Valaika homers just in time for Rox

Another game, another missing offense, but fortunately, the Rockies needed only three runs to pull out a win against the Royals. It took great starting and bullpen pitching, and a comeback from Greg Holland after losing on a walk-off three-run shot the night before, but the Rockies got everything they needed to win the game and avoid the sweep.

German Marquez was good against the Royals, allowing his only two runs on two solo homers. In six innings of work Marquez gave up eight hits while walking two and striking out two. He got a couple of key double plays behind him that really saved him when there was traffic. He pitched much like Senzatela did the night before and got about the save offensive support.

The Rockies got a run in the sixth to score their first run of the day. Raimel Tapia singled to left field to score the run, before Trevor Story grounded into a double play to end the inning and threat.

In the eighth inning, the Rockies got their most clutch hit of the series. With two outs and one on, Patty Barrels launched a home run to left field to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. It came just in the nick of the time as the Rockies were looking for just about anything to drive the offense. It gave the bullpen a chance to take the win, the very same chance they had the night before.

As opposed to Wednesday night, Greg Holland came out and worked a perfect ninth inning to earn the save. It is hard to say if he was just on or if he is going to get back on track, but regardless, it was great to see.

The Rockies will head to Atlanta to end their road trip before coming home and facing their last non-NL West team in the Detroit Tigers. The Rockies are about to enter a stretch of games that has more importance than any stretch since 2010, the year in which they last finished with an above .500 record. They are almost guaranteed to finish with their best record since 2010, but crazy things have happened.

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