The Rockies' frustrating lack of ability to put the ball in play doomed them once again, as they struck out a franchise-record 18 times in a nine-inning game.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw cruised through six innings, but the Rockies got to him in the seventh, scoring four runs, three of which were charged to Kershaw. The Dodgers' ace allowed three runs, all earned, on four hits in 6⅔ innings, walking three and striking out 10.
By contrast, Rockies starter Eddie Butler struggled mightily, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits in 2⅔ innings, walking four and striking out one. Butler threw 83 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Butler and reliever Yohan Flande dug the Rockies a 6-0 hole before the bats got to Kershaw in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez singled and then scored on a hit by DJ LeMahieu. Kershaw then walked pinch hitter Michael McKenry before being pulled in favor of lefty Paco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez failed to retire either of the batters he faces, giving up a single to Charlie Blackmon and a three-run double to Daniel Descalso, cutting the Dodgers lead to 6-4.
Descalso entered the game in the third inning in place of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who left the game with tightness in his quadricep, he is currently considered day-to-day.
The Rockies threatened again in the ninth, but Juan Nicasio struck out former teammates Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario, both of whom represented the go-ahead run, to end the game.
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