A strong start from Antonio Senzatela and a big sixth-inning rally propelled the Rockies to an 11-7 win over the Brewers on Friday night. Senzatela gave up just two runs on seven hits in six innings of work, walking a pair and striking out six.
Senzatela walked off the mound in the middle of the sixth down 2-1, but Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game and starting a seven-run inning for the home team.
Grand slam con Mucho Swagger
The Rockies blew the game open and capped the scoring in their seven-run sixth inning when Raimel Tapia came off the bench and hit a pinch-hit grand slam off of Brewers reliever Jay Jackson:
It was Tapia’s fourth pinch-hit homer of the season and he became the first Rockies player ever with two pinch-hit grand slams in his career, his first coming last season in July against Arizona’s Archie Bradley.
Rockies second baseman Ryan McMahon equalled his jersey number with his 24th home run of the season against Brewers reliever Jacob Faria in the seventh, giving the Rockies a 10-2 lead at the time:
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Of McMahon’s 24 home runs this season, 17 have come since the All-Star Break. He hit eight of them in August and tonight’s was his fifth of September. McMahon’s 24 home runs are the most ever for a Rockies second baseman.
Easy as 1-2-3
Rockies closer Jairo Diaz came into a bases-loaded jam with one out in the eighth inning and the Rockies up 11-4. It took Diaz just two pitches to end the threat, as he got Trent Grisham to ground into a 1-2-3 double play, ending the inning:
The Rockies will look for win number 70 on the season as Chi Chi Gonzalez takes the mound in the second game of the series against Milwaukee’s Gio Gonzalez (no relation.) First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Mountain time at Coors Field.