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Jun 8, 2014 9:00 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Rockies stymied by Kershaw, Denver rain

DENVER -- As the Dodgers were taking the field for the bottom of the fifth on a stormy Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, a deafening clap of thunder froze them in their tracks. Some were ready to join the fans in the rush for cover.

But the game played on, and in the top of the sixth, it was Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez who brought the thunder with a solo homer that flew over the concourse beyond the left-field bleachers, an estimated 461 feet from home plate. That set off a four-run frame for the Dodgers, after which the umpires called for a rain delay. There was no resumption play after a 1-hour, 35-minute delay, and the Rockies took a 6-1 rain-shortened loss in front of 38,111.

The Rockies (29-33) dropped two of three to the Dodgers and would need a four-game sweep of the Braves this week to go .500 on their 10-game homestand, scheduled to continue on Monday night.

Rain began before first pitch, and the Dodgers sloshed to two runs -- Jorge De La Rosa (6-5) walked Chone Figgins and Ramirez to start the game, and Matt Kemp tripled with one out.

From there De La Rosa would find his water level and strike out eight in 5 1/3 innings. But that final third of an inning is one he has to wish had never been played. Figgins led off with a lineout, Ramirez hit his 10th homer of the season, then De La Rosa walked Adrian Gonzalez and Kemp.

Reliever Matt Belisle waded into the game, struck out Scott Van Slyke, then gave up a two-run Jamie Romak double and a one-run Miguel Rojas single. The game was halted when the half-inning ended. Since the stats counted, Romak and Rojas each earned their first Major League hits and RBIs.

De La Rosa threw seven innings in his previous start but absorbed a 4-2 loss to the D-backs. Now De La Rosa has suffered two straight losses at Coors for the first time since losing his first six starts there, back in 2005. The Rockies have dropped two straight De La Rosa starts for the first time since July 29 and Aug. 3, 2013.

It's also the second time in De La Rosa's last three starts at Coors Field in which rain has been a factor. He threw three hitless innings against the Giants on May 22 before that game was suspended.

Dodgers lefty starter Clayton Kershaw (5-2) struck out nine in five innings and held the Rockies to three hits. One of those hits, however, was Troy Tulowitzki's first-pitch home run -- his 17th dinger of the season -- to lead off the fourth inning.

 

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