MLB scores: Rockies top Dodgers, 5-4, in 11 innings

Stephen Dunn

Brandon Barnes and Charlie Blackmon played a huge part in Colorado's first extra-innings victory of the season. Thank the return of the black vests for that!

Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Morneau each knocked in a run in a three-run 11th inning that sent the Rockies to an eventual 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Friday.

The two teams entered the 11th without either team scoring a run since the third inning, but the Rockies struck first on Blackmon's RBI single that plated Brandon Barnes, who sparked the rally with a one-out double. Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Morneau added what proved to be gigantic insurance runs with a fielder's choice and opposite-field single, respectively.

Colorado had a chance to get more, but Wilin Rosario bounced into an inning-ending double play. That almost came back to bite the Rockies when LaTroy Hawkins served up a double and a home run in consecutive at-bats in the bottom half of the 11th, but Colorado's closer recorded three straight fly outs to secure the win.

Jordan Lyles came up big for the Rockies once again, navigating through some poor BABIP luck to post seven innings of two-run ball. He allowed six hits and struck out four while surrendering only on walk. He took a no decision despite holding an early lead as a result of second-inning solo home runs from Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki. Yasiel Puig went deep off of Lyles for the first run of the game and also knocked in the tying run for the Dodgers on a third-inning single.

Adam Ottavino, Rex Brothers and Boone Logan combined for three hitless innings in relief of Lyles.

Morneau led the Rockies' offense with two hits to raise his batting average to .349. Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a line-drive single in the 11th.

Puig, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe had two hits apiece for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp was ejected in the bottom of the ninth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Dodgers starter Josh Beckett looked like his old self, striking out six and allowing only two runs on four hits in eight innings of work.

Juan Nicasio will take the mound for the Rockies on Saturday as the team attempts to win its first road series of the season. The Dodgers will counter with Paul Maholm, who is winless and owns a 5.60 ERA thus far.


Source: FanGraphs

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