LOS ANGELES (AP) - A pair of two-run homers by Troy Tulowitzki ought to be good enough to beat most teams. The Colorado Rockies, however, can't seem to shake the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies wasted a big offensive day by Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, who combined for two homers, four RBI and four runs scored only to lose 7-6 in 11 innings Saturday.
``They got half the hits and all the RBIs,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
The Dodgers rallied to win for the second straight game. This time, the Rockies blew leads of 4-0 and 6-5.
Tulowitzki regained the lead for Colorado in the seventh, hitting a first-pitch homer, one pitch after Gonzalez reached on a bunt single to first base.
Tulowitzki's 50th multihit game tied him with the Mets' Jose Reyes for the National League lead. He went 2 for 4 with a double Friday night.
Gonzalez extended two streaks: hits in 14 consecutive games and an RBI in 11 straight games, a club record and the longest in the majors this season, according to STATS LLC. He was 4 for 6 with two RBIs.
``It was very frustrating, no doubt about it,' Tulowitzki said about the wasted offense. ``It was a tough game. Our bullpen didn't hold leads and they did a good job of coming back. It's kind of been the way our season has gone, and the reason why we are where we are.'
James Loney tied the game in the ninth on a homer off the first pitch from Rafael Betancourt, who recorded his fourth blown save in seven attempts.
``I missed my spot with that pitch. I was trying to get ahead in the count with a changup, and that's not a good idea,' he said. ``I threw it in the middle of the plate. He's hot right now and he didn't miss it.'
Matt Kemp drove an 0-2 pitch from Jason Hammel (7-13) into the right-field pavilion for his 31st homer of the season in the 11th, ending a game that lasted 4 hours, 39 minutes.
Hammel was making his second relief appearance after being taken out of the starting rotation.
``I don't know if I can really grade the adjustment just yet. But I'm still a pitcher and I'm throwing strikes,' he said. ``Maybe there is a difference in getting ready, but that's about it. I had a half an inning to warm up, so it was no problem.'
Mike MacDougal (1-1) pitched a perfect inning for the victory.
Hong-Chih Kuo came in with a 5-4 lead in the seventh and faced four batters, giving up a bunt single to Gonzalez and Tulowitzki's 28th homer on the next pitch before striking out the next two Rockies.
The Dodgers rallied with five runs in the sixth to take a one-run lead. They won the series opener 6-1 Friday by scoring six runs in the seventh.
``The big key to the game, obviously, was the sixth inning when we didn't catch the ball in a couple of situations,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``We would have had an out at home plate that was going to completely diffuse the inning on the little dribbler that Matt Kemp hit to Kouzmanoff.
``We also would have had an out at third base where the umpire called (Kemp) out on a tremendous throw by Gonzalez and we dropped the ball. That ended up leading to five runs.'
Casey Blake tied the game with a two-run double and Jamey Carroll stroked a two-out single for the go-ahead run in the sixth.
The Rockies scored three runs in the second. Gonzalez had an RBI single and Tulowitzki followed with a two-run homer into the left-field pavilion. Gonzalez's two-out RBI single in the fourth extended their lead to 4-0.
Colorado's Kevin Millwood allowed five hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings, struck out two and walked two in his fourth start with the club.
Second base umpire Bob Davidson left the game after three innings because of dehydration on a searingly hot day. He received an IV and came back on the field in the bottom of the seventh, but after talking with Dodgers trainer Stan Conte, Davidson retreated to the clubhouse and the game continued with a three-man crew.
The temperature at gametime was 97 degrees, with most fans in the upper deck and outfield pavilions seeking shelter from the sun under the overhang.
NOTES: Gonzalez's hitting streak is the longest by a Rockies player this season and longest since his 16-game streak last season. ... It was Millwood's first start at Dodger Stadium since May 1, 2000. ... Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (10-10) take the hill in Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Dodgers' Nathan Eovaldi (1-1).
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