McKenry, Paulsen Lead Colorado Rockies To 6-3 Win


May 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher M. McKenry (8) celebrates with right fielder B. Barnes (1) in front of first baseman B. Paulsen (10) after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Phillies 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies took on the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday afternoon looking for a victory against the NL West’s best. 

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Michael McKenry hit a home run and a double, and Ben Paulsen added another home run late in the game, to push Jorge De La Rosa and the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 victory in game one of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Daniel Descalso hit an infield single that scored Nolan Arenado from third base.

The 1-0 lead would last merely a half inning, though, when Joc Pederson hit a 477-foot home run off the facade of the third deck in the top of the third inning, putting the Dodgers up 2-1 and wowing folks on highlight reels around the country.

The Rockies answered back, and kept answering, though. McKenry hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Dodgers’ reliever Ian Thomas, making the game 3-2 in favor of the Rox, on his third long ball of the year.

In the top of the fifth, the Dodgers scored one more run on a walk of Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded, but that’d be it for the boys in blue in game one.

The Rockies answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, when Arenado singled home DJ LeMahieu, and then McKenry doubled home Arenado.

In the seventh inning, Paulsen hit another solo home run – his fourth of the season – to give the Rockies a cushion that would end up being the final score, at 6-3.

De La Rosa (2-2) ended up going six innings for the Rockies, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six Dodgers.

Boone Logan, Rafael Betancourt and John Axford threw three combined innings in relief, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out three Dodgers to seal the victory for the Rockies.

Thomas, in his first game in Los Angeles, took the loss for the Dodgers.

Both teams are playing again this evening in the second half of their day-night doubleheader.