The winning rally wrote a different ending to a familiar script for the Dodgers, who got their second walk-off victory of the season, and first since May 10 against New York. That was also a home run by Thompson, who has 10 on the season, second-most on the team.
"The reward for having success far outweighs the (risk) of failure. I'm not afraid of failure." - Trayce Thompson— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 8, 2016
The home run was the Dodgers' first hit since the second inning.
Stop me if you have heard this before, but the Dodgers scored early, then didn't do much else the rest of the game. Chase Utley walked on six pitches, then Corey Seager did the same, followed by Eddie Butler falling behind 2-0 to Justin Turner.
Turner made Butler pay, smashing the ball 408 feet into the pavilion in left center field for his first home run since May 22, and fourth of the season. Including the three-run shot, Turner is 9-for-14 (.643) with two doubles, two walks and a hit by pitch in his career against Butler.
The Dodgers have scored 35 runs in the first inning this season, their most prolific offensive frame. They have outscored opponents by 15 runs in the first inning on the season, second only to the ninth inning, where they have ouscored opponents by 17 (27-10).
The Dodgers offense, as they are wont to do, did not score again against Butler, who got through six innings, striking out four on the night.
Julio Urias struck out seven in his first home start, but needed 86 pitches to do so and was done after four innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead. Then the Rockies chipped away.
The lead was in peril in the fifth inning, when the Rockies loaded the bases against reliever Louis Coleman with only one out, and Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez due up. But Coleman was able to induce an infield pop out from Arenado, then southpaw Adam Liberatore entered to strike out Gonzalez to leave the bases loaded.
Liberatore has stranded 14 of 18 inherited runners this season.
Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless sixth inning, then started the seventh by allowing a pinch-hit home run to Daniel Descalso of all people, his first home run of the year. A one-out single to Ryan Raburn seemed harmless when Seager made a great over-the-shoulder catch in short left field for the second out of the inning, but somehow his throw back to first base got past Adrian Gonzalez, Blanton and catcher Yasmani Grandal and into the dugout for a two-base error.
Gonzalez, who struck out his previous three times up, faced Pedro Baez, who was brought in instead of southpaw J.P. Howell. Gonzalez rifled a 107-mph ground ball off the glove of Utley at second base for a single, scoring Raburn from third with the tying run.
Kenley Jansen allowed a leadoff walk for his second straight appearance, but he pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, getting Arenado to pop out and struck out Gonzalez to end the inning.
The Dodgers moved to three games out in the National League West, the closest they have been in the division since May 18.
Home runs: Trayce Thompson (10); Justin Turner (4); Daniel Descalso (1)
WP - Kenley Jansen (2-1): 1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
LP - Carlos Estevez (1-3): 0 IP, 1 hit, 1 run