CarGo homers to down Dodgers, end skid
LOS ANGELES -- With two outs in the ninth inning, Carlos Gonzalez slugged a three-run homer off Yimi Garcia as the Rockies stunned the Dodgers, 5-4, at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night to snap their 11-game losing streak. It was Gonzalez's first homer since April 25.
"I was watching Garcia coming out of the 'pen, and he was throwing a lot of fastballs," Gonzalez said. "I was waiting to see a good fastball. It finally showed on a 2-1 count and I was able to take advantage and hit the ball over the fence."
Garcia has allowed home runs in his last two outings.
"That pitch to CarGo, it was a matter of the wrong spot," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
The Dodgers had led the game from the first inning, with Brett Anderson out-pitching Chad Bettis, who was called up to make his season debut. The game was delayed for one hour and 25 minutes with one out in the top of the sixth inning and the Dodgers leading, 4-1.
Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies against Anderson, who was charged with two runs in 5 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts. The Dodgers came into the game 5-0 against Colorado this year, having won nine straight games against the Rockies and the last nine at home. Tom Runnells served as acting manager for the Rockies after Walt Weiss underwent an appendectomy Wednesday night.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
A triple double: One out after Andre Ethier led off the bottom of the second with a double, Anderson doubled him home. It was Anderson's third career hit, all doubles.
Juan takes over: Relieving former Rockie Anderson for the Dodgers was former Rockie Juan Nicasio, who overcame a Jimmy Rollins error to strike out Nick Hundley and DJ LeMahieu and strand the bases loaded.
Lefty nemesis: With regular Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau not starting, because he came up dizzy after diving for a ball Wednesday night, Runnells started the right-handed-hitting Rosario. Coming in, Rosario was hitting .333 with an .842 OPS off lefty pitching, and he greeted Anderson with an opposite-way home run to lead off the second.
Welcome back, CarGo: Gonzalez is mired in a well-celebrated slump, but when he drew walks in his third and fourth plate appearances, it was a sign that things were falling into place. Gonzalez confirmed that with two out in the ninth by pulling Dodgers reliever Garcia's 2-1, 94-mph fastball into the right-field seats for his third homer of the year, behind hits from Nick Hundley and Drew Stubbs. More >
"I closed my eyes and blacked out. I hit it good and didn't want to get thrown out at second. My biggest fear is running. They need the softball re-entry rule for me." -- Injury-prone Anderson, on his RBI double
"He had a couple good at-bats in Anaheim. He lined a ball hard, hit a ball the other way. He has shown some signs. It's funny with hitters like this. Hopefully something like this will relax him a little bit and get that confidence back." -- Runnells on Gonzalez, who has a .192 batting average
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
There have been 17 rainouts in Dodger Stadium history. The last one was April 17, 2000, and since then there have been a club-record 1,230 consecutive games without one.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Mattingly challenged an out call by umpire Marty Foster on an attempted steal of third base by Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh inning, but the call was confirmed by replay officials.
Rockies: Righty Eddie Butler (2-3, 3.73 ERA) accounted well for himself against the Dodgers, going 5 1/3 innings in a rain-shortened 2-1 loss on May 8. He'll have his chance Friday night against ace lefty Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.26) at Dodger Stadium at 7:10 p.m. PT.
Dodgers: This is getting monotonous, but Kershaw gets another crack at career victory No. 100 when he starts against the Rockies. He was unable to reach the milestone in his fourth try at Coors Field in his last start, when he allowed a five-run fourth inning, although the Dodgers rallied to win the game. He's 14-5 lifetime, and 7-2 at Dodger Stadium, against Colorado, including last year's no-hitter.
Watch every out-of-market regular season game live on MLB.TV.