5-Run 9th Inning Not Enough As Dodgers Lose To Rockies 6-5
DENVER (CBS/AP) – Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight shutout innings and the Colorado Rockies pounded Chad Billingsley for 13 hits in a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Chacin (7-4) stifled a Dodgers lineup missing slugger Matt Kemp (hamstring), and the Rockies scored five times in the fifth on six straight singles.
The Rockies were cruising until the 9th inning, when Kemp came into pinch-hit; With nobody on base, Kemp crushed a mammoth HR, clearing the stands at Coors Field.
His appearance extended his consecutive games played streak to 269, most amongst active players.
it was also his NL leading 19th HR.
The solo shot made the score 6-1 Rockies.
From there the Dodgers woke up, prompting Rockies manager Jim Tracy to bring in closer Huston Street, who promptly allowed Aaron Miles’ two-run single and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Rod Barajas before freezing Trent Oeltjen looking at strike three for his 19th save in 21 tries.
NOTES: Oeltjen replaced Kemp in the lineup and played LF with Tony Gwynn moving to CF. Blake moved from the second spot in the order to Kemp’s cleanup spot. … In his first rehab start, Rockies RHP Esmil Rogers (strained side muscle) allowed one run and six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in five innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday night. … This is the Rockies’ first three-game winning streak since winning seven straight in early April.
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