- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers sure could’ve used reliable closer Kenley Jansen with the ninth inning quickly getting out of hand.

Only, he wasn’t available. Manager Don Mattingly wouldn’t say why, just “he wasn’t available.”

The Dodgers’ bullpen had a ninth-inning meltdown in a 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, souring a rainy night when Joc Pederson homered for the fifth straight game.

“I really thought those guys ran out of steam,” Mattingly said of his relievers. “All those guys out there have been taxed.”

Pederson became the first Dodgers rookie to go deep in five straight games, the team said. He’s also the first Dodgers player to homer in five in a row during a single season since Matt Kemp in 2010, according to STATS.

Yimi Garcia (2-2) was one of four relievers in the final inning for the Dodgers, but they couldn’t hold a two-run lead. Nolan Arenado hit a game-winning sacrifice fly to cap a three-run rally.

Jansen has five saves this season, giving up just one hit in six innings since returning from the disabled list.

At crunch time, though, he wasn’t available. A team spokesman later said it was because Jansen wasn’t feeling well.

Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove in five runs to spark Colorado’s offense.

A storm delayed the first pitch by 2 hours, 10 minutes, and another shower interrupted play for 16 minutes in the second inning. The game lasted 3:44 and didn’t finish until 12:20 a.m.

Colorado held a team meeting before the game, trying to forget about Tuesday’s loss that Tulowitzki said “stings a little extra.” That’s because Alex Guerrero hit a ninth-inning grand slam with two outs in a 9-8 Dodgers win.

“Lowest points of the season for me,” LeMahieu said.

And this?

“To come back and win like that? Feels good,” said LeMahieu, whose team entered 1-23 when trailing after the eighth inning. “The game rewarded us for competing as well as we did today.”

John Axford (1-0) earned the win following two rain delays that totaled 2 hours, 26 minutes.

Andre Ethier lined a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh to give the Dodgers 5-4 lead. Pederson added a solo shot in the eighth.

Things quickly got dicey for the Dodgers in the ninth, when Adam Liberatore gave up two straight hits to start the inning. Garcia took over and walked LeMahieu to load the bases. Garcia then walked Tulowitzki to make it 6-5.

J.P. Howell entered and threw a pitch that got away from catcher Yasmani Grandal for a passed ball, allowing Charlie Blackmon to scamper home with the tying run. After Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked, the Dodgers deployed a five-man infield.

Arenado sent a fly to left-center. Chris Heisey caught it and threw home, but LeMahieu slid in easily.

Mike Bolsinger allowed a season-high four runs in five innings for the Dodgers. He hadn’t permitted more than two runs in any of his previous five starts.


Cuban infielder Hector Olivera will begin his professional career Thursday with Double-A Tulsa, a minor league affiliate of the Dodgers. Olivera, who signed a $62.5 million, six-year contract on May 19, has been working out in Arizona for the last two weeks.

Mattingly remains unsure just when the 30-year-old might join the Dodgers.


Dodgers: Mattingly said All-Star outfielder Yasiel Puig (strained left hamstring) will play for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. Should everything go well, Mattingly believes Puig could be back with the Dodgers sometime next week. Puig has been on the disabled list since April 26.

Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles will have season-ending surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left big toe. He’s scheduled to have the procedure next Wednesday and described it as “Tommy John (surgery) for my big toe.”


Dodgers: RHP Carlos Frias (4-2, 4.29 ERA) faces St. Louis on Thursday night as the Dodgers open a four-game home series against the Cardinals. Frias is 2-0 versus the NL Central this season.

Rockies: Colorado hosts Miami in a three-game series beginning Friday. RHP Eddie Butler (3-5, 4.22) takes the mound fresh off snapping a four-game losing streak.



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