Dodgers Withstand Late Rockies Comeback, Win Third Straight

The Dodgers have won seven of their last eight home games.

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Dodgers Hold Off Late Rally, Beat Rockies 8-5

Tonight's game at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and the Rockies was almost two games, or at least two stories. The lead story was the Dodger offense breaking out for eight runs, their most at home since May 31, which led them to an 8-1 lead after eight innings. The backup tale, or B story if you will, came in the top of the ninth, when the Rockies came dangerously close to tying the game, only to be thwarted by an unlikely new bullpen savior for the Dodgers.

Andre Ethier hit his 10th home run of the season, a no-doubter into the right field pavilion to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead in the third inning. They tacked on two runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth, building an 8-1 lead. Rubby De La Rosa was effective in his six innings of work, allowing one run and seven baserunners while striking out five, and was thankful for the runs of support, as the Dodgers had only scored nine total runs in his previous six starts.

Hong-Chih Kuo and Mike MacDougal combined to face eight batters in the top of the ninth, but were only able to record one out. Granted, they weren't helped by an error by Jamey Carroll on a potential game-ending double play ball. The molasses-footed Jason Giambi hit a slow ground ball to Carroll with one out, but the second baseman booted it, then rushed to throw to first, forgetting Giambi was running. The throw pulled James Loney off the bag, and helped prolong the inning. But back to Kuo and MacDougal for a moment, they also walked two batters each so they don't get the benefit of the doubt.

Enter Javy Guerra, who began the season in Double A and has almost fallen into the closer role. Guerra earned saves on Saturday and Sunday, and was brought into an 8-5 game with one out, facing Troy Tulowitzki with the bases loaded. Now, FanGraphs tells us the Dodgers' win expectancy at this moment in the game was 84.3%, but it sure seemed like a lot less than that, especially with Tulowitzki at the dish. However, Guerra got him to pop out on one pitch, then got Seth Smith to ground out to end the game.

Three straight saves by Guerra give him the team lead with eight this year. The Dodgers have split 10 games with the Rockies this season. Rafael Furcal had two hits, and has reached base eight times in 15 plate appearances over the last three games. Clayton Kershaw and Jhoulys Chacin face off Tuesday night in the second game of the series.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Monday Starting Lineups

The Dodgers have won their last two games, and look to continue that win streak Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Rockies at Chavez Ravine. Rubby De La Rosa gets the start for the Dodgers, facing Juan Nicasio for Colorado in a battle of rookies. Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Rockies (48-54)

Fowler CF
Ellis 2B
Helton 1B
Tulowitzki SS
Smith RF
Wigginton LF
Stewart 3B
Iannetta C
Nicasio P

Dodgers (45-56)

Furcal SS
Miles 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Velez 2B
De La Rosa P

Eugenio Velez hasn't played a game in the field since July 9. He has appeared in just one game since then, as he pinch ran on Saturday night against Washington. Velez stole a base and scored the trying run. He made one previous start this season, in left field.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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De La Rosa, Dodgers Open Series With Nicasio, Rockies In Battle Of Rookies At Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers look for their third straight win Monday night as they open a three-game series with the Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Rubby De La Rosa gets the start for the Dodgers, facing Juan Nicasio for Colorado. The Dodgers are 4-5 against Colorado this season.

De La Rosa is 3-4 with a 3.73 ERA in his rookie season. He is looking for his first win since June 12, which came against the Rockies at Coors Field, though he has pitched well of late. De La Rosa has allowed seven runs (six earned) in his last four starts, with a 2.16 ERA, seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 25 innings during that span. The Dodgers have scored nine runs in his last six starts.

Fellow rookie Nicasio is 4-2 on the season with a 3.88 ERA. He has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts, allowing one total run in those two starts. Nicasio gave up four runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 9.

The Dodgers have won six of their last seven home games. The Rockies are 3-10 in their last 13 road games.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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