DENVER >> The Dodgers control their own destiny in the National League West. For the second straight day, however, they did nothing in their power to clinch a long-awaited division title.Carlos Gonzalez’s two-run home run off Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia (3-4) in the bottom of the ninth inning put the finishing touch on an 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. A portable champagne party will now travel with the Dodgers to San Francisco on Monday, unless the Giants lose to the Oakland A’s and the Dodgers beat the Rockies today. The Dodgers have a seven-game lead on the Giants with eight games left on the schedule.Catcher A.J. Ellis would rather hear the sound of corks popping than that of a beeping truck backing the Dodgers into the playoffs. “We want to win our way in, that’s for sure,” Ellis said. “Hopefully (today) we can come out and win, and Oakland can take a game from them, and we can be celebrating tomorrow night. If not we’ve got to do it on their field, which would be sweet as well. We can do that when we get to San Francisco, but we need to come out and play to win (today).”The ending was a happy one for the announced crowd of 40,322 at Coors Field, spoiling the Dodgers’ comeback from an early deficit.Andre Ethier’s RBI double, the 300th of his career, highlighted a three-run sixth inning that evened the score at 6-6. Ethier finished 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and three RBIs. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went 2 for 3 with a run-scoring double and Corey Seager hit his first career triple.The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead four batters into the game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Three straight singles off Dodgers starter Brett Anderson, two of which never left the infield, loaded the bases for Nolan Arenado. The all-star third baseman from Lake Forest crushed his 40th home run of the season to dead center field. It was the first time ever that a Rockies cleanup hitter hit a grand slam in the first inning.Colorado tacked on single runs in the second and third, and Anderson was removed for a pinch hitter in the fifth. It’s the second straight start in which Anderson has pitched fewer than five complete innings.Anderson allowed 10 hits and six runs, all earned, raising his ERA to 3.75 — the highest it’s been since May 3.“Last time I felt like I just got beat,” Anderson said. “Today I felt like my stuff was fairly decent, especially for Coors Field. I couldn’t make them hit it hard enough when I wanted to … just kind of the perfect storm. I felt fine.”Anderson earned a $350,000 bonus by reaching 170 innings for the season. He’s already tacked $1.65 million in bonuses on to his $10 million base salary. Anderson is lined up to start once more, Wednesday in San Francisco, which would give him a career-high 31 starts for the season.If he completes another three innings, Anderson will earn a $350,000 bonus for pitching 175 innings. If Anderson pitches another 7 1/3 innings or more, he’ll reach 180 for the season and earn an additional $400,000.In the moment, this was of little consolation to the pitcher.“I’m glass half-empty right now I guess,” Anderson said. “Once the season ends I can reflect on some of the numbers and stuff. When it’s over, it’s over and I can look back.”The Giants wrapped up their win over the A’s not long before the Dodgers took the field. Anderson said he watched the game, but only to enjoy a nostalgic pitching matchup between starters Barry Zito and Tim Hudson.“Not a whole lot of scoreboard-watching,” Anderson said, “but you can’t help but see what the end result was.”Ellis said he watched only “bits and pieces” of the Giants’ game before checking the final score. “When the game starts we know what we’re trying to do,” he said.Still, the fact that the Dodgers have lost six of their last eight games only feeds the perception that they are backing into the postseason. The Dodgers even know their first-round opponent already. The New York Mets officially clinched the National League East with their win over the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the day, and will play whoever wins the West.The task now falls to Alex Wood to change the narrative when he starts the series finale Sunday. The left-hander has allowed only four hits and two runs in his last two starts, a span of 14 1/3 innings. First pitch from Coors Field is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Pacific Time, five minutes after the first scheduled pitch in Oakland. The story of the 2015 Dodgers’ season will play out on the out-of-town scoreboard as much as it will on the field.