrates after Miguel Olivo applies the tag on Reed Johnson for the game's final out. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

H. Kuroda
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 7
Colorado

M. Olivo
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

Related Video

Colorado Rockies
Eric Young , LF5010022.265
Dexter Fowler , CF4010101.242
Carlos Gonzalez , LF3000021.318
Troy Tulowitzki , SS5000023.317
Seth Smith , RF3210120.266
Todd Helton , 1B3000112.246
Ian Stewart , 3B4020001.270
Miguel Olivo , C4012011.281
Jason Hammel , SP2000003.098
a-Brad Hawpe , PH-RF1010000.255
Ryan Spilborghs , LF1000010.274
b-Jason Giambi , PH-1B0000100.271
  Esmil Rogers , PR0000000.300
Melvin Mora , 3B0100100.268
Totals3537251114
a-Singled for J Hammel in the 7th.
b-Intentionally walked for R Spilborghs in the 10th.
BATTING
2B - E Young (2); M Olivo (11)
RBI - M Olivo 2 (50)
BASERUNNING
SB - M Mora (2)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Hammel 6.04224404.36
Matt Belisle 2.01000302.21
Joe Beimel 0.10001002.45
Rafael Betancourt (W,3-1) 0.20000204.20
Huston Street (S,9) 1.02000104.10
Los Angeles Dodgers
Scott Podsednik , LF5120011.309
Ryan Theriot , 2B2000110.284
Andre Ethier , RF3000120.300
James Loney , 1B3010101.286
Casey Blake , 3B3010112.248
Jay Gibbons , OF3110002.375
Jamey Carroll , SS3011101.288
A.J. Ellis , C3000022.174
a-Reed Johnson , PH1010000.301
Hiroki Kuroda , SP2000001.000
Matt Kemp , CF2000021.257
Ronnie Belliard , PH-3B1000011.218
Totals3127151012
a-Singled for A Ellis in the 10th.
BATTING
2B - J Carroll (11)
RBI - J Carroll (19)
S - R Theriot (5)
BASERUNNING
CS - R Theriot (8); J Carroll (2)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda 7.06221703.48
Jonathan Broxton 1.01000103.28
Hong-Chih Kuo 1.00001101.45
Octavio Dotel (L,2-3) 1.00113204.34
Game Information
Attendance - 44268
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck