With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Chris Taylor clobbered Adam Ottavino's 2-2 slider into the left-field bleachers for a walk-off solo home run. The Rockies lost, 3-2, and slipped to 1 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West.
"I've had success against the guy," Ottavino said. "I wish I would've hit with the fastball previously. I think that would've got him. I think he knew that pitch was coming and he didn't miss it."
Offensive woes have plagued the Rockies -- who were without injured star shortstop Trevor Story on Tuesday -- for the last week. That pattern continued when they were shut out for the rest of the game after Charlie Blackmon's solo home run in the fifth inning. They mustered just four total hits and their lineup went 0-8 with runners in scoring position.
"There's no secret that we didn't swing the bat great in San Francisco, and the last two nights Ryu, Kershaw and their bullpen has done a nice job," manager Bud Black said. "We've got to score more runs and we've got to get more hits."
The Rockies have managed just five runs in their last seven games after tagging the D-backs for 31 runs in a four-game series from Sept. 10-13.
"Our guys are aware," Black added. "When you talk to them and ask the same questions, they'll probably say the same thing. We'll study video, we'll be in the cage, we'll talk about certain pitchers. We'll do what we've done all year and get after [Walker] Buehler tomorrow night."
With just eleven games remaining in the regular season, Black was asked if Tuesday's loss warranted any "punched-in-the-gut feelings."
"We've been through this before with tough losses late," he said. "We know what it's like on the other end, too.
"It'll be a fight to the end," he added. "I've said that all along."
Freeland battles Kershaw, saddled with no-decision Kyle Freeland went toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw, with both aces departing with the score tied at 2. Freeland battled some control issues, but finished 6 2/3 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out four. He did tie his season high with four walks, but he was able to notch his ninth straight quality start.
"I was really proud of Kyle," Black said. "Kyle kept his stuff the whole game. His velocity held through the slider and the changeup. He was outstanding -- he matched Kershaw. It was a great pitched game from both guys."
Since the All-Star break, Freeland has gone 7-1 with a 2.69 ERA. He has held opposing hitters to a .228 batting average over his last 12 starts.
"This was the fourth time I faced them and it was obvious they made an adjustment," Freeland said. "Almost their entire lineup backed off the dish knowing that we were going to go inside."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Facing Kershaw for the third time, Blackmon unleashed a monster 447-foot home run halfway up the right-field bleachers to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The blast was the longest home run allowed by Kershaw at Dodger Stadium since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015.
SOUND SMART Usually a defensive standout at the hot corner, Nolan Arenado recorded his first two-error game since August 14, 2016. Both errors were recorded as throwing errors. He's had six two-error games in his six-year career.
UP NEXT Tyler Anderson will take the mound Wednesday coming off a two-run, six-inning performance against the Giants in his last start. Anderson has struggled mechanically as of late and two of his last four starts ended with him being unable to finish three innings of work. He looked much sharper in his last start -- he didn't issue a walk and struck out six. Anderson will face off against the Dodgers' Buehler, with first pitch slated for 8:10 p.m. MT.