- Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

DENVER (AP) - After a good start, the Los Angeles Dodgers came up short.

Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez homered off Jon Gray as part of a three-run first inning but the Dodgers’ hold on the lead fizzled before giving way completely on Brandon Barnes’ two-run triple in the eighth for a 7-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Gray, who was making his 2016 debut after beginning the season on the 15-day disabled list because of an abdominal strain, shook off the rough start to strike out a career-best 10, salvaging a no-decision. He allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings.

“We had the kid on the ropes early,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He sold out on his fastball and he made some pitches with off speed pitches. … We scored three runs in the first and didn’t build on it. You need to score more than five runs to win here.”

Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn homered for the Rockies, who have won their last four games against the Dodgers.

Gonzalez homered and singled to drive in three runs and Seager had a two-run drive.

Trailing 5-4, the Rockies evened the score on D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Arenado drew a one-out walk in the eighth off Chris Hatcher (2-2) and Mark Reynolds singled up the middle. One out later, Barnes, who entered as a pinch runner in the seventh for Raburn and scored the tying run, tripled off the wall in right-center field to drive in his first runs of the season.

“I thought he was fine,” Roberts said of Hatcher. “He made a good walk to Arenado and then there was a broken-bat single. I liked the matchup against Barnes. He got ahead of him 1-2 and didn’t execute a pitch.”

Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake McGee got three outs for his fourth save in as many opportunities.

The Rockies got a run in the second on Tony Wolters’ bases-loaded forceout and went in front with a three-run fourth behind Arenado’s home run to start the inning and Raburn’s two-run shot, both off Scott Kazmir, who allowed four runs in five innings.

“I can’t make any excuses,” said Kazmir, who was denied in a bid for his 100th career victory. “I didn’t make pitches when I needed to, especially on those two home runs.”


Rockies rookie Trevor Story missed a chance for his ninth home run of the season when his drive in the fifth inning bounced near the top of the newly heightened fence in right center. On top of that, he was thrown out at third on an exceptional one-hop throw from right fielder Yasiel Puig, who corralled the ball barehanded near the warning track and came up firing. Rockies manager Walt Weiss later described Puig’s assist as a “Superman throw,” adding, “I didn’t think he had a chance” to throw out Story.


Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford, who is among 12 Dodgers on the DL, has made his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He’s expected to make a couple more appearances with Oklahoma City over the weekend before rejoining the Dodgers on Monday. “That is the plan,” Roberts said. … Reliever Yimi Garcia was to be evaluated for a sore right biceps after having to leave his outing with a 2-1 count on Story with two outs in the seventh inning. Adam Liberatore came on to strike out Story.


Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (2-0) has allowed one run over his first three major league starts. He’s facing the Rockies for the first time.

Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood is set for his fourth start of the season but first against the Dodgers since July 13, 2013. He missed the bulk of last season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in July 2014.

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