The first seven Colorado batters reached base in the opening inning on a double, three singles and three fielder's choices. Kuroda wriggled off the hook and allowed only a pair of runs to score.
The Dodgers tied the game in the second on a single by Jeff Kent, a one-out walk by Andruw Jones and an RBI single by Andy LaRoche. On the hit, Jones attempted to go from first to third but was thrown out by a wide margin. Danny Ardoin singled up the middle to score LaRoche and tie the game.
Kuroda set the Rockies down 1-2-3 in the second inning, the first time a Dodger pitcher could manage that feat in the entire series.
With the sky darkening and a stiff wind blowing toward right field, Colorado nailed the game by scoring three times, but the way it all progressed would make you think it was going to be their day -- and as it turned out, it was.
Jeff Baker sliced a shot down the right field line that caught the wind and bounced around long enough in the corner for him to reach third base with a triple. Matt Holliday hit a one-hopper back to the mound that Kuroda deflected into short left field for an RBI double.
Brad Hawpe then lined a ball into right center that Matt Kemp misjudged and it went for a second RBI double. A single drove in the third, and final Colorado run of the game.
Loney singled and Jones' double drove him in in the second inning, but from that point on, Los Angeles could manage only five more hits, two each by Loney, giving him three for the game, and Kemp, who boosted his hitting streak to 11 games.
Kemp singled with one out in the fifth, Loney singled with one out in the sixth, Blake DeWitt smacked a pinch-hit double in the seventh, Kent walked and Loney singled in the eighth and Kemp singled in the ninth but they all were left on base.
Six of the final 10 Dodgers struck out.
Kuroda, who had allowed eight hits in the first three innings, suddenly righted the ship and allowed only a single over the next three. With the loss he slipped to 5-7 and is 2-7 in road games.
Chan Ho Park worked two scoreless innings but with the Dodgers offense in a funk, it didn't make much difference.
It was the third loss in four games for the Dodgers, who flirted with first place after the opening with a 16-10 win in the opener at Coors Field. Arizona played Chicago again in a night game at home.
When Kuroda started it gave the Dodgers three consecutive rookie starting pitchers for the first time since 1988.
Los Angeles has an open date today (Thursday) and then will host Washington and San Francisco for three games and Arizona for four.
Score by innings Los Angeles 020 010 000-3 Colorado 203 000 00x-5 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Kemp rf 4 0 2 0 .290 Ethier lf 5 0 1 0 .277 Garciaparra ss 4 0 0 0 .275 Kent 2b 3 1 1 0 .254 Loney 1b 4 1 2 0 .302 Jones cf 3 0 1 1 .166 LaRoche 3b 4 1 1 1 .214 Ardoin c 2 0 1 1 .238 Martin ph-c 2 0 0 0 .297 Kuroda p 2 0 0 0 .062 DeWitt ph 1 0 1 0 .257 Park p 0 0 0 0 .000 Young ph 1 0 0 0 .248 Totals 35 3 11 3 Colorado 33 5 11 5 2b hits- Jones (7), DeWitt (11). RBI- LaRoche (6), Ardoin (3), Jones (12). LOB- Los Angeles 8, Colorado 8. DP- Park and Garciaparra. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Kuroda (5-7) 6.0 9 5-5 1 4 3.98 Park 2.0 2 0-0 1 1 2.51 PB- Ardoin. HBP- by Park. T- 2:57. Att- 35,305.Dodger Blue Notes-- A New York Post item says the Yankees have scout George King following the Dodgers. According to the stories, the Dodgers are entertaining offers for righthander Derek Lowe, who will be a free agent after the season.