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Rockies salvage split with 9-6 win over Dodgers

Pat Valaika hit a pair of homers to lift the Rockies to an important victory.

After what transpired the last couple of days, a series split with the Los Angeles Dodgers would’ve felt like a win for the Colorado Rockies.

Fortunately, after breaking a long scoring slump early on Sunday, the Rockies were able to do just that.

Pat Valaika hit a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning, to lift Colorado to a 9-6 victory over the Dodgers in the series finale on Sunday. Valaika, starting at shortstop in place of the injured Trevor Story, went deep in the fourth inning as well to give the Rockies the lead for good.

Nolan Arenado chipped in a two-run homer of his own to help back starter Antonio Senzatela, who had the worst start of his young career. The Dodgers homered twice off of the rookie righty but Senzatela hung in there for five innings, finishing with four earned runs allowed and five strikeouts. He was good enough on a high-scoring day at Coors to be rewarded with his sixth win, keeping him in the same sentence as Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw.

Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu finished with three hits apiece and Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth to earn his league-leading 16th save.

The first-place Rockies finished a tough homestand 6-4 and are 24-15 on the season.