The Colorado Rockies got a great performance from their starting pitcher, a late timely hit, but still lost to the Dodgers on Thursday night.
Franklin Morales tossed five innings, giving up four hits and just one earned run but Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke was even more impressive. He threw eight innings giving up one earned run while striking out eight. Greinke held a 2-1 lead in to the eighth before surrendering a one out triple to Justin Morneau that scored Charlie Blackmon and tied the game at two.
Greinke limited the damage by getting Troy Tulowitzki to pop out to shallow left field and then striking out Nolan Arenado who was back in the line up after recovering from a fractured finger he suffered in late May.
Latroy Hawkins came in to pitch the ninth for the Rockies and quickly gave the lead back to the Dodgers. Hawkins walked Matt Kemp to lead off the inning. Two batters later former Rockie, Juan Uribe, delivered his third hit of the night. The base hit to center scored Kemp and the Dodgers went on to win 3-2. Rockies manger Walt Weiss thought second baseman D.J. LeMahieu had a play on Uribe's grounder but was screened by the umpire.
"He didn't see the ball. It happens," said Weiss. "Ball was hit hard and the umpire didn't have time to move and D.J. didn't see the ball."
The Rockies have now lost four straight games and 15 of their last 17.
Jair Jurrens will make his Colorado debut on Friday when the Rockies take on the Dodgers again. Jurrjens came to Colorado via trade this week with the Cincinnati Reds. His first assignment is not an easy one. Jurrjens will pitch against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw who will enter Friday's game having pitched 28 consecutive scoreless innings. A run that includes a no-hitter against the Rockies back on June 18th..
First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 PM.
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