Clayton Kershaw surrendered back-to-back homers for the first time in his career, with Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra going deep in the sixth to help the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 on Saturday night.
Reynolds lined a two-run homer off Kershaw (1-1). Three pitches later, Parra followed with a solo shot to help the Rockies improve to 5-1 for the third time in franchise history.
"My stuff was fine. I just had some bad pitches and tonight they went over the fence," said Kershaw. "You can't give up mistakes, and I gave up too many tonight."
This was only the third time Kershaw has allowed multi-homers in an inning over his career. The Dodgers ace went six innings and gave up four runs, including three homers, in his first loss to the Rockies since July 12, 2013.
"I didn't know that. That was cool for a little bit, I guess," Kershaw said of the first time he's allowed back-to-back home runs in his career. "You never expect to give up home runs, so kudos to them."
Clayton Kershaw allowed back-to-back HR for 1st time in his career in 6th inning at Rockies. Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra took him deep. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 9, 2017
Jon Gray turned in a strong outing during a no-decision, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. Mike Dunn (2-0) got two outs in the sixth to earn the win and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
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Nolan Arenado lined a hanging curveball from Kershaw in the first to deep center. He has two homers after tying for the NL lead with 41 last season.
Curveball up. Curveball out.#NolanBeingNolan �� pic.twitter.com/Mpk3YMadu7 — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 9, 2017
Andrew Toles added a solo homer in the fifth for the Dodgers to tie it.
Toles ties it up! #TaTaToles (via @MLB) pic.twitter.com/sTVPFBcz7T — Chavez Ravine Fiends (@RavineFiends) April 9, 2017
The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to rally in the later innings, but Yasiel Puig was stranded after a leadoff double in the seventh, and Scott Van Slyke struck out to end the eighth as the tying run at the plate.
Colorado closer, Greg Holland, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, recorded his fourth save of the season after a perfect ninth inning.
The Dodgers will send right-hander Kenta Maeda to the mound on Sunday afternoon as he looks to pick up his first win of the season.
Colorado will counter with LHP Tyler Anderson with first pitch scheduled for 12:10PM PST.