- Associated Press - Saturday, July 5, 2014

DENVER (AP) - The big bats in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup scuffled against Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa and then erupted on the Rockies’ bullpen.

That is, until reliever Adam Ottavino entered and put the brakes on the comeback.

De La Rosa threw six strong innings before giving way to a shaky bullpen as the Rockies snapped a five-game skid by holding off the NL West-leading Dodgers 8-7 on Saturday.

The Dodgers made the Rockies sweat, though.

What looked like a blowout heading into the seventh - Colorado led 8-2 - suddenly turned into a game when the Dodgers scored five runs. But Ottavino restored order, with De La Rosa (9-6) nervously watching on a television in the clubhouse.

“We kept coming and the guys kept going,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Ottavino came in and did a nice job.”

Dan Haren (8-5) gave up a season-high eight runs in 5 1-3 innings while striking out eight. He had a hard act to follow after teammate Clayton Kershaw’s masterful performance the night before, when he allowed two hits in eight innings.

“I did my best, just didn’t work out,” Haren said.

He felt like he had his good stuff, too.

“Baseball’s a humbling game,” Haren said. “Five days ago, I couldn’t have felt any better. Today, I just wore it, basically, out there.”

The Rockies are 3-16 since June 16 - with De La Rosa accounting for every win. The lefty allowed two runs and three hits, all in the first inning. He then watched the bullpen almost completely unravel.

“It was a tough situation, but we got out of there,” said De La Rosa, who tied Jeff Francis for the second-most wins (64) in Rockies history.

Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer, Corey Dickerson added a solo shot and Wilin Rosario contributed two RBI singles as the Rockies ended a six-game slide against the Dodgers. The team was without NL hitting leader Troy Tulowitzki, who rested a tight groin for a second straight game.

Los Angeles took advantage of three hits and two errors in a two-run first. But De La Rosa was tricky to solve after that.

“He’s just effectively wild,” Mattingly explained. “He makes you swing out of the strike zone because he’s always kind of around it.”

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