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Dodgers fall to Rockies, 8-5

May 02, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers second baseman A.J. Ellis slides under the tag of Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario to score during the third inning of the Dodgers' 8-5 loss Wednesday.
Dodgers second baseman A.J. Ellis slides under the tag of Colorado catcher… (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images )

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DENVER – Wednesday was a significant day for the Dodgers in Los Angeles, where Magic Johnson and the other members of the new ownership group held an introductory news conference.

Inside of the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field?

Not so much.

Before their game against the Colorado Rockies, the five players in seats near the flat-screen television in the middle of the clubhouse were watching the Detroit Tigers face the Kansas City Royals.

But what happened later in the Dodgers' 8-5 loss to the Rockies was anything but ordinary.

For the first time in his career, Clayton Kershaw gave up three home runs in a single game. The Dodgers blew two leads and erased two deficits. They eventually fell in the bottom of the ninth inning when Scott Elbert served up a walk-off, three-run home run by pinch hitter Jason Giambi.

Kershaw, who was charged with five runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but failed to hold it.

Dexter Fowler tied the game with a single to center that drove in Marco Scutaro. Two batters later, Carlos Gonzalez hit his second home run of the game to move the Rockies ahead, 5-3.

Rafael Betancourt was an out away from closing out the win in the top of the ninth inning when Rockies Manager Jim Tracy elected to walk Matt Kemp with a man on first. Pinch hitter Dee Gordon doubled, scoring Adam Kennedy and Kemp to tie the game, 5-5.

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Dodgers fall to Rockies, 8-5

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