The Dodgers got their fourth quality start in five games, but the offense didn't show up in a 3-0 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Jhoulys Chacin allowed no runs in his seven innings to pick up the win for Colorado, while Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs in his six innings, albeit with eight strikeouts. The Dodgers were shutout for just the third time in 286 games in Denver.
The three runs allowed by Kershaw were all scored with two outs, in three successive innings from the fourth to sixth. Home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Iannetta were buttressed by an RBI single by Jose Lopez in the sixth inning to close out the scoring. Still, allowing three runs in six innings at Coors Field seems like it should be good enough, but it wasn't, thanks to Chacin.
Chacin is now 4-3 in his career against the Dodgers with a 2.42 ERA in seven starts. The Dodgers got just one runner (Jamey Carroll) to third base, and the final 12 Dodgers were retired by Colorado pitchers. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Chad Billingsley and Jason Hammel will start tomorrow's series finale, a day game from Coors Field. Tomorrow's start is 12:10 p.m. PDT, and will be televised by Prime Ticket. After the game, Ivan DeJesus was optioned by the Dodgers to Triple A Albuquerque, paving the way for third baseman Casey Blake to be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow's game.
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