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Cleveland Indians 4, Colorado Rockies 1: Greg Holland blows it again

The Rockies closer blew the save for the second straight game.

For the second straight game, the Rockies entered the ninth with a lead and Greg Holland blew it.

Entering the game with a 1-0 lead, Holland walked a pair and gave up two hits, including Yan Gomes’ three-run, walk-off home run to make it a 4-1 Rockies loss.

Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run to center field on the second pitch of the game from Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, giving the Rockies the 1-0 lead that Germán Márquez and the Rockies bullpen made stand all the way through the top of the ninth.

The homer from Blackmon was followed by a single by DJ LeMahieu, but then Kluber settled in. He retired 14 straight hitters after LeMahieu’s single until Raimel Tapia singled to lead off the sixth. Those were the only three baserunners allowed in a complete game by Kluber, who walked none and struck out 11 to go with the one run and three hits he gave up.

However, Márquez was just as good, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and walking three with three strikeouts. He threw 103 pitches, 66 for strikes. All three of the walks issued by Márquez came after the fifth inning.

Chris Rusin pitched a scoreless seventh thanks to some help from Nolan Arenado, who spotted Bradley Zimmer not running out a pop up near the mound and let the ball drop, turning it into an easy double play.

Pat Neshek and Mike Dunn combined to put up another zero in the eighth, leaving a runner on third, setting up the meltdown from Holland.

The Rockies will look to split the brief two-game set tomorrow as Antonio Senzatela takes the mound against Trevor Bauer. First pitch is at 10:10 a.m. Mountain time.