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(Colo)-Rockies Lose 8th Straight

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/04/2019 01:15 AM
 AP Sports Writer

     LOS ANGELES (AP) - Russell Martin hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs and pinch-hitter David Freese followed with a solo shot in the seventh inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Colorado Rockies 5-3 Tuesday night.
     The Rockies lost their eighth in a row overall, tying a season-long skid, and dropped their 12th in 13 games.
     The Dodgers slugged seven homers - one off their season high - in beating the Rockies 16-9 Monday. They tacked on three more in the middle game of the series to give them 248 this season.
     Caleb Ferguson (1-1) got the victory with two strikeouts in one inning of relief.
     Colorado led 2-0 on solo homers by Daniel Murphy in the second and Nolan Arenado in the fourth. Arenado's 38th homer was his fourth in his last six games at Dodger Stadium.
     Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez took a two-hit shutout into the seventh. The Dodgers advanced just one runner to second base until that inning.
     Cody Bellinger drew a leadoff walk against Gonzalez before A.J. Pollock took a called third strike. Matt Beaty singled sharply to right field and Bellinger rounded second, nearly getting caught too far off the bag, but Ryan McMahon failed to get the tag down in time on Charlie Blackmon's throw.
     Gonzalez was replaced by Bryan Shaw (2-2), who retired Kike Hernandez on a fly out. Martin followed and launched a 2-2 pitch into left field, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game. Freese's solo shot made it 4-2.
     Justin Turner tied a career high with his 27th homer, a solo shot into the lower left-field seats in the eighth that extended the Dodgers' lead to 5-2.
     Closer Kenley Jansen survived another shaky ninth to earn his 28th save. He walked McMahon with one out before pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso doubled to center. Pinch-runner Yonathan Daza scored on Tony Wolters' groundout to second, making it 5-3. Raimel Tapia grounded out to first with a runner on third for the final out.
     The Rockies had the potential tying runs on first and third via singles by Blackmon and Arenado in the eighth, but Casey Sadler induced a fly out to center by Murphy to end the inning.
     Julio Urias made his first appearance for the Dodgers since Aug. 16 after serving a 20-game suspension for a domestic violence allegation in May. He wasn't charged in the incident, but was punished by MLB. The left-hander allowed one run and two hits in three innings of a spot start. Urias struck out three and walked none.
     Gonzalez gave up two runs and three hits in a season-high 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three on 101 pitches, a season high.
     Dodgers: OF Joc Pederson wasn't in the lineup but was available off the bench after sustaining an abdominal contusion from crashing into the lower wall in right field making a catch a night earlier. ... INF Max Muncy (right wrist fracture) took ground balls and will be swinging the bat soon. ... RHP Dustin May will face hitters Wednesday. He was struck on the right side of his head by a liner in Arizona last weekend. ... C Austin Barnes will rejoin the team Friday after being sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
     UP NEXT
     Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (8-9, 6.95 ERA) hasn't won since July 14. He's making his third start since returning from Triple-A on Aug. 25.
     Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 2.35) is enduring his toughest stretch of the season. He's 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA over his last three starts, having allowed five of his 15 homers in that span.


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