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Andrew Toles hit a grand slam in the 9th inning as the Dodgers pounded the Rockies bullpen

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Posted at 10:56 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 00:56:44-04

DENVER -- Andrew Toles hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers overcome a late six-run deficit in a 10-8 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night for a doubleheader split.

Trailing 8-2, the Dodgers scored three times in the eighth and added five more in the ninth. Toles capped the final inning with an oppose-field homer off closerAdam Ottavino (0-1) for his first career slam.

Luis Avilan (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth to earn the win. Kenley Jansenpitched the ninth for his 40th save, getting David Dahl on a called third strike to end it.

The Dodgers began their comeback in the eighth with an RBI double fromYasmani Grandal, an RBI single by Joc Pederson and a sacrifice fly by Howie KendrickChase Utley nearly brought in more, sending a two-out grounder up the middle with two on, but DJ LeMahieu ranged to his right, snared the ball and threw Utley out by a step to end the threat.

Los Angeles scored once in the ninth on an RBI single from Josh Reddick and then loaded the bases with two outs, setting the stage for Toles.

Colorado took two of three in the series against the NL West-leading Dodgers, who maintain a 1 1/2-game lead over San Francisco. This marks the fifth series the Rockies have captured from a first-place team in August. They're the only team in the majors with a positive run differential (plus-24) and a losing mark (64-69).

Starter Jeff Hoffman allowed two runs and was in line for his first big league win before the bullpen had a meltdown.

Stephen Cardullo did most of the early damage -- on his 29th birthday, no less -- with a grand slam during a five-run first inning off Bud Norris, who got the last-minute start with Rich Hill bothered by a blister. Cardullo also hit his first big league homer as a pinch-hitter in Game 1.

In the opening game, left-hander Tyler Anderson (5-5) threw 6 1/3 stellar innings as the Rockies cruised to a 7-0 win for their first home shutout this season.

The doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout Tuesday.

Utley led off the game with a homer for the Dodgers, the third time he's done that this season.

Cristhian Adams turned in quite a doubleheader with six hits, including two triples. LeMahieu finished the day 3 for 8 to run his average to an NL-leading .345.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and finished with 36 RBI for the month. It's the most by a Rockies player for August, passing the mark of 33 set byAndres Galarraga in 1996.