DENVER (AP) — Clayton Kershaw left a slider up — gone. Three pitches later, he grooved a fastball — same result.
He just stared at the dirt in disbelief.
The Dodgers ace surrendered back-to-back homers for the first time in his career, with Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra going deep in the sixth inning to help the Colorado Rockies beat Los Angeles 4-2 on Saturday night.
“That was cool for a little bit, I guess,” Kershaw said of his streak. “You never expect to give up home runs. Kudos to them. Good job.”
Reynolds lined a two-run homer off Kershaw (1-1) and Parra quickly followed with a solo shot. It was only the third time Kershaw has allowed multi-homers in an inning over his career. Nolan Arenado also hit a homer off Kershaw in the first.
Kershaw sometimes goes an entire month without giving up three homers.
“He’s one of the best for a reason,” Reynolds said. “He left a couple of pitches up in the zone. Me and Parra put some good swings on them.”
Kershaw lasted six innings and gave up four runs in his first loss to the Rockies since July 12, 2013. Manager Dave Roberts had a simple explanation for Kershaw’s struggles.
“He’s human,” Roberts said.
Behind the big hits by Reynolds and Parra, plus a lights-out bullpen, the Rockies improved to 5-1 for the third time in franchise history. Then again, they could sense this brewing.
“We had a different feeling in spring training. We knew we had a good squad,” Reynolds said.
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.
Andrew Toles added a solo homer in the fifth for the Dodgers to tie it. It was his first homer since a grand slam Aug. 31 at Coors Field.
Parra also came up big with his glove, racing back and reaching up to take an extra-base hit away from Corey Seager in the third. An inning later, Parra saved at least a run with a diving catch on Yasiel Puig’s sinking liner.
“That’s a great play,” manager Bud Black said.
To think, Parra was originally slated to play right with Carlos Gonzalez getting a rest. The Rockies announced before the game that Parra would switch to left and Stephen Cardullo would play right.