This one was over before it started. Rockies had their ace going. Dodgers had Tomko. Boys fall to 57-47 and into a first-place tie with AZ, 1 1/2 ahead of the Pods and 4 1/2 ahead of the Rox.
Tomko settled in and shut out the Rockies on three hits from the third through the sixth. But the Dodgers blew a potentially big seventh after Ethier’s RBI single got them within three runs and left runners on the corners with one out. Lieberthal popped up in foul territory, and Russ Martin, hitting for Tomko, popped up in fair territory. Seanez in now. Rockies 5, Dodgers 2, bottom 7
As the Dodgers jogged off the field at the end of the second inning, a Dodgers fan in the mezzanine, just to the right of the press box, stood up and yelled as loudly as he could, “Tomko, you (stink). You’re a disgrace to the blue.” Well, that’s a matter of opinion, I guess. But at least the guy had some supportive data. Tomko walked the first batter in each of the first two innings and would have walked the leadoff man in the third, too, if plate umpire Doug Eddings hadn’t given him a break and rung up Todd Helton on a 3-2 pitch that was clearly low. Ryan Spilborghs, who walked to lead off the first, scored on a two-run homer by Matt Holliday. Brad Hawpe, who walked to lead off the second, scored on a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki. Tomko then got ahead of Spilborghs 0-2, threw him two balls, then gave up an RBI single to center. Kent just drove in the Dodgers’ first run with an RBI single off Jeff Francis, extending Kent’s major-league-best on-base streak to 37 games. Rockies 5, Dodgers 1, middle 4