Dodgers Vs. Rockies: Five-Run First Inning Leads Colorado To 7-6 Win

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-4 with four RBI, as the Colorado Rockies avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies scored five first-inning runs for starter Jhoulys Chacin (11-10), who allowed four runs on six hits over five-plus innings to earn the win. He walked five and struck out six.

Carlos Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with three hits for the Rockies, who have won six of eight.

Nathan Eovaldi (1-2) surrendered five runs on six hits over four frames to suffer the loss.

"Nothing was wrong with Nathan today," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "We just didn't get a break in the first inning."

Tony Gwynn and Justin Sellers each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who saw their five-game win streak come to an end.

In the first, Dexter Fowler drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Troy Tulowitzki's two-out single. A single by Seth Smith and a walk by Ty Wigginton loaded the bases before Kouzmanoff delivered a three-run double to shallow right, which glanced off the arm of the diving Trent Oeltjen. Eliezer Alfonzo's subsequent RBI single made it a 5-0 game.

The Rockies pushed two more across in the fifth with a Smith RBI double and a Kouzmanoff RBI single, but the Dodgers proved relentless.

In the home first, Gwynn led off with a triple and scored on Sellers' base hit.

Sellers doubled in the third and crossed the plate two batters later on James Loney's two-bagger.

Chacin was pulled after issuing three straight walks to begin the sixth. Matt Reynolds entered and allowed an RBI groundout from pinch-hitter Eugenio Velez and a Gwynn sac fly, making it a 7-4 game. Matt Belisle relieved Reynolds and retired Sellers to end the inning.

Matt Lindstrom took the hill for the Rockies an inning later and the Dodgers continued to apply pressure, pushing two more runs across. Matt Kemp led off with a walk and scored on Aaron Miles' double to right. Oeltjen followed two batters later with an RBI single.

LA got no closer, however, as Rex Brothers tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and Rafael Betancourt worked a perfect ninth to record his fourth save of the season.

In addition to going 3-for-4, Gonzalez saved a pair of runs with a spectacular diving catch in the fourth. The Dodgers placed runners at the corners with two down before Sellers sliced a line drive towards the right field line. Gonzalez pursued at a sprint and made a diving, fully-extended catch to end the inning.

"Put Carlos' catch in the fourth inning up there with all the others," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy.

Game Notes

Gonzalez saw his streak of 11 straight games with an RBI come to an end, which marks a club record...The rookie Eovaldi made his fifth start of the season.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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