With Dexter Fowler on third base and one out in the first, Gonzalez popped up to shortstop against Dodgers starting pitcher Aaron Harang (4-3), who held the Rockies to one run and four hits in six innings.
"He had all his pitches working," said Tyler Colvin, who was 0-for-4."He came right after us and got outs."
With the bases loaded in the fifth and one out in a 4-1 game, Harang worked Gonzalez into a popout in foul territory. Harang ended the inning by coaxing a grounder from Michael Cuddyer.
"It was a pitch out of the strike zone, I should have taken it and waited," Gonzalez said. "The first pitch he threw me was a curveball in the dirt, and I swung on it. That's how I get in trouble."
Said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, "I think that inning was the key to the game. We had the guys we wanted at the plate."
After the Rockies had sliced scored a run in the seventh to slice the Dodgers' lead to 6-2, Gonzalez came to the plate with one out and runners on the corners. Gonzalez bit at the first pitch he saw, a slider from Dodgers lefty reliever Scott Elbert, who had just entered, and grounded into a double play.
"Obviously, I try to get ahead with my slider," Elbert said. "I got lucky this time. He swung. I threw one pitch. Slider away."
Gonzalez has generally succeeded in such situations. He entered Saturday hitting .409 with runners in scoring position, and was hitting .522 on the first pitch. On Saturday, he left six men on base.
It was that kind of day for the Rockies. Plagued with problems along the starting rotation all year, they saw Juan Nicasio (2-3) exit the game in the second inning after landing awkwardly while trying to avoid a sharp Elian Herrera grounder, one that would plate two Dodgers. The early diagnosis is a strained left knee and the Rockies don't expect to know anything more until Sunday.
Nicasio wasn't effective while in the game, anyway -- he gave up four hits and two earned runs (three total) in just 1 2/3 innings pitched.
"I threw a couple of strikes, but the [umpire] called them balls," Nicasio said. "I think they were close."
Right-hander Josh Roenicke walked in a run with two outs in the fourth inning and L.A.'s Bobby Abreu sent a Matt Reynolds fastball over the right-field wall to take a 5-1 lead in the sixth. Adam Kennedy followed a few batters later with a soft single to shallow right to bring in Andre Ethier.
"The important thing for us is to put this aside and bounce back tomorrow," Tracy said. "That'd be wonderful."