Even with two of their recent marquee additions in the mix, the Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a rut.
Looking to bounce back from one of their worst losses of the season, the Dodgers try to avoid a third consecutive defeat Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
After Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer during an 8-2 win over Miami in the first at-bat of his Los Angeles tenure Saturday, the Dodgers (69-60) have been outscored 16-2 while losing the next two contests.
Josh Beckett , who came over with Gonzalez in the megadeal with Boston over the weekend, allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 10-0 loss at Colorado in his Dodgers debut Monday. Gonzalez, hitless in three at-bats with a walk, is 3 for 12 in three games for Los Angeles.
Losers in five of seven, the Dodgers are 2 1/2 games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
Los Angeles, which also has acquired stars Shane Victorino and Hanley Ramirez since the All-Star break, was held to four hits while falling to 2-5 at Coors Field this season. Ramirez is 0 for 12 in the last three games, and 4 for 32 (.125) with 11 strikeouts in his last eight."If we don't make the playoffs and don't go to the World Series, then it's not a good season," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said. "If you look at it on paper, we should win games. There are no excuses now."
Chris Capuano (11-9, 3.38 ERA) looks to bounce back from his last outing when he tries to avoid a fifth straight losing start at Coors Field. The left-hander allowed five runs and struck out 24 over 22 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his previous three starts before he was tagged for six runs in five innings of an 8-4 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
Capuano is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA against the Rockies this season. He's allowed three runs over 14 innings while going 1-1 against them at home, but yielded seven - four earned - and walked four in 5 1-3 innings of a 13-3 loss at Coors on June 1. He is 0-4 with a 5.04 ERA in Denver since winning there with Milwaukee on Aug. 17, 2005.
Colorado's Tyler Colvin , who has never faced Capuano, is batting .423 (11 for 26) with nine RBIs in his last seven at Colorado, where the Rockies (52-75) have won six of eight.
Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 4.98) makes his sixth straight start for the Rockies since he was recalled from the minors Aug. 5. At the mercy of manager Jim Tracy 's 75-pitch limit, the right-hander was pulled after he allowed three hits, three walks and fanned three over 65 pitches and three innings of a 1-0 win at New York on Thursday."You always want to be economical," Chatwood said. "I think that's your job as a starting pitcher, to go as deep as you can in a game. And I think that 75 pitches kind of makes you go right after the guy."
Chatwood went 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA last year in his only two previous appearances against the Dodgers while with the Angels.
|Tony Gwynn Jr.||4||.750||3||0||1||1||0||.800||1.800||1.000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 25, 2012||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Strained hip and back|
|August 25, 2012||Chad Billingsley||15-Day DL||Right elbow pain|
|August 19, 2012||Luis Cruz||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg cramps|
|August 12, 2012||Jerry Hairston Jr.||60-Day DL||Left hip inflammation|
|July 26, 2012||Scott Elbert||15-Day DL||Left elbow inflammation|
|July 26, 2012||Adam Kennedy||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|August 22, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Left game - right ankle injury|
|August 20, 2012||Eric Young||15-Day DL||Left intercostal strain|
|August 19, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 19, 2012||Josh Rutledge||Day-to-Day||Left game - left quad tightness|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
|August 06, 2012||Todd Helton||60-Day DL||Torn labrum, right hip|
DENVER (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers lost a game and some ground in the NL West.
They hope that's the extent of the damage.
Wilin Rosario homered among three hits and drove in three runs, Tyler Chatwood pitched five effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Dodgers 8-4 on Tuesday night.
Hanley Ramirez homered for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight after winning their first game following a nine-player deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles.
That might be the least of their worries.
The Dodgers lost Matt Kemp to a right knee contusion after he crashed hard into the wall in center field trying to chase down Josh Rutledge 's triple in the first inning.
He left the ballpark to have precautionary X-rays and a CAT scan on his jaw and an MRI on his knee, the Dodgers said. The team said he had no concussion symptoms.
"That kind of hit I'm expecting him to at least be out tomorrow," manager Don Mattingly said. "I'm sure he'll tell me can play if he walks back in here tomorrow, but I'm expecting him to be out tomorrow.
"The biggest bright spot, if you can take a bright spot, the knee didn't look damaged. We'll see what's going on with the jaw. If it was wired shut it would kill his mojo."
It would be a blow to a team that has struggled against two last-place clubs. After a loss to Miami on Sunday the Dodgers have dropped two straight to Colorado, which has 27 hits in the series.
They trail San Francisco by four games in the NL West after the Giants beat Houston on Tuesday.
"It's more frustrating against the team we're playing," right fielder Andre Ethier said. "It starts with each one of us looking ourselves in the mirror and saying we need to go out there and play better."
Andrew Brown had three hits for the Rockies, who have won eight of 10.
Monday's game got away from the Dodgers late. On Tuesday, the Rockies jumped on them early.
Rutledge started the first-inning rally with a deep drive to center that put Kemp out of the game. The ball bounced off the wall just before Kemp turned into the padding while running full speed and fell backward onto the warning track.
He stayed down for several minutes as team trainers checked him over. He got up, took a drink of water and initially stayed in the game.
"He was talking fine. He was actually kind of funny," Mattingly said. "He was like, `I'm not coming out of this game, I'm not coming out of this game."'
He stayed in, but not for long.
The next batter, Jordan Pacheco , looped a double that Kemp laid out for but didn't catch. Rosario followed with a single to center to score Pacheco, and Kemp left after fielding the ball.
"It was an in-between ball and we both had a good jump at it," Ethier said of Pacheco's double. "I saw him coming and I peeled off at the last second. Hopefully it's just a thing where a little rest tonight and he'll be back tomorrow."
The Rockies scored two more runs off Chris Capuano in the first on a single by Brown and a double by DJ LeMahieu to make it 4-0.
The Dodgers got a run back on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis in the second inning.
Rosario made it 5-1 with his 22nd homer in the third.
"The at-bats that Wilin Rosario took tonight were very special," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He hits his 22nd home run, but he drives in a couple of runs. He hits a breaking run for a home run - that tickled me to death."
Capuano (11-10) allowed six runs, 10 hits and struck out three in six innings. It was the second consecutive game he has allowed six earned runs.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth but scored just one run on Adam Kennedy 's double-play grounder to LeMahieu at second.
LeMahieu was busy, recording 12 assists to tie the major league record for most by a second baseman in a nine-inning game.
Harold Reynolds was the last one to accomplish the feat, on Aug. 27, 1986, the Rockies said.
"When can you recall him mishandling a ball? I think the only time I remember was a play in during our series in Chicago," Tracy said of LeMahieu. "He has a field awareness."
Colorado padded the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the seventh off reliever Jamey Wright .
Chatwood (4-3) battled through five innings to get the win. He allowed two earned runs, walked three and struck out four.
Ramirez led off the ninth with his 21st homer of the season to make it 8-4.
NOTES: Rosario is three home runs shy of Todd Helton 's club record for homers by a rookie. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was given the night off. ... Dodgers RHP Matt Guerrier could be activated from the 60-day DL when the rosters expand Saturday. Guerrier has missed 117 games since being placed on the DL with tendinitis in his right elbow. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin surgery) will go on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs starting Wednesday.