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Rockies eliminated from playoffs, lose to Dodgers

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DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki slammed his helmet in disgust and impaled the handle of his broken bat into the ground behind home plate.

The bat stayed in the ground as he walked off the field after striking out to end the game, knowing his Colorado Rockies are out of the pennant race.

Postseason Chase

Casey Blake hit two home runs, Rafael Furcal had two triples and the Los Angeles Dodgers helped eliminate the Rockies from playoff contention with a 9-7 victory Tuesday night.

The Rockies were eliminated from the NL playoff race with their loss and wins by Atlanta and San Francisco on Tuesday. Atlanta's 3-2 victory against Florida knocked Colorado out of the wild card and the Giants' 4-2 victory against Arizona finished them in the NL West.

"It's been a tough stretch," Todd Helton said. "Just a tough go."

The Rockies were within a game of first place nine days earlier with a chance to sweep the Dodgers in L.A. But they couldn't hold onto a 6-1 lead and lost in extra innings.

They've now lost eight of nine, including four of the first five on this crucial homestand.

"We've been losing a lot lately because we haven't played well," outfielder Seth Smith said. "Great teams who are not playing well find ways to win games."

They almost found a way in Tuesday's game. They had a man on first and Tulowitzki, their hottest hitter, at the plate with two outs in the ninth against reliever Kenley Jensen. But Tulowitzki struck out swinging to end Colorado's last hope.

"He made sure the first guy got a hit in the ninth so he could go through the three and four hitters," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said of Jensen, who picked up his second save.

Los Angeles, which was eliminated from the race already, has played spoiler by beating the Rockies three straight.

"They are professionals," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "If you're already going home you want to take somebody with you."

The Dodgers blew a four-run lead Tuesday, but came back in the eighth off reliever Octavio Dotel (3-4). A.J. Ellis doubled to lead off and Furcal tripled home pinch-runner Chin-lung Hu to make it 7-6. One batter later, Andre Ethier's sacrifice fly gave L.A. a two-run lead.

The Rockies got one back on Chris Iannetta's bases-loaded walk in the eighth, but Ryan Spilborgh struck out to end the inning. Blake hit his second home run, and 17th of the season, leading off the ninth to restore the two-run lead.

Down 6-2 after James Loney's solo home run in the top of the seventh, the Rockies rallied against starter Hiroki Kuroda. Melvin Mora led off with a single and Helton belted his eighth home run to make it 6-4.

Iannetta drew a one-out walk to end Kuroda's night and reliever Ronald Bellisario gave up a two-run homer to Dexter Fowler to tie it.

"We get back into the game with the help of Helton's home run and the Fowler home run and then they hit our bullpen immediately," Tracy said. "When those things like that happen and you keep asking your offense to come back, it's hard to do."

Bellisario (3-1) got the victory, pitching two-thirds of an inning.

The Dodgers jumped on starter Jeff Francis in the third. Kuroda led off with a single and Furcal followed with an RBI triple. Mora's throwing error on Ryan Theriot's grounder scored Furcal, and one out later Matt Kemp and Blake hit back-to-back homers to make it 5-1.

Francis allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits, striking out just one in three innings. It was the third consecutive short start for Francis since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 13.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first on Chris Nelson's double and Carlos Gonzalez's single.

Notes

  • Helton, 37, said after the game he is coming back next season. "I signed a three-year deal. When was it that [retirement] ever crossed my mind?"
  • Tracy said 2B Eric Young Jr. will have an MRI on his sore right shin and will probably not play again this season. Tracy also confirmed that veteran Jason Giambi will be shut down for the final week of the season.
  • Rockies 2B Clint Barmes left the team early Tuesday to be with his ailing father.
  • Torre said after the game that left-hander Clayton Kershaw will be shut down for the rest of the season. Carlos Monasterios will start in Kershaw's place against the Rockies.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki's frustration is apparent after his strikeout ends Colorado's once-promising push for the postseason.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki's frustration is apparent after his strikeout ends Colorado's once-promising push for the postseason. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Blake
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS5222002 .301
Ryan Theriot, 2B4120100 .271
    Kenley Jansen, P00000001.000
Andre Ethier, RF3011113 .285
Matt Kemp, CF5122024 .248
Casey Blake, 3B5222012 .249
James Loney, 1B5111010 .268
Reed Johnson, LF4000020 .263
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Jamey Carroll, 2B1010000 .293
A.J. Ellis, C3020000 .287
    Chin-lung Hu, PR0100000 .167
    Rod Barajas, C1000011 .236
Hiroki Kuroda, P2110011 .036
    Trent Oeltjen, LF2000012 .250
Totals409148210  
Batting
2B - A.J. Ellis (5, Dotel)
3B - Rafael Furcal 2 (7, Francis, Dotel)
HR - Matt Kemp (24, Francis), Casey Blake 2 (17, Francis, Street), James Loney (10, Rogers)
SF - Andre Ethier (6)
SH - Hiroki Kuroda (11)
RBI - Rafael Furcal 2 (43), Andre Ethier (80), Matt Kemp 2 (79), Casey Blake 2 (64), James Loney (85)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (37)
SB - Jamey Carroll (12, 2nd base off Street/Iannetta), Chin-lung Hu (1, 3rd base off Dotel/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 6.1655161 3.39
Ronald Belisario (BS,2; W,3-1) 0.2111001 5.06
George Sherrill (H,6) 0.1000010 7.01
Jonathan Broxton (H,3) 0.1211000 4.04
Kenley Jansen (S,3) 1.1100220 0.72
WP - Ronald Belisario (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 104-66, Ronald Belisario 6-4, George Sherrill 6-4, Jonathan Broxton 8-4, Kenley Jansen 36-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-5, Ronald Belisario 2-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 26, Ronald Belisario 3, George Sherrill 1, Jonathan Broxton 3, Kenley Jansen 7
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5232000 .254
Chris Nelson, 2B5110012 .353
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5022011 .341
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5000013 .314
Melvin Mora, 3B4220011 .290
Todd Helton, 1B4122010 .260
Seth Smith, RF3000110 .249
Chris Iannetta, C2101210 .206
Jeff Francis, P0000000 .091
   a- Michael McKenry, PH1000000 .000
    Esmil Rogers, P1000010 .176
   b- Jay Payton, PH1000001 .370
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000013 .280
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals37710739  
a-grounded out for Francis in the 3rd
b-grounded out for Rogers in the 7th
c-struck out for M. Reynolds in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Nelson (1, Kuroda)
3B - Dexter Fowler (13, Kuroda)
HR - Dexter Fowler (5, Belisario), Todd Helton (8, Kuroda)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (35), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (117), Todd Helton 2 (36), Chris Iannetta (27)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (16), Carlos Gonzalez (37), Chris Iannetta (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Melvin Mora (9, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 3654012 4.93
Esmil Rogers 4311261 6.22
Octavio Dotel (L,3-4) 0.1322000 4.21
Matt Reynolds 0.2000010 2.04
Huston Street 1211021 3.61
HBP - Ellis (by Esmil Rogers)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 61-42, Esmil Rogers 68-46, Octavio Dotel 18-11, Matt Reynolds 7-5, Huston Street 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 5-4, Esmil Rogers 4-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 16, Esmil Rogers 18, Octavio Dotel 4, Matt Reynolds 2, Huston Street 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34430
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Paul Emmel