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It came down to the ninth inning and it was not one that would end stress free for Greg Holland, but after allowing two runs to the Dodgers to make the game a one run affair, Holland was able to get the final out and seal the Rockies tenth victory on the year. Behind another fantastic affair from the bullpen and three home runs on the night, the Rockies have found themselves tied for the best record in the league, with division rival Arizona.
Starting early, the Rockies scored two runs on Nolan Arenado’s first home run on the night, a two-run shot. That would give the Rockies the early 2-0 lead. Trevor Story then hit his second home run of the year in the fourth inning and Arenado followed that up with his second of the night in the fifth to bring the score to 4-1.
The Dodgers would go relatively quietly through the game despite Kyle Freeland walking four and hitting two. Scoring only one run through the first eight innings was definitely what the Rockies needed as when the ninth came around the game would get a little scary.
A walk to start the inning would turn into a mistake as the Dodgers singled twice to score their second run of the game. A near catch by Gerardo Parra in left and a liner just out of the reach of Reynolds glove down the first base line are what scored the first run. Then with one out and two on, Yasiel Puig hit a long fly ball to left that both he and the home announcers thought was out. The home run pimping turned out to just be more of Puig’s fruitless showboating as the ball died short of even the warning track in Parra’s glove.
The Dodgers did score another run in the inning because of the shift when Yasmani Grandal bounced a ball through the left side of the infield. However, Adrian Gonzalez could not win the game for the Dodgers as he bounced an easy grounder to short to close the game.
The runs that Holland allowed were his first of the year, but he still earned his league leading eighth save. The game guarantees the Rockies a split series and gives them the chance to dethrone Kershaw and the Dodgers on Wednesday with a win. They will need Tyler Anderson to step up, but either way this road trip has been a success.