DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Casey Blake broke a tie with a three-run double in the sixth, Ted Lilly pitched five effective innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game skid with an 11-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Aaron Miles and Jamey Carroll each had four hits as the Dodgers banged out a season-high 18. With the bases loaded, Tony Gwynn Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out — the second time he has done that this season.
Lilly (5-5) was his typically solid self, scattering four hits before being lifted for Blake, who didn’t start because of a sore neck.
The Dodgers’ bullpen nearly squandered a late six-run lead, much like the Rockies the night before.
Colorado scored five times in the eighth and had a chance for even more but shortstop Dee Gordon made a diving stop up the middle to record a forceout at second and reliever Matt Guerrier then struck out Jonathan Herrera to contain the threat.
Los Angeles then added four runs in the ninth, with Rod Barajas hitting an RBI double, Gwynn bringing in a run on a fielder’s choice and Carroll lacing a two-run single to center.
Javy Guerra pitched a rocky ninth in a non-save situation, giving up an RBI single to Ty Wigginton. Recent call-up Charlie Blackmon sent a tailing liner to left, only to have Gwynn make a diving catch to end the game.
This late rally came a night after the Rockies seemingly had things in hand with a 6-0 lead, only to watch the Dodgers score five times in the ninth before their rally fell short.
Jason Hammel (3-6) was cruising along until the sixth, when his lower back began to stiffen up. After his second walk of the inning, Rockies manager Jim Tracy and trainer Keith Dugger came out to check on the righty, who then headed for the clubhouse.
Hammel gave up seven hits and three runs — two earned — before exiting. He’s still searching for his first win since April 30.
Matt Kemp had an RBI double in his return to the Los Angeles lineup after sitting out the day before because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Even with a 1-for-4 performance Saturday, Kemp is hitting .432 in June with a league-best 15 RBIs.
Miles was in the middle of all three big innings for the Dodgers. He drew a walk in the sixth ahead of Blake’s bases-clearing shot to left, delivered a two-run double in the seventh to give the Dodgers some breathing room and then singled in the ninth during their four-run burst.
In the Colorado eighth, Troy Tulowitzki had a two-run single. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Seth Smith lined a single up the middle that Kemp misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Blackmon added an RBI single, but the Rockies got no closer.
Lilly improved to 7-2 in 10 starts against Colorado. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth by getting Eric Young Jr. and Jason Giambi to fly out.
The Dodgers took advantage of a rare throwing error by Tulowitzki in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1 apiece. After Carroll reached on a single, Andre Ethier hit a roller to Giambi, who threw to Tulowitzki at second. But on the relay back to first to complete the double play, Carroll slid hard into Tulowitzki, causing the smooth-fielding shortstop to throw the ball out of play.
Kemp then followed with a run-scoring double off the wall in right.
Wigginton put the Rockies on the board in the second by lining a fastball from Lilly halfway up the bleachers in left field. It was Wigginton’s first homer since May 31, when he took Lilly deep in Los Angeles.
NOTES: Lilly had his first hit of the season, a slap single to left in the third, followed by the third stolen base of his career. … Tracy said before the game that RHP Jhoulys Chacin deserves All-Star consideration. He’s 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA and is holding hitters to a .199 average, the second-best mark in the NL. … Rockies 1B Todd Helton was given a day off to keep him fresh. He’s third among first baseman with a .322 average this season.
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