- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Colorado Rockies not only had the misfortune of facing longtime nemesis Clayton Kershaw on his fifth try at win No. 100 in the major leagues. They also were subjected to a four-strikeout eighth inning by Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in his long-awaited season debut.

Along the way was a gritty four-run seventh in which the Rockies chased Kershaw. But in the end, it was former Rockies starter Juan Nicasio who nailed down the Dodgers’ 6-4 victory Friday night by getting the final two outs for his first big league save.

Rookie Adam Liberatore gave up a pair of one-out singles in the ninth. But Nicasio struck out Nolan Arenado and then Wilin Rosario after a two-out double-steal by Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Descalso.

“We could have rolled over down 6-0, but the guys kept fighting, and that’s a good sign,” Descalso said. “We’ve put together a couple of good games against Kershaw. He’s the best out there, but we were able to get something going in the seventh and get him out of there.”

DJ LeMahieu ignited Colorado’s rally with a two-out RBI single. Kershaw (2-2) faced one more batter, walking pinch-hitter Michael McKenry with his 110th pitch.

Blackmon greeted Paco Rodriguez with a single that loaded the bases, and Descalso cleared them with a double off the right-field fence.

“I got behind two strikes pretty quickly and was trying to battle and get the next guy on,” Descalso said. “He tried to throw a slider and hung it, and I was able to put a good swing on it.”

Yimi Garcia, who surrendered a three-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ series-opening 5-4 loss, walked Arenado before striking out Rosario.

Descalso entered in the third inning at shortstop after Troy Tulowitzki left because of tightness in his left quadriceps as tried to beat out a bouncer over the mound that Kershaw was able to field.

“It just got tight when I was running down the line, so we felt it was better to play it safe and not turn this into a bigger problem,” Tulowitzki said. “I threw some ice on it, and we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

Eddie Butler (2-4) threw 83 pitches in just 2 2-3 innings and was charged with four runs - three earned - and six hits along with four walks. The right-hander is 0-3 in three starts against the Dodgers this season alone, including a rain-shortened 2-1 loss seven days earlier at Coors Field.

Kershaw was charged with three runs, four hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings and struck out 10. He is 7-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 71-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last eight starts against the Rockies, including a no-hitter last June at Dodger Stadium.

This was the first victory for Kershaw since April 17, when the reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young winner struck out 12 in a 7-3 decision against the Rockies at Los Angeles.

“It’s cool. I don’t know if it means a whole lot, but it’s something to celebrate, I guess,” Kershaw said. “Hopefully, I’m just getting started.”

Jansen, reinstated from the disabled list after recovering from surgery on his left foot in February, needed only 14 pitches to get his four strikeouts. His first batter was Gonzalez, who reached base on a passed ball by Yasmani Grandal.

“I didn’t cross him up. It’s just that my ball was supposed to go a different way on the two-seamer. So I just had to keep focused and try to get the next three outs,” Jansen said. “It was an amazing inning. That won’t happen that often.”

Jansen was the first big leaguer to accomplish the feat since Arizona’s Oliver Perez last Sept. 20 - against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Jimmy Rollins, who had his first four-hit game with the Dodgers, opened the scoring in the first when he drove Butler’s 3-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen for his fourth homer. He added his 900th regular-season RBI in the fifth with a single off reliever Yohan Flande, increasing the margin to 6-0.

SHADES OF A-ROD

Arenado struck out chasing a pitch in the dirt to end the Rockies’ third inning. When Grandal tried to tag him in the batter’s box and make the out official, Arenado slapped the ball out of the catcher’s hand.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Bench coach Tom Runnells filled in for manager Walt Weiss for the third straight game following Weiss’ emergency appendectomy Wednesday. … 1B Justin Morneau was not in the lineup for the second game in a row because of neck stiffness, the result of a diving attempt he made on a ground ball during Wednesday night’s loss to the Angels. Friday was his 34th birthday.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) will face the Dodgers for the second time in seven days, after issuing six walks and five runs over four innings in a no-decision at Coors Field.

Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (5-0) had a no-decision his last time out despite allowing one run over seven innings against the Miami Marlins.


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