Jordan Lyles was very uneven tonight. He went six innings in all and gave up four runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Walks really hurt Lyles. He got into trouble in the third inning. After retiring the first batter he faced, Lyles gave up a single to Zack Greinke and followed up with a walk to Jimmy Rollins. Yasiel Puig then singled to left field to load the bases for Adrian Gonzalez. The best case scenario in this situation is a double play. Gonzalez was agreeable to that need and hit a groundball straight at Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo flipped the ball to fellow Leather Daddy DJ LeMahieu, but LeMahieu's throw to first base was a touch low, and Morneau couldn't glove it. The Dodgers didn't add any more, but the play put them ahead 2-1.
After an efficient fourth inning Lyles headed into the fifth having thrown just 55 pitches. But that's when Lyles really lost his control. Lyles walked the leadoff batter, Joc Pederson. After Greinke laid down a sacrifice bunt, Lyles walked Rollins and Puig to load the bases for Adrian Gonzalez again. This time, Gonzalez was not so willing to help the Rockies and didn't hit a ground ball to Tulo; instead, he hit a near 400 foot single to the warning track that Charlie Blackmon nearly dove and caught. The hit scored two and put the Dodgers up 4-1.
Lyles walked another batter in the sixth inning, but no damage was done. After six innings with five walks and two bases loaded situations fresh in the mind, it really felt like the Rockies' deficit should have been more than three runs.
The Rockies' first run came on a Blackmon double and a Tulo double in the first inning. From then until the seventh inning, there wasn't much offensive action. In the top of the seventh, DJ LeMahieu hit a two run dinger to left-center. off of Zack Greinke, which chased him from the game. The home run made it a one run affair again, as it was 4-3 heading into the stretch.
In the bottom of the seventh, however, the Dodgers hit three doubles (Rollins, Puig, and Howie Kendrick) against Brooks Brown to get the two runs right back.
Rafael Betancourt prevented any more runs from crossing in the eighth. Joel Peralta closed off the game for the Dodgers with a clean ninth inning.
The Rockies will try to make it a winning road trip tomorrow, as Eddie Butler faces off against Brandon McCarthy at 2:10 MT.
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