LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hoping for a nice push going into the All-Star break, the Dodgers' hitters sputtered in the final three games of their series against the Rockies, with Los Angeles held to two runs in that span.
They lost 3-1 Sunday to split the series and fall back to .500 at 47-47.
"It seemed like we had a little bit of a funk the last couple days," manager Don Mattingly said.
Still, the Dodgers won 17 of their last 22 games to climb into second-place in the NL West, 2 ½ games behind Arizona. They were a season-worst 12 games under .500 on June 21.
"We're in position and kind of have it in our hands," Mattingly said.
The Dodgers' lone run Sunday came on Adrian Gonzalez's single with two outs that scored rookie Yasiel Puig, who had a pinch-hit single in the fifth. He wasn't in the starting lineup to rest his sore left hip.
Puig finished second to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman in fan voting for the last NL roster spot in the All-Star game. Freeman hurt his thumb on Saturday and won't play in Tuesday's game at Citi Field in New York.
"I just found out, but I'm not going, either," Puig said through a translator.
His .391 batting average is the highest all-time for a Dodges player at the break, edging Hanley Ramirez, who hit .386 in the first half.
Ricky Nolasco (6-9) took the loss in his home debut with the Dodgers, giving up three runs and eight hits over five innings.
"He's got a great slider," said Michael Cuddyer, who had a two-run homer and drove in another run for the Rockies. "We watched his last game against Arizona, and he located well down and away. So we wanted to see the ball up, and we were able to get a few balls go through. I was able to hit the one ball that he hung."
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