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Dodgers Lose Wild One

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It was a game of curious decisions and mishaps. Perhaps the warm weather, an 85 degree start temperature at 7:11 pm, had something to do with it. With nothing decided after nine innings, Dodgers reliever Octavio Dotel (L, 2-3) took it upon himself to end things in the tenth inning despite not giving up a hit with three wild pitches, one of them driving home the winning run for the Rockies 3-2 win.

“I lost my control a little bit, started throwing a couple of wild pitches,” Dotel said. “I don’t think I’ve ever done that.”

But even with all of that having gone down, the Dodgers still had a chance to win the game. With pinch hitter Reed Johnson hitting a one-out single off of Rockies’ closer Huston Street in the bottom of the tenth, Scott Podsednik hit a shallow fly ball that got past centerfielder Dexter Fowler. Fowler managed to get the ball and make a perfect relay throw to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Dodger third base coach Larry Bowa took a gamble and sent Johnson home as Tulowitzki barreled the throw to catcher Miguel Olivo in plenty of time to tag Johnson out.

“They had to be perfect,” manager Joe Torre said on the relay throw. “When I saw Bowa sending Reed, I knew that’s certainly what I would have done. Unfortunately for us they made a good exchange and a perfect throw at the plate.”