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Caleb Ferguson’s latest home run allowed is a Matt Kemp game-winner

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Dodgers LHP allows a homer for a third straight game this week

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Matt Kemp hit a game-winning home run at Dodger Stadium. That isn’t new. But the Dodgers’ 7-6 loss to the Rockies on Sunday gave Los Angeles a series loss. That is new.

It’s the first series loss of the season for the Dodgers, in 14 tries.

Caleb Ferguson surrendered the two-run shot in the eighth inning, turning a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. This week has been a disaster for the left-hander, who allowed a home run in all three appearances, allowing five runs while retiring only six of 15 batters faced.

Ferguson was the sixth pitcher of the night used by the Dodgers after yet another short leash for their starting pitcher.

The Rockies scored in two innings against Julio Urías, starting with a two-run home run by Josh Fuentes — did you know he’s Nolan Arenado’s cousin? — in the second inning. In the fifth inning, a single, stolen base, and another single brought home a third run, which might as well have been Logan’s run since it marked the end of Urías’ night once his counter reached 75 pitches. The bullpen Carrousel brought in Dylan Floro, who allowed an RBI single to Arenado (Fuentes’ cousin, if you haven’t heard), charging a fourth run to Urías’ ledger.

The subpar pitching spoiled a solid night for the offense, especially Corey Seager, who homered twice. The Dodgers hit four home runs on the night, the seventh time they’ve at least that many in a game this season, and the second time in this series. The loss dropped the Dodgers to 6-1 in those games in 2020.

Notes

  • Max Muncy walked on 10 pitches in the third inning, the most pitches in a Dodgers plate appearance this season. But then Gavin Lux matched him with a two-out walk in the ninth.
  • Kemp’s single in the second inning was his 1,800th career hit, of which 1,322 came in his 10 years with the Dodgers. His home run was his 117th at Dodger Stadium, fourth-most in the ballpark’s history, trailing only Eric Karros (130), Ron Cey (123), and Steve Garvey (118).
  • The Dodgers lost consecutive home games to the Rockies for the first time since June 29-30, 2018.

Sunday particulars

Home runs: Corey Seager 2 (11), Will Smith (6), Chris Taylor (3); Josh Fuentes (1), Matt Kemp

WP — Yency Almonte (3-0): 1 IP, 1 strikeout

LP — Caleb Ferguson (2-1): 1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Sv — Daniel Bard (6): 1 IP, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Up next

The Dodgers are off Monday, but head on the road to face the Diamondbacks for three games in Phoenix beginning Tuesday night. Walker Buehler starts the series opener (6:40 p.m. PT; SportsNet LA, MLB Network), with Luke Weaver starting for Arizona.