- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For the first time this season, Zack Greinke felt the sting of a loss on his record despite allowing only one run. He had to come out after six innings for a pinch-hitter because his teammates hadn’t done anything against Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa.

The only mistake Greinke made was to his third batter, Carlos Gonzalez, who hit the first of three home runs by the Rockies before they broke it open with two more against Sergio Santos and beat the NL West leaders 7-1 on Saturday night.

The Dodgers managed only three hits against De La Rosa and two relievers, getting their only run when Scott Oberg hit Justin Turner in the ninth inning with the bases loaded.

Greinke (5-1) allowed four hits, no walks and struck out five before departing with a 1-0 deficit. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was 22-1 in his previous 32 starts against NL West teams since joining the Dodgers - the only blemish, a 1-0 loss to the Rockies on Sept. 28, 2013, at Los Angeles.

“It happens,” said Greinke, who leads the majors with a 1.52 ERA. “I felt pretty good. Our defense played really well, and there were a lot of good plays made behind me. But De La Rosa pitched better. Not much you can do about that.”

Greinke was aided by a pair of fielding gems by four-time Gold Glove shortstop Jimmy Rollins and center fielder Kike Hernandez.

In the fourth, Hernandez raced toward the warning track on Michael McKenry’s drive and made an over-the-shoulder catch a split-second before banging into the fence. In the fifth, Rollins made a diving stop on De La Rosa’s grounder behind the bag and made the long throw in time to get him.

Hernandez made his second start there this season while slick-fielding rookie Joc Pederson was rested against a left-handed pitcher. But Pederson eventually faced De La Rosa in the sixth and struck out while batting for Greinke.

De La Rosa (1-2) pitched two-hit ball over 7 1-3 scoreless innings before leaving with a groin injury. He faced the Dodgers for the second time in seven days, after giving up six walks and five runs over four innings in a no-decision at Coors Field.

The 34-year-old lefty retired 18 consecutive batters after Hernandez led off the first inning with a double and Rollins reached on a throwing error. The only other hit off him was Howie Kendrick’s infield single with one out in the seventh.

“He was mixing up his pitches well and throwing them all for strikes, and we just didn’t make the adjustment,” Hernandez said.

The Rockies made it 3-0 in the seventh with a one-out walk to McKenry and Descalso’s homer to right field, ending a drought of 334 at-bats since Aug. 2, 2013, when he hit two at Cincinnati for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Descalso started at shortstop in place of Troy Tulowitzki, who had tightness in his left quadriceps. In Friday night’s 6-4 loss, Descalso hit a three-run double after Tulowitzki left the game in the third inning.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss was back in the dugout after missing two games because of an emergency appendectomy and leaving the reins to bench coach Tom Runnells.

“I picked a good night to come back,” Weiss said. “The appendectomy wasn’t on the itinerary, and it kind of snuck up on me. It was weird, watching a game on the computer without having TV or anything.”

Greinke’s bid for extra bases in the third was run down by center fielder Charlie Blackmon in left-center as he and Corey Dickerson converged on the ball. Dickerson appeared to favor his left leg returning to his position, but remained in the game until Drew Stubbs pinch hit for him in the fourth. The Rockies said Dickerson re-aggravated the plantar fasciitis in his foot.

GLORY DAYS

On Old-timers Day, 10 members of the 1965 Dodgers were on hand to celebrate the golden anniversary their World Series championship - Sandy Koufax, Tommy Davis, Maury Wills, Ron Perranoski, Lou Johnson, Ron Fairly, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Wally Moon and Al Ferrara. Former Cy Young winners and World Series champions Orel Hershiser (1988) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981) were the starting pitchers in the two-inning game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: 1B Justin Morneau, who has missed three games since he was injured while diving for a ball on Wednesday night against the Angels, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. In addition to his concussion symptoms, he has a cervical neck sprain. INF-OF Rafael Ynoa was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-4) is 0-4 with a 9.27 ERA and 10 home runs allowed in six starts since his 10-0 win at Milwaukee on opening day. He last faced the Dodgers on April 17 at Los Angeles, losing a 7-3 decision to Clayton Kershaw.

Dodgers: RHP Mike Bolsinger (1-0) makes his third start for Los Angeles, following a no-decision on April 23 at San Francisco and an 11-1 victory over the Marlins last Tuesday at Chavez Ravine.


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