The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the win column after snapping their longest losing streak of the season, and they still own the best record in the major leagues.
Los Angeles looks to make it two in a row and keep the Colorado Rockies’ bats quiet Sunday afternoon as the NL West rivals conclude a three-game set at Coors Field.
After getting outscored 30-11 during a season-worst five game losing streak, the Dodgers (33-20) finally broke through Saturday with a 6-2 victory. Andre Ethier went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and Bobby Abreu hit his first homer of the season to support Aaron Harang, who threw six strong innings.
“I feel like I started the losing streak so I wanted to shut the door and finish it so we could start over fresh,” Harang said. “You want to come in and stop the bleeding.”
Harang also cooled off the Rockies (22-30), who entered Saturday averaging 10.6 runs during a season-best five-game winning streak. Colorado went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position in the loss, which dropped them to 3-21 when scoring four runs or fewer.
“It was a frustrating day,” said Carlos Gonzalez, who went 1 for 4 but is batting .436 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in his last 13 games. “It was just one of those days where I wasn’t going to get an RBI if I played all day.”
Los Angeles will give the ball Sunday to Nathan Eovaldi (0-1, 2.57 ERA), who impressed in his first start of the season. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and just five base runners over seven innings of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Milwaukee, throwing 63 of his 90 pitches for strikes.
Still considered a rookie after throwing 34 2-3 innings in the majors in 2011, Eovaldi has yielded two runs or fewer in all but one of his seven career starts. His only lackluster effort came Aug. 28 in a 7-6 loss to Colorado, during which he gave up five runs in four innings.
“The difference from last year is that I was better able to locate my off-speed stuff, and that set up the fastball,” Eovaldi said. “I got it up and down in the zone and it confused the hitters. It felt good. I hope I’m here to stay this time.”
Eovaldi will need to be wary of Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler, who tripled Saturday to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Fowler is 15 for 25 with three homers, 13 runs scored, nine RBIs and two stolen bases during his run.
The Rockies could have a hard time getting back on track with probable starter Alex White (1-3, 6.28) on the hill. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed six runs and a career-worst 10 hits over five innings of a 7-6, 10-inning victory over Houston in the back end of Monday’s doubleheader.
White gave up six runs, five hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings of an 11-5 road loss to the Dodgers on May 13, his only career appearance in this series.