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Colorado Rockies beat Los Angeles Dodgers on CarGo's late inning breakthrough

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Dark clouds hang heavy over the Rockies in Los Angeles until Carlos Gonzalez blasts the sky wide open.

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An unusual stormy evening in Los Angeles set the stage for the Rockies to snap a crippling 11-game slide with a 5-4 victory.

The Dodgers got after Chad Bettis with some hard hit balls early. Adrian Gonzalez plated two with a double in the bottom of the first inning, and Brett Anderson would tack on another with an RBI double of his own in the second. A single from Yasmani Grandal in the fifth inning to score Gonzalez brought the Dodgers' run total to four.

Bettis showed flashes of promise in three scoreless innings, notching key strikeouts of Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke. In five innings of work, Bettis allowed four runs -- all earned -- on seven hits, walking four and striking out three.

Wilin Rosario belted a solo shot over the right field fence in the top of the second to keep the Rockies within a run of the Dodgers. The Rockies would not score again until the top of the sixth inning, Carlos Gonzalez touching home an hour and 25 minutes of rain delay from drawing a walk to start the inning. Colorado left the bases loaded as another former Rockie, Juan Nicasio, got strikeouts of Nick Hundley and DJ LeMahieu to close out the frame.

Wilin Rosario was integral on both sides of the ball, but the heroics of the night belong to CarGo. Carlos Gonzalez went 1-3 with two walks and a zero doubt three-run bomb off of Yimi Garcia in the bottom of the ninth to keep the Rockies from dropping their 12th straight game.

Brett Anderson struck out eight Rockies and walked one in 5 1/3 innings, charged for two runs on five hits.
The Dodgers used Nicasio, Chris Hatcher and Yimi Garcia in relief.

Ken Roberts, Rafael Betancourt and John Axford shut the Dodgers' offense down behind Chad Bettis.

Yimi Garcia takes the loss, Rafael Betancourt gets the win, and John Axford earns his fourth save of the season.


Source: FanGraphs

The Rockies and Dodgers will meet for the second of a four game set tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. MT. Eddie Butler will match up against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.