LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are staging a playoff contention the aforesaid mode Noah loaded his ark — 2 by two.
The Giants mislaid 9-0 successful Atlanta Sunday afternoon, leaving the doorway unfastened for the Dodgers to summation crushed connected the NL West leaders. But the Dodgers fell down successful the archetypal inning and went tamely, losing 5-0 to the Colorado Rockies.
Though the people didn’t look irretrievable, Justin Turner pitched the ninth inning for the Dodgers — a motion that each the bullpen games and a shortened starting rotation person yet taken their toll connected the Dodgers’ pitching staff.
Since the 2 teams met successful San Francisco successful precocious July, the Dodgers and Giants person had the aforesaid result (win oregon lose) 21 of the 27 days connected which they some played.
The Dodgers are 26-14 since the All-Star break, the Giants 27-14. The Dodgers are 19-6 successful August and haven’t mislaid consecutive games since July 29-30. The Giants are 19-7 this period with consecutive losses conscionable once.
The effect is simply a 2 1/2-game separation successful the part that has varied small since mid-July.
Presented with a uncommon accidental to summation a crippled successful the standings, the Dodgers responded by getting conscionable 3 hits against a Rockies’ pitching unit that entered the crippled with a 5.17 ERA connected the roadworthy this season. In the National League, lone the woeful Diamondbacks and Pirates person been much generous visitors.
Antonio Senzatela retired the archetypal 12 Dodgers successful bid with small evident effort. He needed conscionable 42 pitches to get done those 4 innings.
Corey Seager led disconnected the 5th with a azygous to interruption up the 2-9 Senzatela’s inexplicably cleanable crippled and went to 3rd connected Cody Bellinger’s one-out single. But Billy McKinney struck retired and Austin Barnes bounced into a forceout.
Thanks to a locomotion and a deed batter, the Dodgers enactment 2 runners connected with nary outs successful the seventh. But Chris Taylor flew retired to near field, Connor Joe going to the partition successful foul territory to tally it down. Bellinger struck retired and Justin Turner popped out.
The Dodgers mislaid 2 of 3 to the Rockies (now 17-48 connected the road) this play by scoring conscionable 7 runs and batting .184 (16 for 87) including 2 for 19 with runners successful scoring position.
CJ Cron gave the Rockies the pb with a three-run location tally successful the archetypal inning. One of the hotter hitters successful the National League since the All-Star break, Cron has a .307 average, 12 location runs and 41 RBI successful his past 37 games but the Dodgers opted to transportation to him with archetypal basal open, 2 outs successful the archetypal inning and a sub-.200 hitter (Rio Ruiz) connected deck. When Mitch White fell down 2-and-1 and grooved a fastball, Cron deed a laser into the near tract pavilion.
White and Brusdar Graterol managed to support it close, surviving a leadoff treble successful the 3rd inning and a bases-loaded, no-outs dilemma successful the 4th without giving up a run.
Bellinger saved a tally with an outstanding drawback successful the sixth inning, going astir consecutive backmost connected a enactment thrust implicit his caput by Joe and utilizing each spot of his scope to mitt it connected the dormant tally arsenic helium reached the informing track.
But the Rockies enactment the crippled distant — if Cron’s homer hadn’t already done that — with 2 runs successful the seventh erstwhile relievers Joe Kelly and Shane Greene combined to locomotion 4 batters astir a treble by Trevor Story.