Dodgers lose 7-3 to Rockies, Becket winless in 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Josh Beckett is still looking for his first victory of the season, and he doesn’t seem to be getting any closer to it.
The three-time All-Star and 2003 World Series MVP gave up five runs on five hits over four innings in a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. The big blows were two-run doubles by Troy Tulowitzki in the first inning and Carlos Gonzalez in the fourth.
“The one that stings the most is the CarGo ball – the 2-0 curveball. I threw the wrong pitch at that spot, at that time,” said Beckett (0-4). “I’ve just got to get back to work, figure something out. That’s what this business is all about. I can’t just go out and keep pitching like (this).”
It’s the first time in Beckett’s 13-year career that he has gone winless in his first six starts – although one of them was a complete-game 1-0 loss at Arizona in which he struck out nine and gave up a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth by Paul Goldschmidt.
“He’s thrown some good games for us this year,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He had some bad luck – some hits go against him, some balls falling in. But Josh is a professional guy. He’s one of our starters. One of our horses. And we look forward to his next outing. He’s chomping at the bit to get back out there and get going.”
Beckett threw 18 pitches before recording an out. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, making his second start of the season after returning from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, misplayed Eric Young’s grounder toward the middle for an error.
Dexter Fowler’s single and a walk to Gonzalez loaded the bases for Tulowitzki, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injured left shoulder and drove in a pair of runs with his double to left-center. Michael Cuddyer followed with a sacrifice fly.
“He had a lot of traffic out there, and he battled the best he could,” Ellis said. “Give them a lot of credit, they hit some tough pitches and they were able to score some runs. You don’t expect a guy like (Carlos) Gonzalez to stay on that 2-0 breaking ball there, get the two runs to give them the lead. That’s a credit to him and the All-Star-caliber hitter he is. That’s a good pitch by Josh and a better swing by him.”
Los Angeles got two of those runs back in the bottom half when Adrian Gonzalez drove a 2-2 pitch into the lower seats in the right field corner after a double by Ramirez. The Dodgers’ cleanup hitter nearly had his second homer in as many at-bats, driving a 2-2 pitch to left-center with two men on in the third before Fowler leaped above the 8-foot fence to haul it in.
“You make a catch like that, especially with runners on, and that’s a game-changer right there,” Fowler said.
Los Angeles managed to get the tying run across later that inning when Nick Punto scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to Ellis after a two-out intentional walk to Andre Ethier, who came in 7 for 11 lifetime against Rockies starter Juan Nicasio.
But Colorado went ahead 5-3 in the fourth when Josh Rutledge led off with a double, Young walked and Carlos Gonzalez drove both of them in with his double into the right field corner.
“We just tried to be patient with him, force him to throw something over the plate and put our best swing on it,” Young said. “We were fortunate enough to do that and find some holes with guys on base so we could score those early runs.”
Colorado extended the margin to 7-3 in the seventh on an RBI double by Cuddyer and a run-scoring single by Rutledge, who had three hits.
Reliever Josh Outman (1-0) got credit for the victory in the rubber game of the series, allowing one hit over two scoreless innings. Colorado’s relievers pitched 24 2-3 innings on this 3-4 road trip and allowed three runs – all of them unearned.
Nicasio was lifted by manager Walt Weiss with a 5-3 lead after throwing 92 pitches in four innings and giving up three runs on five hits with six strikeouts.
NOTES: The game took 3 hours, 54 minutes to play, and a total of 350 pitches were made. … Carlos Gonzalez’s .362 career average against the Dodgers is the second-highest among active players, nine points behind the Mets’ David Wright. … Beckett is 7-20 with a 4.95 ERA in his last 36 starts, including his final two outings of 2011. … Ellis came in leading the majors with an average of 4.57 pitches per plate appearance. He saw 17 pitches in his four trips to the batter’s box on Wednesday, going 1 for 4. … Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano, sidelined since April 17 after straining his left calf in his first start of the season, threw 72 pitches over 5 1-3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque against Memphis. He allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked one.