• My Scores
  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Golf

Los Angeles at Colorado

L.A. Dodgers (29-35)0001303007120
Colorado (30-32) «00000351x9111

Rockies 9, Dodgers 7

CBSSports.com wire reports

DENVER -- The scuffling Colorado Rockies gathered before beginning a 10-game homestand and reminisced about all that late-inning magic from the last couple of years, that Coors Field mojo that was missing.

Then, they went out and rediscovered it in a big way.

Troy Tulowitzki drove in four runs, including a tying two-run single in Colorado's five-run seventh inning, Gonzalez had three hits, Todd Helton reached base four times and the Rockies rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-7 on Thursday night.

More on Dodgers at Rockies
Related links
Fantasy videos

Updating MLB news | Follow on Twitter

"We believe that we can do a lot of special things at Coors Field in front of our fans," Gonzalez said before the game. "It doesn't necessarily have to be walk-offs, but just do crazy things, the kind of crazy things that we've done before.

"We haven't gotten any walk-off games or comebacks, but it's about to happen."

After it did happen like he had predicted, Gonzalez said he kept reminding himself when the Rockies fell behind twice by four runs that this was exactly the situation he'd envisioned and the Rockies were just setting themselves up for a dramatic comeback that could turn into a season-changing catalyst.

"We've been looking for this the whole year," Gonzalez said.

For once, the Rockies' offense picked up its pitching instead of the other way around. After scoring just 13 runs over an eight-game stretch, the worst in franchise history, the Rockies have 14 runs in their last two games.

Tulowitzki, who has driven in seven runs in the last two games, delivered against Mike MacDougal and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi drew a bases-loaded walk to break the 7-7 tie as the Rockies sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh.

"That's the guy that we've been looking for," Gonzalez said about Tulowitzki. "About me, same thing. I just need to get on base, find myself and when we both are going good, we have a lot of chances to win the game."

"This game is what we did fairly often last year," Tulowitzki said. "We hadn't had a game like this the whole year, a come-from-behind win where we felt some energy and felt we were going to come back.

With the rally, Matt Reynolds stood to get the win, but because he was ineffective - three runs and four hits in one inning - the official scorer gave the victory to Rafael Betancourt (2-0), who pitched a perfect eighth.

Scott Elbert (0-1) recorded just one out while picking up the loss, yielding two runs and a hit.

Chris Nelson's sacrifice fly in the eighth provided an insurance run for the Rockies before Huston Street got the final three outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

Street gave up a one-out double to Andre Ethier before striking out Matt Kemp and getting Rod Barajas on a flyout to right field.

Behind Kemp's continued power surge - he hit his NL-leading 18th homer, drove in three runs and came a single shy of his first career cycle - the Dodgers built leads of 4-0 and 7-3 that left-hander Clayton Kershaw couldn't hold.

Kershaw, who has a 5.76 ERA in nine career starts at Coors Field, cruised through five scoreless innings and even keyed two three-run innings with singles before allowing three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

"It's not fun to lose, it's not fun to lose when you have the lead, it's not fun to lose when you pitch well through five innings," Kershaw said. "I never think I'm tired, I never feel tired. It's just one of those things, you have to figure out a way to finish off these games. It's definitely frustrating, especially when we got guys swinging the bats well and scoring some runs."

Kershaw, who gave up six runs and seven hits, left after Colorado loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh. Elbert, a hard-throwing lefty who hadn't allowed a run in 7 2/3 innings since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on May 11, gave up an RBI single to Carlos Gonzalez.

After Nelson struck out, Helton drew a walk and Tulowitzki's bloop hit to right off MacDougal tied it at 7. Ty Wigginton was hit by a 3-2 fastball to load the bases for Giambi, who drew a walk to give the Rockies their first lead of the night.

Blake Hawksworth came in and got Charlie Blackmon to foul out and Jose Morales to ground out, leaving the bases loaded.

Kemp continued his torrid road trip with a 3-for-5 night. Through the first seven games of the Dodgers' 10-game swing, he's 14 for 28 with five homers and 13 RBI.

Kemp put the Dodgers ahead 1-0 when he started the fourth with a drive to center on an 80-mph slider from rookie right-hander Juan Nicasio.

Kershaw led off the fifth with a comebacker that was barely out of Nicasio's reach. He came around to score on Ethier's two-out single. Nicasio was one strike away from escaping further trouble when he served up a two-run triple to Kemp that made it 4-0.

Kershaw ran into trouble in the sixth when the Rockies loaded the bases with one out and Tulowitzki sent Kershaw's first pitch down the left-field line for a two-run double that cut the Dodgers' lead in half.

"It's nice to come up with the bases loaded as opposed to leading off an inning," Tulowitzki said.


The Dodgers optioned rookie OF Jerry Sands to Triple-A Albuquerque and recalled left-handed hitting OF Trent Oeltjen. ... Helton has reached base in nine of his last 10 plate appearances.

Copyright 2015 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
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

Related Video

September 14, 2015
Rockies eliminated: Heyman on what's ahead (2:17)
August 24, 2015
Jose Reyes would welcome a trade from Rockies
August 24, 2015
Mets sweep Rockies
August 20, 2015
Harvey may not pitch against the Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers
Dee Gordon, SS5120020 .385
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
Casey Blake, 3B5211001 .267
Andre Ethier, RF4132000 .335
Matt Kemp, CF5133022 .329
Juan Uribe, 2B3000111 .218
   a- Rod Barajas, PH1000001 .209
James Loney, 1B4010002 .241
Dioner Navarro, C3000112 .188
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF4000012 .217
Clayton Kershaw, P3220002 .276
    Scott Elbert, P0000000 .000
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH-SS1000000 .303
a-flied out for Uribe in the 9th
b-flied out for Hawksworth in the 8th
2B - Casey Blake (5, M. Reynolds), Andre Ethier (16, Street), Matt Kemp (13, M. Reynolds)
3B - Matt Kemp (1, Nicasio)
HR - Matt Kemp (18, Nicasio)
SF - Andre Ethier (2)
RBI - Casey Blake (13), Andre Ethier 2 (32), Matt Kemp 3 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (12), Matt Kemp 2 (17)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Strange-Gordon-Uribe-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 6766360 3.44
Scott Elbert (H,4; L,0-1) 0.1122110 2.25
Mike MacDougal (BS,1)0100100 2.14
Blake Hawksworth 0.2000000 2.70
Josh Lindblom 1211100 2.25
IBB - Helton by Josh Lindblom
HBP - Wigginton (by Mike MacDougal)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 98-54, Scott Elbert 14-9, Mike MacDougal 15-7, Blake Hawksworth 12-8, Josh Lindblom 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 7-4, Blake Hawksworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 27, Scott Elbert 3, Mike MacDougal 3, Blake Hawksworth 2, Josh Lindblom 6
Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5231010 .257
Chris Nelson, 2B4121013 .269
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Todd Helton, 1B2211301 .318
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5024004 .264
Ty Wigginton, 3B3001112 .250
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3000022 .243
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Giambi, PH0001100 .227
    Aaron Cook, PR0000000 .333
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Herrera, 2B0000000 .256
Charlie Blackmon, LF4110004 .182
Jose Morales, C4110014 .226
Juan Nicasio, P1000010 .286
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Young Jr., PH-RF1100100 .235
    Seth Smith, RF1110000 .307
a-walked for M. Reynolds in the 7th
b-grounded out for Brothers in the 6th
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (10, Lindblom), Troy Tulowitzki (14, Kershaw)
SF - Chris Nelson (1)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (35), Chris Nelson (1), Todd Helton (26), Troy Tulowitzki 4 (40), Ty Wigginton (18), Jason Giambi (15)
Team LOB - 8
E - Jose Morales (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Juan Nicasio 5744141 3.50
Rex Brothers 1000020 0.00
Matt Reynolds 1433100 3.63
Rafael Betancourt (H,15; W,2-0) 1000000 2.92
Huston Street (S,18) 1100010 3.30
IBB - Uribe by Matt Reynolds
WP - Matt Reynolds (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Nicasio 94-57, Rex Brothers 15-9, Matt Reynolds 29-15, Rafael Betancourt 14-10, Huston Street 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Nicasio 8-3, Matt Reynolds 1-2, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Juan Nicasio 23, Rex Brothers 3, Matt Reynolds 8, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26066
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Marvin Hudson