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  W: C. Bettis (1-2)   L: A. Wood (14-3)   S: G. Holland (39)
6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, September 9, 2017
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 52,884

Rockies hand Dodgers ninth straight loss

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- It is the three-game winning streak that has gone under the radar outside the shadow of the Rocky Mountains as baseball's focus has been trained on the freefalling Los Angeles Dodgers.

That's just fine with the Colorado Rockies, who moved a game away from a four-game sweep over their division rivals with a 6-5 victory Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Once-mighty Los Angeles, winners of 90 games well before September arrived, has become an anchor chained to a boulder that is tied to a cement block.

The Dodgers have lost nine straight games -- their most since losing 10 in a row in 1992 -- and 14 of their last 15. Los Angeles (92-50) remarkably still has the best record in baseball.

The Rockies have their own numbers game to play, namely their three-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals for the National League's second wild-card spot. Colorado trails wild-card-leading Arizona by five games.

"We can definitely build a lot of momentum with wins like this," said Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who hit a home run and drove in three runs.

The Dodgers have momentum too, just not the kind they are looking for. Guided by a manager in Dave Roberts that is known for his level-headed demeanor, the Dodgers insist they are not in panic mode, even though their once 21 1/2-game lead in the NL West over the Diamondbacks is down to 10.

The Dodgers actually lowered their magic number for clinching their fifth consecutive division title to 11 games when Arizona lost to San Diego on Saturday.

"It's a lot easier when you are going really well to keep a cool head and remain even-keel," Roberts said Saturday after another defeat. "The guys in the clubhouse, they're playing their tails off. We're going to keep grinding. You hear that word a lot in the major leagues: grind. We're going to keep doing it."

Rockies starter Chad Bettis (1-2) was not sharp but did enough to foil a Dodgers' lineup that looked determined early.

Bettis earned his first victory of the season in his sixth start since overcoming testicular cancer. He gave up four runs (three earned) and six hits in five innings. He struck out five while not walking a batter.

"He was getting grounders," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "I thought Chad threw the ball great. It was a fastball-change combo at any time, which is great. He kept them off-balance and he disrupted their timing, which is what Chad does. He kept the ball down."

Greg Holland yielded a solo run to Logan Forsythe leading off the ninth inning before recording his 39th save and second in two nights.

In the early going, it looked like the Rockies would pour it on by giving the struggling Dodgers more of the same they have endured for more than two weeks. In the second inning, Dodgers starter Alex Wood was knocked around to the tune of four runs, two on a deep home run by Story, to go along with RBI hits from Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado.

It took a few more innings, but the Dodgers started to look like the April ... and May ... and June ... and July version of themselves. The Dodgers got things going on Justin Turner's RBI single in the fourth inning off Bettis. Cody Bellinger doubled to put two aboard and Yasiel Puig knocked in both runners with a double to cut the Colorado lead to 4-3.

The inning was filled with uncharacteristically poor defense from the Rockies. Gold Glove collector Nolan Arenado made a throwing error at third base, Story made a fielding error at shortstop and Puig's double glanced off Arenado's glove before deflecting into foul territory.

"There were a couple of miscues that enabled them to get back in the ballgame, but we hung in there," Black said.

The Dodger Stadium crowd, which had been stunned the entire homestand, was electric before turning subdued again when the Rockies padded their lead. A RBI double from Story made it 5-3 Rockies in the fifth inning.

The Rockies' lead was back down a run a half inning later when veteran Andre Ethier crushed a pinch-hit homer to deep right field. It was only the 11th at-bat all season for Ethier, who has been out with a back injury suffered during spring training.

Wood gave up five runs and eight hits over five innings, with three walks and two strikeouts. In two starts since coming off the disabled list because of left SC joint inflammation, Wood has given up nine runs and 15 hits over 11 innings.

"Tonight, my command on two pitches to Story wasn't great," Wood said. "But from an overall stuff standpoint, I thought I really turned a corner on Thursday with my bullpen session. I felt good going in today and overall I thought my styff was fairly decent. The command part wasn't where I wanted it."

NOTES: Rockies CF Charlie Blackmon has 89 RBIs total with 88 coming from the leadoff spot, the most out of the top of the order since Hall of Famer Craig Biggio recorded 88 in 1998. ... Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu went 0-for-4 to see his season-long 16-game hit streak come to an end. ... Dodgers 3B Justin Turner drove in a run in the fourth inning Saturday, his ninth RBI in 13 games against the Rockies this season. ... Dodgers OF Andre Ethier not only delivered his first home run of the season, it was his first RBI of 2017 and only his second regular-season home run over the last two years.

Updated September 10, 2017

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