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Rockies 5, Dodgers 2: Rox win it as Arenado, Fuentes come up with big hits in the ninth

Ninth inning heroics help Rockies beat L.A.

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After Friday night’s 10-4 loss that took a turn for the worse when the Dodgers mustered up a late-game rally, Colorado has come back to even up the series. The Rockies got the win against L.A. with the help of a solid pitching performance by Germán Márquez and run support from the offense.

Better is an understatement

Compared to his most recent outing, which resulted in a shutout loss against the Padres, Márquez had a much better outing on the mound. Márquez pitched seven innings and held the Dodgers’ lineup to two runs on five hits. He struck out five batters in the process and got out of innings with baserunners in scoring position fairly well. It was a much needed performance for both the righty and the Rockies as they try to stay in playoff contention.

Chuck Nazty for DH

Charlie Blackmon was given the night off defensively, and instead he batted in the cleanup spot as the designated hitter. Tonight proved that this role for Blackmon might just be better off for the Rockies, at least for the remainder of this season. Blackmon had a good night at the plate and provided the Rox with their first two runs of the game. He scored in the second on an error by right-fielder Mookie Betts. And in the fourth, Charlie hit one deep over the right-field wall. With Blackmon at DH, it gave Sam Hilliard the opportunity to make a start in right, which is getting no complaints here. Hilliard has a great arm and showed off how good he is defensively when he robbed Cody Bellinger of a home run.

Rockies break away

The Rockies had a 2-0 lead, until the Dodgers came back to tie it up in the fifth. But, the Rockies’ offense came back alive in the ninth inning to top Los Angeles. Three consecutive singles by Raimel Tapia, Trevor Story, and Nolan Arenado put up the team up 3-2 with no outs. Though, it was Josh Fuentes who came in to pinch hit for Daniel Murphy that made all the difference. Initially behind in the count 1-2, Fuentes drove a double down the first base line to put the Rockies up 5-2. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — We like Fuentes.

Up Next

Rockies and Dodgers faceoff again for a night game 8:10 p.m. MT. The Rox will see Julio Urias (3-0), while Ryan Castellani (1-2) makes his start for Colorado.