Jason Giambi's walk-off three-run home run off Scott Elbert gave the Colorado Rockies an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday at Coors Field. The loss was just the third series loss for the Dodgers this season in eight tries.
The Dodgers were down 2-1 after seven innings in a pitchers duel, and that's when the game started to get interesting. Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled in two runs in the top of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a lead, and ace Clayton Kershaw had thrown just 81 pitches through seven innings to that point, looking poised to pitch at least the eighth inning if not his first complete game of the year.
But he gave up a pair of singles and a wild pitch to allow the tying run, followed by a two-run home run by Carlos Gonzalez to give Colorado a 5-3 lead. It was the second home run of the game for Gonzalez, who had three home runs and seven RBI in the three-game series.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Matt Kemp was intentionally walked with two outs and a man on first base, and Dee Gordon made Colorado pay with a double to tie the game at 5-5.
Jamey Wright, pitching his second inning to start the bottom of the ninth, allowed two walks and a sacrifice bunt before Elbert was brought in to face Giambi.
The Dodgers are off Thursday before starting a three-game series on Friday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
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