The Rockies beat the Dodgers 8-6 tonight at Coors Field.
The Rockies got scoring started early against Brett Anderson. Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu, and Carlos Gonzalez started with three consecutive singles to begin the game, though all they did was load the bases. No matter, though, as Nolan Arenado hit a grand slam to make it four straight hits that gave the Rockies a 4-0 lead. The dinger was Arenado's 40th of the season.
Nolan Arenado became the 11th Rockies player to hit at least 40 home runs in a season. He's the first to do it in the humidor era. Todd Helton was the last to do it. He hit 49 in 2001. Arenado is also the first National League third baseman to to hit 40 dingers in a season since Adrian Beltre in 2004.
The Dodgers got two of those runs back in the top of the second. Andre Ethier hit a two-run home run off of Kyle Kendrick, the 33rd he's given up this season. But a Blackmon triple and a LeMahieu single in the second and back-to-back doubles by Corey Dickerson and Justin Morneau in the third got the runs back to make it a 6-2 game.
The Dodgers added four runs off of Kendrick in the fifth and the sixth to tie it up. The runs came by way of a collection of singles, doubles, and a triple. The last run, from an Ethier double, came after Brooks Brown relieved Kendrick. In what was very likely to be Kendrick's final start at Coors Field, he threw five innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. He walked three, struck out two, and gave up a home run.
The Rockies threatened in the eighth inning. Carlos Gonzalez hit a one out double in the seventh with Arenado and Dickerson coming up to bat. Arenado struck out, but Dickerson hit drive to left-center that looked like it might get down. Joc Pederson, however, made a nice catch to maintain the tie.
The Rockies threatened again in the eighth. Justin Morneau led off the eighth with a single, capping off a 4-for-4 night. Ben Paulsen pinch ran for Morneau, and Cristhian Adames bunted him into scoring position. Dustin Garneau reached base on a fielding error, but the inning ended with the game still tied after Wilin Rosario struck out and Blackmon popped out.
In the ninth, LeMahieu led off with a single up the middle—but that wasn't the exciting part. CarGo hit a walk off home run to center field, giving the Rockies the win.
The Rockies will try to make the final home series of the season a sweep tomorrow afternoon.
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