Dodgers Show Fortitude in 12-10 Win over Rockies

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Somewhere down the path of the 2016 season, the Dodgers may look back on Sunday’s 12-10 win at Coors Field and view it as a defining moment in regards to establishing momentum, while seeing plenty of both heart and fortitude for the first time during the young campaign.

Sometimes wins like these develop character. Often times they build team chemistry.

Trailing 10-7 entering the ninth inning, the Dodgers found rare success against Rockies’ closer Jake McGee, with Trayce Thompson scoring the tying run on a wild pitch. Chase Utley followed with the go-ahead double, and Corey Seager capped the five-run ninth with a RBI double of his own.

Moments before, Yasmani Grandal started the scoring rally by arriving home on a fielder’s choice by Thompson. Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis brought the Dodgers to within one run by plating Howie Kendrick with a line drive single to center field.

“The game is never over here until the last out,” Utley told SportsNetLA. “They battled and we battled and I’m happy we came out on top. They put up five runs and we came back and we battled. We kept the line moving, and passed the baton to the next guy. We did that and eventually we came out on top.”

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez perhaps summed it up best with his own tweet shortly after the game.

The Dodgers looked to be confidently cruising to a victory through three innings as they built up a 7-1 lead, but the Rockies persevered until they finally completed the comeback in the bottom of the eighth, going up by three runs.

Despite a fielding error by Yasiel Puig on a single by Carlos Gonzalez that brought in the go-ahead run, the Dodgers’ right fielder was part of the early scoring spree with a two-run double in the second inning. Puig also contributed with the defensive highlight of the day, making a spectacular catch while colliding with the outfield wall.

Joc Pederson added a solo homer in the third, Utley ended up going 2-for-6 with three runs scored, and Seager finished with three RBI as the Dodgers took two of three in the series.

Starter Alex Wood lasted into the sixth inning without recording an out — the same frame which the Rockies sparked their big rally. Wood surrendered six hits and three walks, and was credited with five earned runs that saw his ERA increase to an even 6.00.

Joe Blanton, who threw only one pitch in the contest, earned his second win of the season, while closer Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his ninth save.

The Dodgers head home to begin a four-game series with the Marlins beginning on Monday night. Rookie Ross Stripling will take the hill opposing lefty Wei-Yin Chen in the opener.

First pitch is slated for 10:10 p.m. local time.

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