The Dodgers mounted a crazy comeback on Friday night at Coors Field, but it was too little, too late, as the Rockies grabbed a 6-5 win, winning the first two of a four-game series. The Dodgers were down 6-0 entering the ninth, but five hits and five runs later, they had the tying run on base. Unfortunately, Huston Street struck out Trent Oeltjen to end the game, the third straight loss for the Dodgers.
Matt Kemp didn't start Friday night, as he was a late scratch with a tight left hamstring. However, he came to bat in the ninth inning in a pinch-hitting capacity, extending his consecutive games played streak to 269 games, the longest active streak in MLB. Kemp didn't disappoint, and didn't have to test his hamstring while running, as he blasted a long home run onto the concourse in left field to score the Dodgers first run.
The game should have ended at 6-1, but with two outs third baseman Chris Nelson threw in the dirt to first baseman Ty Wigginton, who couldn't scoop it out, allowing Dioner Navarro to reach base. Both Nelson and Wigginton moved from second and third base, respectively, after first baseman Todd Helton was removed with a big lead. The Dodgers scored four runs after the error, but couldn't tack on the equalizer.
Chad Billingsley got hammered for 13 hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings, his second loss at Coors Field this season. It was a career high in hits allowed for Billingsley, who allowed five runs and seven hits in the fifth inning alone, including a stretch of six straight singles by Colorado. Jhoulys Chacin threw eight scoreless innings for his second win over L.A. this season.
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