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Recap: Dodgers , Rockies
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Game: 3
Venue: Coors Field
Date: June 11, 2011 8:10 PM EDT
  

DENVER (AP) - With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Charlie Blackmon drove a sinking liner to left field that he thought would drop in and keep the Colorado Rockies' late rally going against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He figured wrong.

Getting a tremendous jump, Tony Gwynn Jr. took off on a dead run and dove at the last instant to snare the ball in his glove for the final out, stopping the Rockies' comeback in its tracks and preserving the Dodgers' 11-7 victory Saturday.

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``I thought it was down,' Blackmon said. ``I feel like everybody else thought it was down. And then he caught it. That was a really nice play. I'm impressed.'

That's the way the night went for the Rockies, who saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

``Guys did great to battle back,' said starter Jason Hammel, who left in the sixth with tightness in his lower back. ``We put up some runs, put up some hits, we didn't lay down. That's a good thing to see.'

Pinch-hitter Casey Blake broke a tie in the sixth with a three-run double, and Aaron Miles and Jamey Carroll each had four hits as the Dodgers banged out a season-high 18.

Ted Lilly (5-5) scattered four hits before being lifted for Blake, who didn't start because of a sore neck.

The Dodgers' bullpen nearly squandered a late six-run lead, much like the Rockies the night before.

Colorado scored five times in the eighth and had a chance for even more but shortstop Dee Gordon made a diving stop up the middle to record a forceout at second and reliever Matt Guerrier then struck out Jonathan Herrera to contain the threat.

``There were a couple of defensive plays that come into play that changed the complexion of innings,' Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. ``When you add that all up, we're swimming upstream. It would have been very easy to say, 'OK, let's get them tomorrow.' But we kept coming at them.'

Los Angeles added four runs in the ninth, with Rod Barajas hitting an RBI double, Gwynn bringing in a run on a fielder's choice and Carroll lacing a two-run single to center.

Javy Guerra pitched a rocky ninth in a non-save situation, giving up an RBI single to Ty Wigginton. Blackmon, a recent call-up, sent a tailing liner to left, only to have Gwynn make a diving catch to end the game.

``He's one of the best defensive outfielders in the game,' Lilly said. ``He's as good as any in the game right now, so him making a play like that is not too surprising.'

This late rally came a night after the Rockies seemingly had things in hand with a 6-0 lead, only to watch the Dodgers score five times in the ninth before their rally fell short.

Hammel (3-6) was cruising along until the sixth, when his lower back began to stiffen up. After his second walk of the inning, Tracy and trainer Keith Dugger came out to check on the righty, who then headed for the clubhouse.

Hammel gave up seven hits and three runs - two earned - before exiting. He's still searching for his first win since April 30.

``I'm fine,' said Hammel, who doesn't anticipate missing his next start. ``Just lower back stiffness, something I've dealt with before.'

Matt Kemp had an RBI double in his return to the Los Angeles lineup after sitting out the day before because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Even with a 1-for-4 performance Saturday, Kemp is hitting .432 in June with a league-best 15 RBIs.

Miles was in the middle of all three big innings for the Dodgers. He drew a walk in the sixth ahead of Blake's bases-clearing shot to left, delivered a two-run double in the seventh to give the Dodgers some breathing room and then singled in the ninth during their four-run burst.

In the Colorado eighth, Troy Tulowitzki had a two-run single. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Seth Smith lined a single up the middle that Kemp misplayed, allowing two more runs to score. Blackmon added an RBI single, but the Rockies got no closer.

Lilly improved to 7-2 in 10 starts against Colorado. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth by getting Eric Young Jr. and Jason Giambi to fly out.

Wigginton put the Rockies on the board in the second by lining a fastball from Lilly halfway up the bleachers in left field. It was Wigginton's first homer since May 31, when he took Lilly deep in Los Angeles.

NOTES: Tracy said before the game that RHP Jhoulys Chacin deserves All-Star consideration. He's 7-4 with a 2.90 ERA and is holding hitters to a .199 average, the second-best mark in the NL. ... Rockies 1B Todd Helton was given a day off to keep him fresh. He's third among first baseman with a .322 average this season.

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