Matt Kemp scored a two-start homer against his former team in the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first series loss of the season with a 7-6 win on Sunday night.
Kemp joined Caleb Ferguson (2-1) for the sixth homer in a back and forth game between rivals NL West. The Rockies won the last two in the series to bolster their playoff hopes while slowing their 4:24 loss to the powerhouse Dodgers, who lost for the third straight time this season.
Josh Fuentes hit an early homer in two runs and Garrett Hampson added an RBI double for the Rockies, who have been winless in their last nine series against Los Angeles since 2018. Colorado also won two straight wins at Dodger Stadium after losing 17 of their previous 18 here.
Corey Seager hit two homers and Chris Taylor gave the Dodgers the lead with a two-run shot in the sixth round, but Los Angeles' undefeated streak in 13 consecutive series earlier this season was a franchise record failure for the divisions -Era.
Daniel Bard got Seager to land with two runners on the ground and score the sixth save of his remarkable comeback season.
Will Smith hit his third homer in five games for the leading Dodgers, who still won 19 of 24. But seven LA pitchers put in an overall tough performance on another hot night at Chavez Gorge, scoring 12 hits.
Kevin Pillar led eighth place before Kemp linked just his third homer in 148 career bats against the Dodgers that kept him busy from 2006 to 2014 and again in 2018. Ferguson gave a homer to Los Angeles & # 39; 4-2 homestand on each of his three reliefs.
Yency Almonte (3-0) threw seventh place. Bard struggled and gave Edwin Rios a 7-pitch walk and a 10-pitch walk to Gavin Lux on the ninth before getting Seager.
Mookie Betts sat out to rest for the first time since August 21, but Los Angeles has still beaten its seventh four-homer game in the league this season.
Julio Urías scored five hits and four runs with six strikeouts without surviving the fifth inning for Los Angeles again. The left-hander is hoping to get a postseason slot among a group of Dodgers starting pitchers who haven't lost a start since Aug. 11, but he hasn't built on a strong stake against Arizona on Tuesday.
Kevin Pillar went sixth and scored a brace against Hampson, but Taylor quickly put the Dodgers back in front with his shot from Carlos Estévez.
Colorado starter Ryan Castellani scored six hits and four runs, but relievers Almonte, Mychal Givens and Bard coolly knocked out the Dodgers with three innings of a one-hit ball.
On the hottest weekend of the year in Southern California, teams had a random start time in the evening. Chavez Gorge was still 93 degrees in first place after hitting 110 earlier on day.
Rockies: OV David Dahl is back in the team and is still being evaluated. He has not played since August 17 due to back pain but should be back shortly.
Dodgers: OF Joc Pederson left to deal with an unknown family problem. … RHP Joe Kelly believes he will be ready to return from a shoulder injury in time to play in the postseason. He will throw hits on Monday. Kelly will have to serve a five-game suspension after being activated.
Rockies: After a night bus ride to San Diego, Kyle Freeland (2-1, 4.09 ERA) will take the hill to Colorado on Monday at Petco Park to kick off a three-game series with the Padres.
Dodgers: After a day off, Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.60 ERA) starts a three-game road series on Tuesday for the second time in a row against Arizona.