LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kenley Jansen’s impending return from the disabled list can’t come soon enough for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Rookie right-hander Yimi Garcia was one out from a save when he gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez, and the last-place Colorado Rockies ended an 11-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between the top and bottom teams in the NL West.
“It’ll be good to get Kenley back, but we have to keep playing,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “This is the second night in a row where we score until the fourth or the fifth, and we don’t put anything else up the rest of the night.”
Garcia (2-1), who has been filling in as closer with Jansen recovering from foot surgery in February, gave up a leadoff single to Nick Hundley in the ninth and a one-out single by Drew Stubbs.
Charlie Blackmon was called out on strikes before Gonzalez drove a 2-1 pitch halfway up the right-field pavilion for his third homer of the season.
“I was watching Garcia warming up and he was throwing a lot of fastballs, so I was ready to swing at a good fastball,” Gonzalez said. “I just wanted to be patient and tried to see a good pitch to drive, and I was able to take advantage.”
The blown save was Garcia’s third in four chances.
“He’s had two outings that didn’t go his way, but he’s a young guy,” Mattingly said. “So we’ll make sure that we talk with Yimi, trust in his ability, make sure he understands how good he is and looks at it realistically.”
Rafael Betancourt (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth and John Axford worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
On a rainy and chilly night at Dodger Stadium, play was delayed for 85 minutes during the sixth inning at a ballpark that hasn’t had a weather postponement in 15 years.
Brett Anderson tossed 5 1-3 solid innings for Los Angeles, allowing two runs with eight strikeouts. The game-time temperature was 59 degrees and the teams played through showers, thunder and lightning.
Los Angeles was ahead 4-1 in the top of the sixth when plate umpire Mike Muchlinski ordered the grounds crew to put the tarp on the field. The rain delay ended Anderson’s night.
“I felt my breaking ball was as consistent as it has been,” the left-hander said. “It was another step in the right direction for me. Hopefully I can get back into some decent weather and see what happens.”
Play resumed at 10:23 p.m., and Wilin Rosario hit a routine grounder that four-time Gold Glove shortstop Jimmy Rollins booted on the freshly manicured infield for an error that allowed Gonzalez to score.
Colorado was rained out three times during its most recent homestand, including a game with the Dodgers last Saturday that was rescheduled for June 2 at Coors Field.
“That cloud has been following us everywhere we go,” Gonzalez said with a laugh. “We’ve had to battle against other teams and weather conditions and rain delays. To stay in the clubhouse for an hour and a half, I’m sure it affects the other team, too. You just try to keep your body and your mind in the game.”
Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers the lead in the first with a two-run double that put him within two RBIs of 1,000. Anderson had a run-scoring double in the second for his second career RBI.
Chad Bettis threw 106 pitches over five innings for the Rockies after getting recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
For the second straight night, Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells ran the team following manager Walt Weiss’ emergency appendectomy Wednesday while the club was playing in Anaheim against the Angels. Weiss was released from the hospital Thursday and returned to the team hotel in Los Angeles with head athletic trainer Keith Dugger.
The last weather postponement at Chavez Ravine was on April 17, 2000, when the Houston Astros were in town. There have been 17 rainouts since the ballpark opened in 1962.
Dodgers: RHP Pedro Baez was placed on the 15-day DL because of a strained pectoral muscle and was replaced on the roster by LHP Daniel Coulombe, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (2-3) will make his seventh start of the season and third against the Dodgers.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-2) makes his fifth attempt at his 100th regular-season win against the team he no-hit last June. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner is 6-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 61-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last seven starts against Colorado.
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