With each team's respective streak now by the wayside, the focus on Sunday will be on winning the series, as Los Angeles and Colorado split the first two games.
For the Dodgers, Saturday's victory couldn't have come at a better time. They were off to a 2-6 start in a stretch that sees the team play 20 games in 20 days, and had received bad news on Thursday when it was announced that star outfielder Matt Kemp would be out at least four weeks after re-injuring his left hamstring.
But on Sunday, Los Angeles has an opportunity to start a new streak and win their second straight series over the Rockies. Even with the five-game skid, the Dodgers maintained the best record in the Major Leagues. Manager Don Mattingly said he's been trying to have his team remain even-keeled.
"When we were playing really well, I wasn't one that was getting too excited about it, knowing that there's storms coming and there's a long way to go," Mattingly said. "We try to get our guys thinking like that."
Colorado will look to rebound by sending 23-year-old right-hander Alex White to the mound in the series finale. White, though, is coming off the worst start of his young career. The Rockies still managed to win on May 28 against the Astros but had to rely on their bats, as White gave up a career-high 10 hits and a career-high-tying six runs in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader.
"We won two games today, maybe the start of something good, and we won those two games despite starting pitching," White said that day. "Me and Juan [Nicasio] just tried to keep the team going, keep us in it."
Rockies: Good, bad news for injured starters
Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin played catch on Saturday, marking the first step in his attempt to return from mysterious pain in his throwing arm, which was finally diagnosed as an injured chest muscle.
The news wasn't as good for fellow starter Jorge De La Rosa. The left-hander, who's been rehabbing since undergoing left elbow surgery last June, experienced left biceps tightness during a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Head athletic trainer Brian Dugger did say, however, that such a setback isn't out of the ordinary for someone in De La Rosa's situation.
"I don't know [the extent of the problem] because I haven't seen him yet, but it's just tightness," Dugger said. "It's probably inflamed somewhere right around the elbow. We'll see how it is."
Colorado was missing three regulars from its lineup in Saturday's loss, as third baseman Jordan Pacheco, first baseman Todd Helton and catcher Wilin Rosario all sat. Rockies manager Jim Tracy just wanted to get rest for the latter two -- Rosario still entered the game in the seventh inning -- and they should return for Sunday's game. But Pacheco is dealing with soreness in his right quadriceps, and his status is in doubt.
Dodgers: Eovaldi looks for first win
Los Angeles will send rookie right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the mound on Sunday for his second start of the year. Eovaldi was a hard-luck loser in his season debut against Milwaukee on Tuesday, taking the loss despite allowing just two runs over seven innings.
"Eovaldi's ball-strike ratio, absolutely incredible," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We kept watching it. It was sliders, it was changeups, the explosive fastball. That's pretty incredible to do that."
Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang rebounded from his first loss in nearly a month in Saturday's game. He collected his fourth win of the season by holding the Rockies to one run over six innings, striking out six.
Sunday concludes the third series between the Dodgers and Rockies this year, with Los Angeles leading the season series, 5-3. The teams won't meet again until Aug. 6.