Rockies Pitching Shuts Out Dodgers 2-0
The Colorado Rockies (39-68) opened their six-game road trip with a 2-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers (59-51) last night in LA. Four pitchers held the Dodgers to five hits, with Adam Ottavino earning the win in relief of starter Drew Pomeranz. Game 2 of the three-game series is tonight at 8:10 MT at Dodgers Stadium (TV: Root Sports).
The Rockies got on the board in the first inning after singles by Eric Young and Jordan Pacheco put runners on the corners, before a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gonzalez gave them a 1-0 lead.
Colorado tacked on another run in the third with three straight singles, beginning with Young, who scored another run on a Pacheco single.
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After the Dodgers belted two straight singles to begin the bottom of the first, Pomeranz settled down, retiring the next three batters to end the threat.
The left-hander got into some trouble in the third inning, walking the first two batters he faced, but he got Matt Kemp to ground into a double play before Hanley Ramirez struck out to end the inning.
In all, Pomeranz held the Dodgers to just three hits in four innings. He also struck out seven and walked three. While he has yet to factor into a decision in his two starts against the Dodgers, he has allowed just one run on seven hits in 10 2/3 innings against them.
"I am very pleased with the way we pitched tonight. We had it throughout the entire game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Pomeranz got some help from his defense in the fourth with none out, when Gonzalez threw out Juan Rivera trying to stretch a single on a one-hopper from left field.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Tracy was thrown out for arguing whether Shane Victorino's line drive to center field for the third out of the inning was caught by Dexter Fowler.
It was originally ruled a catch by first-base umpire Mike Estabrook, but the four umpires convened in front of second base as players made their way to the dugouts. The umpires took a few minutes to rule on the play before calling the ball a hit and asking players to return to the field.
Matt Belisle made things interesting in the bottom of the eighth, surrendering a single to Kemp and then a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Andre Ethier. However, he struck out Luis Cruz to end the inning and secure the win.
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