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Dodgers halt streaking Rockies

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DENVER (AP) – During their five-game winning streak, the Colorado Rockies scored 53 runs and hit 13 homers.

Carlos Gonzalez was the catalyst, hitting six homers and driving in 11 runs.

Gonzalez struggled Saturday, going hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position and 1 for 4 overall, and the Rockies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2.

“It was a frustrating day,” Gonzalez said. “It was just one of those days where I wasn’t going to get an RBI if I played all day.”

Aaron Harang certainly had something to do with that, pitching six strong innings for the Dodgers, who ended a season-worst five-game losing streak. Bobby Abreu homered for the first time this year.

Andre Ethier and Elian Herrera had two hits and two RBIs each and James Loney also had two hits for the Dodgers.

Just as frustrating for the Rockies was losing Juan Nicasio because of a strained left knee with two outs in the second. Herrera hit a two-run single through Nicasio’s leg to give the Dodger a 3-1 lead.

Although the ball didn’t appear to hit Nicasio, assistant trainer Scott Gehret and manager Jim Tracy went to the mound. After a brief discussion Nicasio left the game in favor of Josh Roenicke.

Nicasio (2-3) has sustained far worse injuries on comebackers. He was hurt last Aug. 5 when a line drive by Washington’s Ian Desmond hit him in the head. He underwent surgery to have two pins inserted into his cracked C-1 vertebra and also had a small metal plate attached to the back of his neck.

This time Nicasio was able to walk off the field after allowing three runs, two earned, and four hits in 1 2-3 innings.

Nicasio said he twisted his knee trying to avoid the ball, which he said hit him in the leg. Trainer Scott Gehret and manager Jim Tracy went to the mound and after a brief discussion Nicasio left the game in favor of Josh Roenicke.

“I tried to catch the ball and the ball hit me in my leg. He didn’t hit my knee,” he said. “There will be no MRI. I am going to be OK.”

Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario had RBI doubles and DJ LeMahieu had two hits for the Rockies, who had their five-game win streak snapped.

Dexter Fowler tripled to start the bottom of the first and scored on Cuddyer’s two-out double off the center-field wall to tie it 1-all after Gonzalez lined out to first.

Los Angeles made it 4-1 when Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth.

Harang (4-3) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when he got Gonzalez to foul out to third and Cuddyer to ground out to second.

“I think the key to the game was the bottom of the fifth inning,” Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. “We were trailing 4-1, had bases loaded and we had the two guys up there that you wanted to have up there and we missed there.”

“The first pitch was a curve ball on the ground and I swung at it and that’s why I got in trouble,” Gonzalez said. “In that situation I have to wait for my pitch in one spot and put a pretty good swing on the ball.”

Abreu’s solo homer and Adam Kennedy’s RBI single in the sixth gave the Dodgers a 6-1 lead.

LeMahieu led off the seventh with a single and scored on Rosario’s double to make it 6-2. Colorado had a chance for more but Gonzalez grounded sharply into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The Dodgers struck first when Tony Gwynn Jr., who reached on an error to lead off the game, scored on Ethier’s single to right.

NOTES: The Rockies recalled LHP Rex Brothers from Triple-A and optioned RHP Carlos Torres. … Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild was shaken up when he was hit in the left arm by a foul ball by Gonzalez in the bottom of the first. He was tended to Gehret and had his left forearm wrapped after the inning ended. … Rockies 3B Jordan Pacheco was held out of the lineup with a sore left quadriceps muscle. … Dodgers OF Juan Rivera (strained left hamstring) will join the team when it travels to Philadelphia for a four-game series starting Monday.

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