After being pushed back twice due to a cut on the finger of his throwing hand, Jorge De La Rosa returned the hill for the Colorado Rockies and helped them take the first game of today's doubleheader by a score of 6-3. He allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks in six innings of work. He also struck out six. The win was his 71st in a Rockies uniform, putting him just one win behind Aaron Cook for first all-time.
The Rockies got out to an early lead in the second inning against former Rockie Juan Nicasio. Nolan Arenado continued his hot streak with a double to the right-center field gap, then came around to score on an infield single from Daniel Descalso.
Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long. The Dodgers answered right back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third when Joc Pederson blasted a two-run home run an estimated 477 feet into the second deck above the Dodger bullpen after catcher Austin Barnes led off the inning with a walk.
In the fourth inning, Ben Paulsen led off with a double in front of a two-run home run Michael McKenry, his third of the season, to give the Rockies the lead back at 3-2.
In the fifth, the seesaw battle continued. With two outs and nobody on, De La Rosa inexcusably walked Dodgers relief pitcher Ian Thomas in his first career PA. He then compounded it by walking Pederson, giving up a single to Chris Heisey, and walking Adrian Gonzalez to force in a run and tie up the game, 3-3.
The bottom of the inning saw the Rockies once again take the lead. DJ LeMahieu singled and stole second, Arenado drove him in with a single and advanced to second on the throw, and McKenry put the Rockies on top, 5-3, as he drove in his third run of the day with a double.
In the seventh inning, Paulsen hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, to tack on an insurance run and expand the lead to 6-3. For the Rockies, Boone Logan retired all five batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings and Rafael Betancourt retired the only hitter he faced to finish out the eighth.
In the ninth, closer John Axford retired the next three hitters he faced (thanks in part to an overturned call on a replay) after a leadoff single from Justin Turner to pick up his 10th save of the season.
Game two of today's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 6:40 pm MDT.
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