Pitching Fails as Dodgers Lose Series


Posted May 2, 2013


The Dodgers could never recover from Josh Beckett's rough start, falling to the Rockies 7-3.

Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each hit two-run doubles, and center fielder Dexter Fowler robbed Adrian Gonzalez of what would have been his second home run of the game, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. Reliever Josh Outman (1-0) got credit for the victory in the rubber game of the series, allowing one hit over two scoreless innings.

Josh Beckett (0-4) gave up five runs and five hits in four innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. It's the first time in Beckett's 13-year career that the three-time All-Star and 2003 World Series MVP has gone winless in his first six starts.

Colorado snapped a 3-all tie in the fourth when Josh Rutledge led off with a double, Eric Young walked and Carlos Gonzalez drove both of them in with his double into the right field corner. The Rockies extended the margin to 7-3 in the seventh on an RBI double by Michael Cuddyer and a run-scoring single by Rutledge, who had three hits.

The Rockies grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first against Beckett, who threw 18 pitches before recording an out. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, making his second start of the season after returning from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, misplayed Young's grounder toward the middle for an error. Fowler's single and a walk to Carlos Gonzalez loaded the bases for Tulowitzki, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured left shoulder and drove in a pair of runs with his double to left-center. Cuddyer followed with a sacrifice fly.

Los Angeles got two of those runs back in the bottom half when Adrian Gonzalez drove a 2-2 pitch into the lower seats in the right field corner after a double by Ramirez. The Dodgers' cleanup hitter nearly had his second homer in as many at-bats, driving a 2-2 pitch to left-center with two men on in the third before Fowler leaped above the 8-foot fence to haul it in.

Los Angeles managed to get the tying run across later that inning when Nick Punto scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to A.J. Ellis after a two-out intentional walk to Andre Ethier, who came in 7 for 11 lifetime against starter Juan Nicasio. The Rockies loaded the bases in the second, but Beckett escaped unscathed this time as Tulowitzki looked at a borderline third strike at the knees.

NOTES: Colorado's relievers pitched 24 2-3 innings on this 3-4 road trip and allowed three runs - all of them unearned. ... Carlos Gonzalez's .362 career average against the Dodgers is the second-highest among active players, nine points behind the Mate' David Wright. ... Nicasio only lasted four innings and has failed to complete six innings in 16 of his 30 big league starts. When he does, he is 7-1 with a 2.23 ERA. ... Beckett is 7-20 with a 4.95 ERA in his last 36 starts, including his final two outings of 2011. ... Ellis came in leading the majors with an average of 4.57 pitches per plate appearance. He saw 17 pitches in his four trips to the batter's box on Wednesday, going 1 for 4. ... Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano, sidelined since April 17 after straining his left calf in his first start of the season, threw 72 pitches over 5 1-3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque against Memphis. He allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked one.


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