The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the win column after
snapping their longest losing streak of the season, and they still
own the best record in the major leagues.
Los Angeles looks to make it two in a row and keep the Colorado
Rockies’ bats quiet Sunday afternoon as the NL West rivals conclude
a three-game set at Coors Field.
After getting outscored 30-11 during a season-worst five game
losing streak, the Dodgers (33-20) finally broke through Saturday
with a 6-2 victory. Andre Ethier went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs
and Bobby Abreu hit his first homer of the season to support Aaron
Harang, who threw six strong innings.
“I feel like I started the losing streak so I wanted to shut the
door and finish it so we could start over fresh,” Harang said. “You
want to come in and stop the bleeding.”
Harang also cooled off the Rockies (22-30), who entered Saturday
averaging 10.6 runs during a season-best five-game winning streak.
Colorado went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position in the loss,
which dropped them to 3-21 when scoring four runs or fewer.
“It was a frustrating day,” said Carlos Gonzalez, who went 1 for
4 but is batting .436 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in his last 13
games. “It was just one of those days where I wasn’t going to get
an RBI if I played all day.”
Los Angeles will give the ball Sunday to Nathan Eovaldi (0-1,
2.57 ERA), who impressed in his first start of the season. The
22-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and just five base
runners over seven innings of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Milwaukee,
throwing 63 of his 90 pitches for strikes.
Still considered a rookie after throwing 34 2-3 innings in the
majors in 2011, Eovaldi has yielded two runs or fewer in all but
one of his seven career starts. His only lackluster effort came
Aug. 28 in a 7-6 loss to Colorado, during which he gave up five
runs in four innings.
“The difference from last year is that I was better able to
locate my off-speed stuff, and that set up the fastball,” Eovaldi
said. “I got it up and down in the zone and it confused the
hitters. It felt good. I hope I’m here to stay this time.”
Eovaldi will need to be wary of Rockies outfielder Dexter
Fowler, who tripled Saturday to extend his hitting streak to seven
games. Fowler is 15 for 25 with three homers, 13 runs scored, nine
RBIs and two stolen bases during his run.
The Rockies could have a hard time getting back on track with
probable starter Alex White (1-3, 6.28) on the hill. The
23-year-old right-hander allowed six runs and a career-worst 10
hits over five innings of a 7-6, 10-inning victory over Houston in
the back end of Monday’s doubleheader.
White gave up six runs, five hits and three walks in 4 1-3
innings of an 11-5 road loss to the Dodgers on May 13, his only
career appearance in this series.