Seth Smith hit a mammoth two-run home run into the second deck in right field in the seventh inning, giving the Colorado Rockies a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. The Dodgers only allowed three hits, but Colorado made them count. Chad Billingsley gave the Dodgers what they needed, a long outing to save the bullpen, but he faltered in his final two innings.
The Dodgers held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but after a walk to Jason Giambi, Billingsley allowed the home run to Smith to give the Rockies the lead. Billingsley got through the seventh inning at 105 pitches, but because the Dodgers were working with a short bullpen Billingsley started the eighth as well. Colorado picked up an unearned insurance run to pad their lead.
The win snapped a major league record 17-game Sunday losing streak for the Rockies.
James Loney might want to warm up in the bullpen before every game. Just in case he would have been needed in an emergency, Loney warmed up in the bullpen before the game, as he was a pitcher in high school. Loney didn't get to pitch, but he did have a day at the plate, with four hits, including a home run. Loney has hit three of his six home runs this season at Coors Field.
Matt Kemp had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Kevin Millwood pitched seven innings to pick up his first win of the season for Colorado. The Dodgers conclude their road trip with a trip to St. Louis beginning Monday night. Nathan Eovaldi faces Chris Carpenter in the series opener.
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