By Coors Field standards, the Dodgers and Rockies played a low-scoring game as they combined for “just” 8 runs. But the balance was tilted in Colorado’s favor as Clayton Kershaw was charged with 5 runs (4 earned) over 7 innings and John Gray just 3 runs (2 earned) over 6.2 innings.
In the second inning, the Dodgers had a 1-0 lead, but Charlie Blackmon put the Rockies on top with a two-run homer when he crushed a curveball. With this homer, Blackmon became the first lefty ever to homer off of a Clayton Kershaw curveball.
“The Blackmon homer was a tough pill to swallow,” said Kershaw. “It was just the wrong pitch; I shook to it and I take responsibility for that. It was the last thing [Austin Barnes] called and I should have listened to him. I just felt confident about the curveball there, and I thought it was a decent one, and he hit it really well.
Kershaw got into trouble in the 6th inning and wasn’t able to get out with a lead. The Dodgers entered the inning leading 3-2, but a one-out error opened the floodgates for the Rockies. Nolan Arenado tied the game with an RBI single, then Mark Reynolds put the Rockies on top with a two-run single.