Rusin outduels Maeda as Rockies take series

June 9th, 2016

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Rusin outdueled Kenta Maeda and Daniel Descalso singled home the lone run as the Rockies took the rubber match of their three-game series with the Dodgers Wednesday night, 1-0, at Dodger Stadium.

With one out in the seventh inning, Gerardo Parra doubled to left field. With two outs, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went to the mound, spoke briefly to Maeda and left him in, and on the next pitch, Descalso singled to center to score Parra and knock out Maeda.

"Danny does a little bit of everything for us," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Plays multiple positions, always gives you good at-bats, gets big hits for us. Had a big one last night. He's been doing it ever since he came off the DL. It's unfortunate he missed the start of the season. Such a pro, such a leader on this team. Very well-respected and for good reason."

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Maeda (5-4) struck out a season-high nine and allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings, while the Dodgers' offense could muster only three singles off Rusin (2-4) in six innings. Jake McGee pitched the ninth inning for his 15th save.

"The way Maeda pitched, we have to win that game," said Roberts. "I think our hitters are trying too hard."


More solid relief: The Dodgers received another 2 1/2 scoreless innings from relievers Adam Liberatore, Casey Fien and Pedro Baez. Liberatore has stranded 15 of 19 inherited runners this year.

Two gloves aren't better than one: Maeda was batting with two men on and one out when he bunted into one of the strangest plays of the Rockies' season. Nolan Arenado cleanly fielded the ball and threw it to first, where both first baseman Descalso and second baseman DJ LeMahieu were waiting at the bag. LeMahieu stepped off the bag, but, unfortunately for the Rockies, also caught the ball. Maeda reached and loaded the bases.

"DJ, typically he's going to cover first on a bunt, they were both there at the same time and I think both of them were afraid the other guy was going to back away and they didn't want the ball going down the line," Weiss said. "Danny hadn't been over there a ton. I think both of them ended up playing it safe."

Can't cash in: The Rockies defensive foul-up on the Maeda bunt gave the Dodgers their best scoring opportunity. But with the bases loaded and one out, Kiké Hernandez struck out and Justin Turner grounded out. More >

Rusin comes through: After that error by LeMahieu, Rusin faced a bases-loaded jam with the Dodgers' top of the order up, the best opportunity the Dodgers would get to score. Rusin struck out Hernandez and forced a Turner groundout to bail out his teammates and preserve the eventual shutout.

"[Hernandez] is an aggressive hitter and I feel like he let the crowd get to him, so I was able to use that to my advantage and not nibble but make him swing and not do too much damage on it," Rusin said. "I was able to get a swing and miss down and in, just a pitch I was hoping he would do that on." More >


Carlos Gonzalez struck out four times in both Tuesday's and Wednesday's games, making him the first person in Rockies history to wear a golden sombrero two games in a row. His two punchouts Monday gave him 10 for the series, also a Rockies first in a series.


The Dodgers challenged a call at second base in the sixth inning when LeMahieu lined out to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, whose throw to second base trying to double off Charlie Blackmon was late. The call was confirmed.


Rockies:Chad Bettis will take the mound Thursday in a makeup game against the Pirates, with first pitch scheduled for 3:10 p.m. MT. The Rockies will then open a three-game series against the Padres.

Dodgers: The Dodgers open a three-game series in San Francisco Friday night (7:15 p.m. PT), with Clayton Kershaw getting the start. He is 17-7 with a 1.60 ERA in 32 career starts against the Giants, including six complete games and five shutouts.

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