In a battle of two very young pitchers with good upside, the Rockies and 23 year old Alex White bested the Dodgers and their 22 year old starter Nathan Eovaldi 3-2 in a rare well-pitched game this afternoon at Coors Field.
Both pitchers struggled at times with their command, as Eovaldi walked four and White walked five. However, the latter used a deadly sinker to induce 13 ground ball outs in his 6.2 innings of work, and because of that, only allowed two runs on two hits. Both runs came on a seventh-inning homer off the bat of A.J. Ellis.
The Rockies scratched out three runs on five hits against Eovaldi, two of which came in the bottom of the sixth when Todd Helton and Jordan Pacheco came through with back-to-back run-scoring hits. Pacheco's was a double, and represented the Rockies' only extra base hit. The difference in the game was the first-inning run scored by Colorado, as Dexter Fowler led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball by Ellis, and scored on a Marco Scutaro groundout.
The Rockies received very good bullpen work from Matt Belisle, who recorded four key outs without allowing a baserunner. Rafael Betancourt slammed the door on the Dodgers in the ninth, picking up his tenth save.
Today's win was an important one for the Rox, as they won their second consecutive series and finally won a weekend game - their first at home since Helton's walk-off against Arizona on April 14th, and first overall since winning in Milwaukee on April 22nd. It's never a bad thing to win in front of 35,000+ fans, but especially when that win means a series victory over the division leaders.
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