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Walks cost De La Rosa in Rockies' 6-1 loss to Dodgers in rain-shortened game

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DENVER - Jorge De La Rosa had his strikeout pitch working, when he could get it over the plate.

De La Rosa struck out a season-high eight batters but began and ended his outing with consecutive walks, all four of which scored in the Rockies' 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in a game cut short by rain in the sixth inning.

"The walks he issued ended up hurting him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He walked the first two, had a 35-pitch first inning but threw really well after that.

"Then, two walks on the tail end of the outing scored also. He threw the ball really well, but it's always tough when you're playing from behind against a guy like Clayton Kershaw."

Hanley Ramirez homered and Kershaw struck out nine and walked none as the Dodgers took the weekend series 2-1 over the Rockies, who have lost nine of their past 10.

The Dodgers broke open the game with four runs in the top of the sixth. The game was then delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes and the teams planned to resume play only to have the rains start up again, forcing the game to be called.

"Yeah, when you're losing it is (disappointing)," Weiss said of having the game called. "If you're winning, it's not. Yeah, we would have had four more cracks at it."

Matt Kemp had a triple and two RBIs for the Dodgers, who played without outfielder Yasiel Puig and second baseman Dee Gordon, both of whom sustained hip injuries Saturday.

Chone Figgins singled and also scored a run filling in for Gordon at the top of the lineup.

De La Rosa left the park without speaking to reporters.

Rain started falling in the second inning and was steady for the rest of the afternoon. The conditions appeared to affect Kershaw (5-2) when he faced Brandon Barnes in the bottom of the third. He threw one pitch high to the backstop and then bounced the next one in front of the plate.

In the middle of the fifth, lightning flashed and a loud clap of thunder sent fans scurrying for cover while Kershaw calmly warmed up on the mound. He worked a perfect bottom of the inning.

Kershaw struck out nine for the fourth consecutive game and fifth time this season.

"He's a really good pitcher first of all, so he's not going to give you much to hit," Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon said.

"When he does, it's going to be maybe one pitch and it's going to be 94 mph, so don't miss it. He just has good stuff, good power stuff and he's hard to square up."

Troy Tulowitzki did get to Kershaw for a homer, but De La Rosa's early control problems had the Rockies playing catch-up from the outset.

He walked the first two batters of the game and Kemp followed with a triple to make it 2-0.

De La Rosa struck out the side, but needed 35 pitches to get out of the first.

He settled down and held the Dodgers to just a hit through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

Ramirez hit a 461-foot homer, his 10th, onto the concourse in left to make it 3-1, and then De La Rosa walked Adrian Gonzalez and Kemp.

Matt Belisle came on and struck out Scott Van Slyke before giving up a two-run double to Jamie Romak and an RBI single to Miguel Rojas to make it 6-1.

It was the first major league hits and RBIs for Romak and Rojas.

Tulowitzki jumped on a rare mistake by Kershaw, driving a 92 mph fastball 417 feet into the left field seats to make it 2-1 in the fourth. It was Tulowitzki's 17th home run and tied him with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the NL lead.

NOTES: Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (sore left shoulder) was out of the lineup for the third straight game. If he doesn't improve, there's a chance he could go on the 15-day DL on Monday when the Rockies recall RHP Christian Bergman to start the opener of a four-game series with Atlanta. It will be his major league debut. ... Tulowitzki matched a career high with his fifth consecutive multihit game. ... Colorado is 3-3 this season against the Dodgers. The NL West rivals have 13 games remaining in their season series.

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