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Rockies Drop Series Finale To Dodgers 6-4

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A game that began with left fielder Eric Young, Jr. leading off with an inside-the-park home run, ended in less spectacular fashion, as the Colorado Rockies (40-69) dropped the series finale to the Los Angeles Dodgers (60-52) 6-4 last night in L.A. The Rockies are off today before opening a weekend series tomorrow night at the San Francisco Giants (61-50).

Eric Young Jr. clubbed the fourth pitch of the game off the center field wall, where Matt Kemp misjudged its carom off the padding. As Kemp sprinted back towards the infield to retrieve it, Young rounded third. He touched home far ahead of the relay throw for an inside-the-park home run, the 13th in franchise history and 10th in the Majors this year.

“I didn’t see it. I just knew he missed it,” Young said. “Rounding second, coach waving his arms crazy, I knew we were going for it, and I wanted to make that final stretch for it.

Colorado’s hot start continued, as a Tyler Colvin single drove home Dexter Fowler to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead after just a half inning.

But they wouldn’t finish the first with that lead. Five straight Dodgers reached base off Colorado starter Jeff Francis, including Kemp, though he wasn’t on base for long. After a Shane Victorino single and a Mark Ellis walk, Kemp drove a no-doubter deep over the left-center field wall to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead.

Official: Wednesday’s Box Score.

Francis settled in after relinquishing that short-lived advantage, holding the Dodgers off the board for the remaining three innings of his outing. But while the lefty recovered, his team did not. After an RBI single from DJ LeMahieu tied things up in the fourth, manager Jim Tracy handed the ball to Carlos Torres, who was greeted almost as rudely as Francis.

Torres allowed two hits and two walks to the first four batters in the fifth inning, including a Hanley Ramirez walk with the bases loaded that gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. They added to that lead in the sixth, sparked by another unforced error: Torres hitting No. 8 hitter Matt Treanor to lead off the inning.

The Rockies added one more run off Los Angeles starter Chad Billinglsey, who got the win despite yielding four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Colorado finished the day with eight hits, including two apiece from Young, LeMahieu, and Dexter Fowler.

Tickets are available for the Rockies’ next home game at Coors Field vs. the Milwaukee Brewers on August 13th, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]

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