With an opportunity to gain ground in the NL West, the Dodgers dropped two games to the Rockies over the weekend, keeping exact pace with the division-leading Giants.
In Sunday’s finale, Colorado was victorious, 5-0.
On the East Coast, the Giants lost two games to the NL East-leading Braves, who the Dodgers will face in a three-game set at Dodger Stadium beginning Monday.
Atlanta blanked San Francisco on Sunday, 9-0.
Once the dust settled on all the weekend games, the Dodgers trail the Giants by 2-1/2 games — right where they started Friday.
Inconsistent offense continues to plague the Dodgers. Heading into the weekend, the Rockies had a 15-47 road record, which was the worst in the majors. However, the Rockies found enough juice to steal the series, frustrating Los Angeles in a time when they could have made up divisional ground.
In Sunday’s affair, Antonio Senzatela took the hill for Colorado and was brilliant. The 26-year-old righty threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk on five strikeouts. Heading into the series, Senzatela had a plus-7.00 lifetime ERA against the Dodgers.
The Rockies did the brunt of their offensive damage against starter Mitch White in the first inning. After a Brendan Rogers single and a Charlie Blackmon double, C.J. Cron homered to left-center field, giving Colorado all the runs they would need on the day.
In the seventh, the Rockies scored two more on a Ron Rios sacrifice fly and a wild pitch by reliever Shane Greene, who has dealt with several waves of control issues since joining the Dodgers early last week.
Counting White, the Dodgers used seven pitchers on Sunday, including Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning. Justin Turner pitched the ninth inning, indicating just how spent the Los Angeles bullpen is. Turner became the 38th pitcher used by the Dodgers this year, by far a franchise record.
In Friday’s 4-2 defeat, the Dodgers mustered just six hits and two walks. The offense woke up just a bit in Sunday’s win, scoring five runs on seven hits. Los Angeles scored just seven runs in the entire series, a number untypical for a team with some of the league’s most potent offensive potential.
Will Smith, who did not start on Sunday, has been one of the club’s hottest hitters. In the first two games, Smith went a combined 4-for-5 with two walks and a homer. His single to left in the eighth inning on Saturday proved to be the game-winning RBI.
There are 31 games remaining on the Los Angeles schedule.