- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood left a couple of change-ups up in the zone and the Los Angeles Dodgers made him pay.

Corey Seager homered and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run triple off Chatwood in the fifth inning as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers 4-2 on Thursday night.

Chatwood (10-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for Colorado, which trails by three games for the NL’s second wild card. David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the fourth and has hit safely in his first 10 games in the majors.

With the Dodgers trailing 2-1, Seager hit a solo homer in the fifth, his 19th of the season - tying the Dodgers’ shortstop mark set by Hanley Ramirez in 2013. Grandal had a two-run triple later in the inning.

Chatwood said both of those hits came on change-ups he left over the plate.

“Those two pitches cost us a game,” Chatwood said. “I don’t throw that pitch a lot and I left it up in the zone. They didn’t miss it.”

Kenta Maeda (10-7) allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and striking out five for the Dodgers, who lead the NL wild-card race.

Maeda, who walked none and hit two batters, has allowed three runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Rockies, with 22 strikeouts and two walks.

“We knew what to expect (with Maeda),” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He’s been tough on us. … He pitches backwards and you never know what you are going to get.”

Pedro Baez and Joe Blanton combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Kenley Jansen threw a hitless ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.

Colorado scored 19 runs and had 28 hits in the first two games of the series. The Rockies lost for just the second time in nine games.

“For us to salvage the series was huge,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “This is a tough place to win.”

HOME FIELDING

Joc Pederson’s sharp groundball down the right-field line had a chance to score Grandal from first in the second inning, but a fan leaned over the wall and scooped up the ball. Pederson was given a double, and Maeda hit an inning-ending flyout. The fan was removed from the game.

ICHIRO 3,000 WATCH

Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki comes to Coors Field two hits from becoming the 30th player to reach 3,000 in the major leagues. He is 0 for 10 since his last hit, on July 28. With left-hander Jorge De La Rosa starting for the Rockies on Friday, it is not clear whether Suzuki will start.

DAYTON ADDED TO BULLPEN

The Dodgers added a ninth arm to their bullpen on Thursday, recalling LHP Grant Dayton from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioning RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A. Stewart allowed nine runs in four-plus innings in a 12-2 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (blister on hand) played catch Thursday and hopes to start for the Dodgers on Sunday against Boston. “We haven’t locked it in,” Roberts said, “but I think our goal is for Rich to make the start on Sunday.”

Rockies: OF Daniel Descalso tripped, but still made a head-first catch into the left field wall off the bat of Seager in the third. He left the game after the inning with a bruised left shoulder. … OF Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup after spraining his left ankle in the seventh inning Wednesday. He said he expects to back in the lineup Friday. … SS Trevor Story (thumb) underwent surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. “Everything went well,” Weiss said. “No surprises.”

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Scott Kazmir (9-4, 4.41 ERA) is to start Friday against Boston and knuckleballer Steven Wright. Kazmir allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings against Arizona on Saturday,his first loss in nearly three months.

Rockies: De La Rosa (7-7) has thrown a quality start in seven of his last eight outings.

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