DENVER >> The Dodgers-Giants series at Dodger Stadium will not be a matchup of first-place teams. At least not right away.

A second consecutive loss by the Giants in St. Louis gave the Dodgers a chance to claim a share of first place in the NL West for the first time since April 28 Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers certainly tried to capitalize. Will Smith gave them two leads — on a two-run home run in the eighth inning and an RBI single in the 10th.

They blew them both, losing on a walkoff home run by Charlie Blackmon that gave the Colorado Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in 10 innings.

The win was the Rockies’ first over the Dodgers since Opening Day at Coors Field (with eight Dodger wins in between) and leaves the Dodgers one game behind the Giants with a four-game series against the Giants beginning Monday.

A Dodger offense that had produced 19 runs in the first two games of the series at Coors Field (and 48 during their wins in the previous four games) was kept in check by Rockies starter Jon Gray for most of the day Sunday.

Gray — potentially on the move at the trade deadline — gave up a two-run home run to Justin Turner in the third inning but nothing else in his seven innings.

Returning to his long-time role as a starting pitcher, David Price allowed just one run (on a pair of singles in the first inning) over four innings — his longest outing since July 2019 with the Boston Red Sox.

There is reason to be optimistic that at least part of the answer to the Dodgers’ pitching shortage was just biding time in the bullpen. In three outings (two starts) since Trevor Bauer went on administrative leave, Price has allowed one run in nine innings, building up his pitch count each time to Sunday’s 66.

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But the Rockies tied the score against reliever Jake Reed in the fifth inning on a sun-aided unearned run and then scratched out the go-ahead run against Joe Kelly in the seventh.

Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, left, congratulates Will Smith (16) who circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez in the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez handled the 3-2 lead like a wet bar of soap, quickly letting it slip away in the eighth inning. Turner doubled with one out and Smith golfed a 1-and-0 slider that was heading for his back foot, sending it into the left field seats.

Kenley Jansen didn’t hold the lead he was given much longer. He allowed a leadoff double to McMahon then a game-tying RBI single to Chris Owings two batters later. It was only the third blown save in 24 opportunities for Jansen.

But Smith came through again, driving in the go-ahead run — Albert Pujols as the extra-innings runner — with a two-out RBI single in …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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