By Jon Weisman
The injuries woes that have bedeviled the Dodgers at Coors Field returned Friday during a 7-5 loss to the Rockies.
Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir developed an issue with his left thumb, while reliever Yimi Garcia had to leave in the middle of a difficult inning with right bicep soreness, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
That, and the two runs allowed by Chris Hatcher in the bottom of the eighth, left the Dodgers with a 2-2 record on their current six-game road trip.
Chase Utley, Corey Seager (2 for 3 with two walks) and Adrian Gonzalez launched the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead by going triple-homer-homer in the first inning. After allowing a run in the bottom of the second, Kazmir surrendered the lead when Nolan Arenado, Gerardo Parra and Ryan Raburn went homer-single-homer in the fourth .
Gonzalez put the Dodgers back in front with a two-run single in the fifth, and Yasiel Puig preserved that lead for the time being with his jaw-dropping throw in the bottom of that inning.
With a shutout sixth in his first game since being beaned by an errant warmup toss two nights ago, Pedro Baez extended the Dodger bullpen’s run of success to one run over 27 1/3 innings, but something soon seemed wrong with Garcia in the seventh.
After Raburn’s leadoff single, Tony Walters set up to sacrifice, but Garcia walked him on four pitches. Cristhian Adames got his bunt down to move the runners up, and D.J. LeMahieu hit a foul fly to right field. Throwing across his body after coming over to make the catch, Puig was unable to duplicate his feat of two innings earlier, and the game was tied.
More disturbing, Garcia left the game with the injury. Though Adam Liberatore kept the game tied with a strikeout, Brandon Barnes’ two-out, two-strike triple provided the game-winning blow.