Flande falters and Rockies lose 8-2 to Dodgers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies were done in — yet again — by their pitching.

The majors' top-hitting team had shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Charlie Blackmon named to the NL All-Star team on Sunday, but the Rockies' couldn't keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense in an 8-2 loss.

Yohan Flande (0-2), making his third big league start since being promoted as a fill-in for Colorado's injury-ravaged rotation, failed to get through the fifth inning. He pitched well until things came apart in the fifth, when the Dodgers struck for five runs on four hits, including a two-run single by Adrian Gonzalez and an RBI single by Matt Kemp, who finished with four hits on the day.

"Until that point, he had been pretty much cruising," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He was throwing the ball well and then he ran into trouble."

It was sixth loss in seven games for the Rockies, who have gone 3-17 since completing a sweep at San Francisco on June 15.

"We've really struggled," Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau said. "It's been tough. We're still trying to stay positive, knowing anything can happen and that this team is still capable of going on a run."

Josh Beckett (6-5) allowed three hits in five scoreless innings.

Juan Uribe added three hits for the Dodgers, who won three of four in the weekend series. They head to Detroit in first place in the NL West, a half-game ahead of San Francisco.

Tulowitzki, an All-Star starter with an NL-best 5.3 million votes, provided the few bright spots by scoring both of Colorado's runs. Outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who made the Rockies out of spring training for the first time in his career, also capped a strong first half with his first All-Star game berth as a reserve.