The Rockies lost their chance to win their first series of the season over the Dodgers, falling 3-2 on Thursday, and extended their season record to 3-12 against their rivals.The loss dropped the Rockies to four games behind the Dodgers in the National League West, and narrowed their lead in the Wild Card race to 2 1/2 games over the Giants, who played the D-backs on Thursday night. Having played their two closest rivals over the 4-3 homestand, the Rockies feel buoyed by meeting the challenge as they head to San Francisco for a weekend rematch and the capper of 10 days that shook the West.
De La Rosa took the loss -- just his second in his past 12 decisions -- despite a quality effort, lasting seven innings and yielding all three runs on eight hits and four walks.The Rockies had ample opportunity to get another run across and tie the score but were only 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. They had the tying run on second in three of the last four innings, all with one or none out but couldn't find the timely hit to change the game. "They've got some pretty good pitching," second baseman Clint Barmes said. "You can't take too much away from their hitters either. We couldn't come up with a clutch hit in this series. We were able to come up with some clutch hits in the San Francisco series. For whatever reason, this one didn't work out for us. You got to give their pitchers some credit. They made some good pitches and got us out." Fortunately for the Rockies, their path to the playoffs need not necessarily go through L.A. They have played increasingly competitive games against the Dodgers this season, but of their remaining 34 games, only the final three of the season are against the division-leading Dodgers. Having shown they are capable of almost everything else they're asked to do on the field, it would have been nice to show they were capable of taking a series against the team they're chasing, but Tracy remains happy with the effort. "The past six games that we've played them, going back to July when we were in their place and this series here, you can't play them any tougher than we played them," Tracy said. "The fact that you are going to play them the last three days of the season could really be interesting, couldn't it? Depending upon what takes place from game one through the 31st game of the final 34. So [forget] what happened in April and May. "We had the opportunity against two teams that are fighting against the same thing we are to stub our toes badly and put ourselves in a bad position, and we didn't. There isn't anything standing in front of us that's any stronger a challenge than we just faced in the course of this homestand."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less