LOS ANGELES (AP) — Had the Los Angeles Dodgers not had such a comfortable lead over the San Franciaco Giants in the NL West, the pain of losing a game that took 5 hours, 23 minutes and 16 innings to lose would have been excruciating.
As it was, the 5-4 defeat to the Colorado Rockies didn't sit well with anyone in the Dodgers' clubhouse — to say the least.
"It gets to a point you're just, 'Yeah, how bad?,'" manager Don Mattingly said. "You want the game obviously. You play that long, you're trying to win.
"It was one of those games that this time of year you don't really plan on running out of guys, but we pretty much ran out of guys."
Mattingly scribbled the names of 28 players on his lineup card, including 11 pitchers. The Rockies used 30 players, tying the major league record set by the Oakland A's on Sept. 19, 1972 in a 15-inning game. Thirteen of them were pitchers, two more than the previous big league mark.
Records were also established for combined players used (58) and pitchers (24).
"You can probably only pull that off in September with the expanded rosters, to get through 16 innings like we did," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of the rain-soaked affair. "That's probably been one of the craziest ones I've been a part of."
Despite their fifth loss in 21 games, the Dodgers' magic number for clinching the division shrunk to 11 by virtue of San Francisco's 9-8 loss to Cincinnati.
Mat Latos (4-10), in his first career relief appearance after 174 starts, gave up Nolan Arenado's NL-leading 39th home run in the 16th. The Rockies also capitalized on a throwing error by rookie shortstop Corey Seager to score three runs in the fourth.
Latos struck out Carlos Gonzalez before Arrenado drove the right-hander's next pitch into the pavilion seats just to the right of center field.
David Hale (4-5) pitched one inning for the victory and Gonzalez Germen got three outs for the save.
Justin Morneau raced all the way to third with his first triple of the season with one out in the 11th after center fielder Chris Heisey got turned around and leaped for the ball on the rain-slicked warning track before falling down. DJ LeMahieu then singled against former Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio to drive in pinch-runner Ben Paulsen.
But Heisey drove in the tying run with an infield hit to third baseman Arenado, who charged the dribbler with the infield in and couldn't get a grip on the wet ball as rookie Scott Schebler raced home. Rockies closer John Axford was charged with his sixth blown save in 29 chances.
Colorado starter Chris Rusin was charged with three runs and five hits, departing in the seventh with a 3-1 lead, no outs and runners at first and second.
Jimmy Rollins, who didn't start for the eighth straight game because of a hand injury, pinch-ran at first base after Rusin gave up a double to Adrian Gonzalez and a walk to A.J. Ellis. A walk to Seager loaded the bases before Heisey hit a sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Austin Barnes tied it with a bloop single to left for his first major league RBI.
Dodgers lefty Brett Anderson was charged with three runs - two earned - and seven hits in seven innings without walking a batter. He struck out seven, including Gonzalez all three times he faced him. Anderson's first two pitches of the game resulted in bunt singles by Charlie Blackmon and Jose Reyes.
Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (9-6) is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season.
Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (10-10) is 3-4 with a 4.53 ERA in eight starts since he was acquired from the Braves on July 30 in a three-team trade with Miami that involved 12 players. The last time he faced the Rockies on July 12, he gave up seven runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings in an 11-3 loss at Coors Field.