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Apr 19, 2:02 AM EDT

Walks hurt Lyles in Rockies' loss to Dodgers


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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Second baseman DJ LeMahieu's failure to turn a possible inning-ending double play ultimately did more damage to the Colorado Rockies than his two-run homer off Zack Greinke did against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Three walks by Jordan Lyles loaded the bases with one out in the third inning for Adrian Gonzalez, who hit a routine grounder to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and was safe when LeMahieu's relay throw to first couldn't be handled by Justin Morneau. Greinke scored the go-ahead run, and Gonzalez added a two-run double in the fifth to help hand the Rockies a 6-3 loss Saturday night.

"We turn that double play 99 out of a 100 times," said LeMahieu, who won the Gold Glove last year. "We've got to play good clean baseball to win on the road. It would have helped a lot if we could have gotten out of that inning."

LeMahieu chased Greinke in the seventh with his first homer of the season and first in 53 career at-bats at Dodger Stadium.

"I knew I was probably his last batter, so I didn't want him leaving on a good note," said LeMahieu, who is batting .463 through his first 11 games. "I'm just seeing the ball well. I had a good first series and I've just tried to carry it on."

Lyles (1-1) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in six innings, dropping to 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in four starts against the Dodgers.

"It's the walks, and a lot of them scored," Lyles said. "If they're going to score, make them earn it. After I walked them, they earned it by getting them in. I've got to do a better job of attacking them early."

Yasiel Puig stared down the right-hander after a belt-high wild pitch just missed hitting him before Lyles walked him in the fifth. Gonzalez followed with a drive to left-center that center fielder Charlie Blackmon missed on a diving attempt.

"Gonzalez is hot. But if I get him to put it on the ground again, maybe we can get a double play," Lyles said. "I figured he would be looking for something the first pitch, so I tried to get him to roll over it with a fastball down and away.

"Good hitters put good swings on balls, and he hit it in the gap. But overall, there were just too many walks. I didn't mind that one walk to Puig, but there are a handful of others that are unnecessary."

Greinke (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings while improving to 20-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 30 starts against NL West teams since signing with the Dodgers in December 2012.

"That's probably the toughest lineup in the National League. Maybe our lineup is up with theirs, but they're pretty good," Greinke said. "I mean, Corey Dickerson is about as good as anyone in baseball who is batting sixth, and LeMahieu is batting close to .500 right now - and he's their eighth hitter. That's pretty tough."

Gonzalez, who led the majors last season with 116 RBIs, has 14 in his first 11 games and is batting .523 (23 for 44).

"That's pretty amazing," Greinke said. "He went through a little slump last year, and that's the first time I think I've seen him go through one since I've been here. But right now, he's as hot as it gets."

Puig and Howie Kendrick had RBI doubles in the seventh against Brooks Brown, and Joel Peralta pitched a hitless ninth for his third save in three chances.

WILD MAN

Greinke, who threw a career-high 12 wild pitches last season, had two in a row in the third inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford did not play because of a stomach ailment and was replaced by Andre Ethier, who started the previous three games in RF while Puig was sidelined. Ethier had not started in four consecutive games since June 28-July 2 last year. ... Closer Kenley Jansen threw off a mound for the first time since left foot surgery in February. His bullpen session lasted 15 pitches.

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Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler will make his sixth career start and third against the Dodgers, the team he made his big league debut against last June 6 at Coors Field. Last Monday, he pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings despite giving up six walks.

Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy surrendered four home runs while striking out 10 and walking none in a seven-inning no-decision last Monday against Seattle at Dodger Stadium. The 10-year veteran, who played high school ball in Colorado Springs, is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the Rockies.

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