Rox split series behind Valaika’s career day

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Antonio Senzatela was not his sharpest on Sunday, but the Rockies backed him up and the bullpen mostly kept the game in hand. The Dodgers had leads twice early in the game, but after the Rockies scored two in the fourth, they would not regain a lead again. There were five homers in the game, two by the Dodgers and three by the Rockies.

The win gave the Rockies a game and a half lead over the Dodgers in the division and salvaged a home stand with a 6-4 record. A loss would have been detrimental and while there are really no “must win” games this early in the season, this definitely feels like a game that was a really valuable one to take away.

After a two-run shot from Corey Seager in the first, the Rockies retaliated with a three run first inning of their own. Four straight hits earned the Rockies their three runs before ending the inning with a double play and groundout. This was an inning that could have nearly turned into a huge one, but Colorado was certainly happy to score three.

The Dodgers would tie the game in the next inning with a solo shot from Puig and take the lead back in the third after a Grandal RBI single. They would hold the lead for an inning before the Rockies came back and scored two in the fourth.

With a man on, Pat Valaika would hit his first of two home runs on the day, scoring two runs on the bomb to center field. The Rockies would not look back as they would score two more in the fifth on a home run from Nolan Arenado, his ninth of the year.

The Dodgers would threaten late scoring two in the eighth against Jake McGee (though both runs were credited to Adam Ottavino) to bring the score to 7-6. Luckily for the Rockies, Valaika would come up big again with another two-run homer, his first multi-homer game.

Greg Holland would make history in the ninth by setting the consecutive saves record to start a season for the Rockies. He struck out the side, all swinging, to earn his league high 16th save, five more than the next highest person. The win put the Rockies nine games above .500 at a record of 24-15.

The Rockies now head out on an ten game road trip with their first series coming against the surprising Twins. The Rockies have been good on the road so far and will take on some teams that they should beat in the Twins, Phillies, and Reds.

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