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Without a Trayce! LA wins on walk-off blast

June 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Trayce Thompson homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Dodgers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Rockies in a game that began with four dazzling innings from Dodgers teenage starter Julio Urias.Thompson's 10th homer of the year and second

LOS ANGELES -- Trayce Thompson homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Dodgers a 4-3, walk-off victory over the Rockies in a game that began with four dazzling innings from Dodgers teenage starter Julio Urias.
Thompson's 10th homer of the year and second walk-off blast came against Carlos Estevez, making a winner out of Kenley Jansen.
"I want to be the guy up in that situation," Thompson said. "I feel like the reward for having success far outweighs the disappointment of failure and I'm not afraid of failure, that's the only way to have success in this game. I just want to be that guy the other team fears in that situation and my team has confidence in. Sure, I'll have times I fail, but that's not going to stop me from wanting to be that guy."

Thompson, a rookie acquired from the White Sox over the winter, is quickly making a name for himself, coincidentally while brother Klay and the Golden State Warriors are within grasp of an NBA title.
"Obviously, I'm very happy for him and I hope he gets two more wins and closes it out."
Urias, making his Dodger Stadium debut in his third big league start, was removed after four innings and 86 pitches, one inning shy of qualifying for his first Major League win and four pitches short of the rough limit manager Dave Roberts had set.

That was good enough, however, for Roberts to give Urias another start Monday night in Arizona.
The 19-year-old allowed one run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. The seven strikeouts were the most in a game for a Dodgers teenage starter since Don Drysdale had nine in 1956. Justin Turner gave Urias a first-inning lead with a three-run homer off Colorado starting pitcher Eddie Butler.

Nolan Arenado doubled in a third-inning run off Urias, and the Rockies tied the score at 3 after pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso homered off Joe Blanton leading off the seventh inning and Carlos Gonzalez hit a 106-mph infield single off Chase Utley's glove to score Ryan Raburn, who had earlier reached third on a throwing error by Corey Seager.
The Liberator: Left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore, quietly having a breakthrough season, bailed out Louis Coleman of a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the fifth inning by striking out Gonzalez on a 1-2 slider. More >

Butler bounces back: One would be hard-pressed to find a worse way to start the game for Butler, who allowed the first five Dodgers batters to reach base. After a visit to the mound from Rockies manager Walt Weiss, Butler induced a forceout and double play to escape the inning. He then went on to throw five scoreless innings, facing the minimum. More >

Bookends: The first five Dodgers batters reached base in a three-run first inning and Thompson ended the game with a homer. In between, they had only three hits without a runner advancing past first base.
"We've got to keep our foot on the gas out there in that first inning, we had him on the ropes," Thompson said.
CarGo comes through: It was a night of rebounds for the Rockies, as Gonzalez stepped to the plate in the seventh inning with a man on third after having a miserable night -- 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and six men left on base, four in scoring position. Gonzalez answered by knocking a low liner just far enough from Utley to register an RBI single and tie the game.

Despite that hit, Gonzalez and shortstop Trevor Story finished with four strikeouts each, leaving a total of 10 runners on base, including a strikeout from Gonzalez in the ninth.
"We were one big hit away from taking a lead there," Weiss said. "Had a couple of opportunities, but their bullpen came in and did a very nice job."
Descalso's pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning was the second such homer of his career. His first long ball as a pinch hitter came on July 27, 2015 against the Cubs off now-teammate Jason Motte. If that date sounds familiar to Rockies fans, it's because the player Descalso then replaced at shortstop was Troy Tulowitzki, who had to exit the game because he had just been traded to the Blue Jays.
Rockies:Chris Rusin will take the mound 8:10 p.m. MT Wednesday for the Rockies coming off a quality start against the Padres on Friday. The lefty has a 3.48 ERA on the road and held the Dodgers to 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen when he saw them in April.
Dodgers:Kenta Maeda starts against the Rockies, who he beat on April 23 at Coors Field, allowing three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters and walked one on 94 pitches. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. PT.
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Jack Baer is a reporter for who covered the Rockies on Monday.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001.