Sep 26, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman N. Arenado (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers met at Coors Field on Saturday night for the second game of their three-game series.
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Carlos Gonzalez‘s ninth inning two-run walk-off home run sealed a victory and a series win for the Colorado Rockies, as they outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6 on Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver.
The Rockies got on the board first with four runs in the first, thanks to Nolan Arenado‘s 40th home run of the year — a grand slam — that drew first blood off Dodgers’ starter (and yes, former Rockies starter) Brett Anderson.
The Dodgers collected two right away in the top of the second, though, on Andre Ethier‘s two-run bomb off Rockies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, making what will likely be his second-to-last start in a Rockies uniform.
The Rockies would build a lead in the bottom of the second, and bottom of the third, after an RBI single from DJ LeMahieu and an RBI double from Justin Morneau. All told, through three innings, the Rockies were ahead 6-2, though with Kendrick on the mound that lead wasn’t safe.
Sure enough, Kendrick allowed a single run in the fifth, and then three in the sixth, tying the game for the Dodgers. He was removed without recording an out in the sixth inning, and came away once again with an ugly line: six earned runs allowed on seven hits and three walks, striking out just two and allowing one home run.
After Kendrick departed, though, the scoring for both teams settle down and the Rockies’ bullpen did a marvelous job in the final four innings. Brooks Brown allowed an inherited runner to score that was charged to Kendrick, but nothing besides that, and Rex Brothers, Gonzalez Germen, and Justin Miller each threw a scoreless inning that took the teams into the bottom of the ninth inning on a 6-6 tie.
LeMahieu led off the bottom of the ninth inning, and then Carlos Gonzalez hit the walk-off bomb to end the game! With the win, the Rockies ensured a series victory over Los Angeles, as well as the 65th win of their season, with seven games remaining.
The Rockies will next face the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon, before heading on the road for the final week of the season to face the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games, and the San Francisco Giants for three more next weekend.