Through 8 2⁄3 innings, the Colorado Rockies offense could not muster anything against Braves pitching, but that is why they play nine innings. Down 3-0, the Rockies got four straight hits with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at three. They then got a go-ahead home run from DJ LeMahieu and an RBI single from Nolan Arenado in the 10th to take a 5-3 win and the series over Atlanta.
After Braves closer A.J. Minter got two quick outs in the ninth, Trevor Story kept the game alive with a double and moved to third on a David Dahl single. Ian Desmond then worked a full count against Minter before a two-run double that cut the Rockies deficit to 3-2. Pinch hitter Gerardo Parra then singled home Desmond to tie the game. Adam Ottavino left a man on third in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.
With one out in the 10th, DJ LeMahieu put the Rockies in the lead with a solo home run to dead center field. Carlos González then followed that with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado’s base hit to make it 5-3. Wade Davis worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th to earn his 34th save.
Antonio Senzatela Returns
Out since August 2, right-hander Antonio Senzatela made his return to the mound Saturday against the Braves. Senzatela was good, if unspectacular, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits in five innings, walking two but striking out just one. He threw 82 pitches, 49 of them for strikes, dropping his ERA to 4.47 on the season.
The Rockies will look to sweep the Braves and a go 5-1 on the current road trip on Sunday in the finale of the four-game set in Atlanta. Germán Márquez will be on the mound for Colorado against Atlanta’s Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. Mountain time,