DENVER (AP) ― Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings before giving way to a shaky bullpen and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game skid by holding off the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 on Saturday.
The Rockies are 3-16 since June 16 ― with De La Rosa (9-6) accounting for each win. The lefty allowed two runs and three hits, all in the first inning. He then watched the bullpen almost completely unravel.
The Dodgers turned this into a game with a five-run seventh, but Adam Ottavino put the brakes on the rally.
Dan Haren (8-5) gave up a season-high eight runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out eight. He had a hard act to follow after teammate Clayton Kershaw’s masterful performance the night before, when he allowed two hits in eight innings.
Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer and Wilin Rosario added a pair of RBI singles as the Rockies ended a six-game slide against the Dodgers. The team was without NL hitting leader Troy Tulowitzki, who rested a tight groin for a second straight game.
Los Angeles took advantage of three hits and two errors in a two-run first. But De La Rosa was tricky to solve after that. He was taken out for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning after throwing 100 pitches.
The Dodgers pounced on reliever Nick Masset by scoring four runs in the seventh. Masset departed with a left leg injury after failing to record an out.
Boone Logan, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, didn’t fare much better, loading the bases without getting an out.
Ottavino was summoned and got Juan Uribe to hit into a double play. After an intentional walk, Ottavino worked the Rockies out of the jam by striking out A.J. Ellis.
In the eighth, Ottavino escaped another sticky situation when Hanley Ramirez grounded out with Dee Gordon on second.
Rangers power past Mets
|Texas Rangers left fielder Choo Shin-soo attempts a diving catch against the New York Mets in the third inning Saturday. The Korean went 0 for 5. (USA Today-Yonhap)|
NEW YORK (AP) ― After more than two weeks of mostly misery, the Texas Rangers weren’t about to start patting themselves on the back for winning one game.
Robinson Chirinos hit an early three-run homer, Adrian Beltre connected again and Texas ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.
“I know we finally won a ballgame, but we’ve got to win more than just today,” manager Ron Washington said.
Alex Rios had three hits, including an RBI double off longtime Texas nemesis Bartolo Colon in a four-run first, and Colby Lewis (6-5) pitched six steady innings to help the banged-up Rangers win for only the third time in 17 games.
They snapped a 10-game skid on the road, their longest since a club-record slide of 12 games in 2003, with their first win away from home since June 16 in Oakland.
“It’s been a rough season and we’ve talked plenty about this, and it’s a shame that it happened to us with as good of a team that we were going to have,” Rios said. “But we just have to go out and play like we did tonight, have fun and enjoy what we do.”
Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Mets, who have dropped five of six and eight of 10. David Wright had a double in four at-bats as he returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a bruised left rotator cuff.
Colon (8-7) went seven innings but lost his second consecutive outing after going 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous seven starts. The 41-year-old right-hander fell to 20-9 in 34 starts against the Rangers, his most wins against any team and the most by any pitcher vs. Texas.
The first inning has been a bugaboo for Colon all season.
“I have no idea why,” he said through a translator. “I was just having trouble getting my pitches where I wanted them that first inning.”
Boston 3, Baltimore 2 Gm. 1
Baltimore 7, Boston 4 Gm. 2
Seattle 3, Chicago White Sox 2
Minnesota 2, NY Yankees 1
Miami 6, St. Louis 5
Washington 13, Chicago Cubs 0
Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 2
Tampa Bay 7, Detroit 2
Atlanta 10, Arizona 4
Milwaukee 1, Cincinnati 0
Cleveland 7, Kansas City 3
San Francisco 5, San Diego 3
Oakland 5, Toronto 1
LA Angels 11, Houston 5