Crushing victory puts Rockies above .500

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado RockiesMichael Reeves, Denver Post

For the first time since 2010, the Rockies are above .500 in August. With a league leading best second half record, a dominate stretch of pitching, and the offense firing on all cylinders, the Rockies have launched themselves into playoff contention. The team has allowed 3.2 runs per game since the All Star game and that includes two 10+ run losses to the Rays that heavily skews that number upwards.

Wednesday night was the Rockies doing just what they have done since the All Star break with hitting the ball hard and their starters pitching well. Tyler Anderson gave the Rockies 7 innings while allowing the only two runs of the game and the Rockies offense slugged five home runs as a part of their 12 runs.

The Dodgers did get out to an early lead when Justin Turner hit a two run home run just over the right field wall, but the Rockies retaliated immediately with five first inning runs of their own.

Nolan Arenado broke out of his 40 at-bat homerless slump with a three run shot. Mark Reynolds followed that up two batters later with a two run home run on his 33rd birthday. That would be all the runs the Rockies would need as Anderson settled right in through his next six innings, but it was far from the end of the Rockies offensive outburst.

In the fifth inning, the Rockies got four more runs on two more home runs and another hit by Reynolds. Charlie Blackmon singled to start the inning and scored when DJ LeMahieu hit his career high seventh home run of the year. Cargo followed that up with a solo shot, one of two home runs on the night for him, to give the Rockies a large 8-2 lead. Reynolds earned another RBI with a single to cap the scoring for the inning.

In the sixth the Rockies scored two more on Cargo’s second home run and another run scored on a double play. The inning ended the scoring for the Rockies and gave the Rockies a big boost going into Thursday’s game. The Rox finished with 17 hits and had six different batters have multiple hit days.

A scary moment happened in the seventh when Cargo appeared to roll his ankle, but he was heard later saying that he was fine and that he hoped to play on Thursday to help cap the sweep of the Dodgers. Losing Cargo would be devastating for the Rockies, especially since they lost Story, but he should return and will almost certainly avoid a DL stint.

The Rockies look to end the series on a high note with a sweep, but they will be facing Kenta Maeda. Maeda was pushed back a game and the Rockies have not fared well against him this year, but they are riding high and have a good chance to earn a sweep of the Dodgers.

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