Story sinks Dodgers in Rockies third straight win in LA — Trevor Trove

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a Major League baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday Sept. 07 2017 in Los Angeles

The Dodgers have fallen off their record-setting pace, and their stranglehold on the division is being threatened by a surprise contender

They next travel to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks, who sit five games ahead in a race to host the National League's play-in game.

The struggling Dodgers slipped to their eighth loss in a row. It was Arenado's NL-leading 117th RBI of the season. Despite that, Wisconsin rolled up 59 points and and an ultra-balanced 234 yards on the ground and 244 yards through the air. Once the envy of the league when they reached 90 victories well before the calendar flipped to September, the Dodgers are now in a free fall for the ages. "I think it's just trying too hard maybe".

Bettis and Wood gave way to their respective bullpens, who kept things knotted at 5-4 until the ninth. The newer, improved digs aren't much bigger. After a wild pitch moved the runners up a base, pinch hitter Raimel Tapia delivered a two-run double to cut the Dodgers lead to 4-3.

Taylor went 0-for-5 in both weekend games.

But there's still a lot of baseball to be played before that happens.

"I mean, I've always said he's one of the, obviously, greatest players of our sport, obviously feeling very confident", Anderson said. Hill has a 1.14 WHIP with 135 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings. That gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. With cancer finally in remission, Bettis made his 2017 debut on Aug. 14, firing seven scoreless innings at the Atlanta Braves. After DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off, Buehler walked Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases. Including Sunday, they have 101 strikeouts and 29 walks. The same team that couldn't lose for winning finds itself bound to a parachute that won't open. "I just happened to come at this time", he said. The eight innings that followed felt longer than usual. "I don't feel that bad about it because of all the comebacks we had earlier in the season".

For the second time in as many nights, the Colorado Rockies left Dodgers Stadium with a one-run victory.

Taylor didn't mention Chatwood by name, but he didn't have to.

Rest assured, Rafa. You're good. While Roberts continues to praise his hitters' preparation, he's tired of acknowledging the disparity between the effort and the results.

"We're close. We just can't figure out a way to win right now". "We'll be all right".

The Dodgers' offense wasn't the only broken record Sunday. Story is just the second Rockies shortstop to reach 20 homers in consecutive seasons, after Troy Tulowitzki did it three years running through 2011.

Freshly recovered from a lower back strain, Clayton Kershaw once again will pile the weight of the Los Angeles Dodgers' hopes and dreams upon his sturdy frame.

The Rockies got a run back taking advantage of a miscue of LA's own in the top of the fifth.

18 of Buehler's 26 pitchers were strikes.

Yu Darvish has struck out 1,000 batters faster than any starting pitcher in MLB history.

Verdugo's home run against pitcher Adam Ottavino was his third hit since being recalled from Triple-A. "I say it to the ceiling".

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a strong statement in Los Angeles last week. He is now hitting above.250 for the first time since May 25. If not soon, this could get even uglier.

America's team hosts the Giants in a primetime divisional matchup that features perhaps the most controversial player of the offseason: Ezekiel Elliot. LA intentionally passed on Jonathan Lucroy, putting two runners on with two outs and Rockies manager Bud Black decided not to go to his bench, sending up Bettis who bounced weakly out.

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