- Associated Press - Saturday, July 5, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Jorge De La Rosa sweated almost as much watching the Colorado bullpen preserve the win as he did earning it.

These days, nothing comes easy for the Rockies.

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

“We won and that’s all that matters,” De La Rosa said.

The Rockies are 3-16 since June 16 - with De La Rosa (9-6) 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.

What looked like a blowout - Colorado led 8-2 - suddenly turned into a game when the Dodgers scored five runs in the seventh. But Adam Ottavino put the brakes on the rally, with De La Rosa nervously watching on a television in the clubhouse.

“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.

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.

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,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly explained. “He makes you swing out of the strike zone because he’s always kind of around it.”

De La Rosa was taken out for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning after throwing 100 pitches.

The Dodgers immediately pounced on reliever Nick Masset, who gave up four runs and recorded no outs before departing with a tweaked left knee.

A rusty Boone Logan, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, didn’t fare much better, loading the bases without getting an out.

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