Two More HRs, Chris Rusin Rescue Colorado Rockies For The Sweep


May 31, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (9) is greeted by third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) after hitting two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies went for the sweep Sunday afternoon at Citizen’s Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu each slugged two run home runs, and when Jordan Lyles left the game in the second inning after re-aggravating his toe injury, Chris Rusin came through with 4.2 scoreless innings in relief to rescue the Colorado Rockies with a 4-1 victory and the series sweep Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nolan Arenado led off the fun for the Rockies in the top of the first inning, with a two-run home run off Phillies’ starter Jerome Williams to give the Rox a 2-0 lead.

Jordan Lyles started for the Rockies, but was removed in the second inning with one out, after avoiding a line drive single from Phillies’ hitter Cody Asche and landing awkwardly on his toe. The toe – the same one he injured in a previous start – proved to be too much for Lyles, who was lifted for Chris Rusin after getting just four outs in the game.

Rusin eventually allowed Lyles’ inherited run in the second, but escaped the emergency otherwise unscathed and the Rox took a 2-1 lead into the third inning.

The Rockies would tack on two more runs in the fifth inning, when DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run shot off Williams to make the game 4-1.

The story was Rusin, who came in for Lyles in the second and was masterful at keeping the Rockies ahead on an emergency long relief gig. He ended up going 4.2 innings, allowing no runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two Phillies’ hitters.

In the bottom of the seventh, Rusin got into a jam after allowing a walk and two weak singles, and was removed in favor of Brooks Brown. Brown came on with nobody out and the bases loaded in the 4-1 game, and promptly struck out the side to keep the lead.

Christian Friedrich then tossed a perfect eighth inning to preserve the lead, and put the Rockies within three outs of winning the game and sweeping the series.

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Then, after John Axford worked two days in a row, on came Scott Oberg to work the ninth and attempt his first career big league save, and retired the side giving up just a single to seal the game for Colorado.

The Rockies will now face the Los Angeles Dodgers for four games in three days, in a mid-week series at Coors Field.

Then, they will host the Miami Marlins next weekend in Denver.