The Rockies take game four in dramatic fashion to split the series with the Dodgers in a twice-delayed contest between the division rivals.
Following a sharp 1-2-3 first inning from Chad Bettis, the Rockies wasted no time getting on the board; Troy Tulowitzki drove in Charlie Blackmon from third on a one out sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers responded in the top of the second, Yasmani Grandal's single to right field scored Howie Kendrick, Grandal advanced to third on a throw deflected off of Nolan Arenado into the Dodgers' dugout. The game remained locked even at one a piece until the fifth inning, when Los Angeles took the lead on a Justin Turner double to left field.
With Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu aboard in the fifth, Troy Tulowitzki launched a three run shot into the left field bleachers. His second big fly in as many days. Mike Bolsinger was done after five, surrendering four runs on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Chad Bettis worked his third consecutive quality start, allowing just two runs -- one earned -- on five hits, three walks and five punch outs over six innings.
Christian Friedrich, coming off of an unsatisfactory performance in his last appearance, gave up three, one out singles in the top of the seventh before being pulled in favor of Brooks Brown. A four-pitch walk to Howie Kendrick loaded the bases for Andre Ethier to put the Dodgers ahead on a two run single to right field. Brown walked the next batter he faced and exited the game without recording an out.
Scott Oberg put an end to the Dodgers' rally, inducing a quick double play ball from last night's villain, Alex Guerrero.
Joc Pederson took Scott Oberg deep for the second time this season to widen the gap to 6-4 in the top of the eighth. The Dodgers' rookie center fielder put on quite a show in the series, with a home run in each of the four games.
After working a clean eighth inning, Adam Libratore remained in the game for the bottom of the ninth. Michael McKenry led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on Charlie Blackmon' ground-rule double -- his fourth hit, second double, of the game.
Libratore gave way to Yimi Garcia to face DJ LeMahieu. A full count walk to the LeMahieu loaded the bases with no outs for Troy Tulowitzki. Tulowitzki drew his second walk of the game, scoring Michael McKenry free of contest.
J.P. Howell relieved Garcia, but only to see catcher Yasmani Grandal allow a passed ball on the first pitch thrown. Howell intentionally walked Carlos Gonzalez to set up the force all around. Right-hander Chris Hatcher entered the game to face the Rockies hottest hitter, Nolan Arenado.
Arenado sent a fly ball to left far over the heads of the Dodgers' five man infield to score a sliding DJ LeMahieu. That capped a resurgent full team victory for the Colorado Rockies.
W: John Axford L: Yimi Garcia
Troy Tulowizki: 2-3, HR (6), 2 BB, 5 RBI
Charlie Blackmon: 4-5, 3 R
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