Dodgers rally in ninth to beat Rockies, 10-7
DENVER — Max Muncy kept Los Angeles in the game with a pair of long balls and Justin Turner put the Dodgers over the top with a squibbler in the infield.
“Nice safety squeeze, huh? Good call by Doc,” Turner joked, referring to manager Dave Roberts.
Turner’s dribbler down the first-base line in the top of the ninth drove in Logan Forsythe from third to break a tie, and Los Angeles beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 on Sunday.
Max Muncy homered twice, Yasmani Grandal also went deep in a three-run ninth inning for the Dodgers, whose bullpen came up big again to hand Colorado its fourth straight loss.
Dodgers relievers got the win in all three games over the weekend, and Kenley Jansen saved two.
“I’m happy the bullpen threw so well,” said starter Alex Wood, who pitched only two innings on Sunday. “Not just today but the whole weekend.”
The Dodgers rallied from five down to sweep the three-game series at Coors Field. Los Angeles had runners at second and third in the ninth against Wade Davis and took the lead on Turner’s slow roller to Davis (0-1). He tagged Turner but had no time to throw home as Forsythe scored to make it 8-7.
“Turner fought off some very good pitches and ultimately hit a ball 40 feet,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Grandal followed with his ninth homer.
Tony Cingrani (1-2) got the win with an inning of relief and Jansen pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
Ian Desmond homered and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who lost catcher Chris Iannetta with a leg injury suffered on a foul ball by Chris Taylor in the ninth inning. Iannetta said he is fine.
“I wasn’t in a lot of pain, I just couldn’t react,” Iannetta said. “I tried to block a ball and I felt really slow and it wasn’t getting any better.”
Tony Wolters replaced him during Turner’s at-bat.
Desmond drove in three runs with a homer — his 10th — in the first, and a bases loaded walk in the second off Wood to stake Colorado to a 6-1 lead.
Muncy, who homered to left field in the second inning, capped an 11-pitch at-bat in the third by hitting Chad Bettis’ slider into the seats in right to make it 6-4. It was the first multihomer game of his career.
The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh. A single from Forsythe off reliever Scott Oberg made it 6-5, and then shortstop Trevor Story’s two-run throwing error on a grounder by Breyvic Valera gave L.A. a 7-6 lead.
Two L.A. errors in the seventh allowed the Rockies to tie it.
Rockies: LHP Jake McGee (shin contusion) pitched a clean eighth inning after not being used in the first two games of the series.
Muncy fell behind 1-2 in his at-bat in the third inning but fouled off five straight pitches before Bettis served up the home run ball.
“It was one of those at-bats where I felt extremely locked in,” Muncy said. “I wasn’t thinking about anything at all. It was a big moment for us, kind of got us back in the game there.”
Bettis was one pitch from getting out of the inning without allowing a run when Muncy came through.
“It was a tough at-bat. He grinded it out,” Bettis said. “He saw every pitch I had and he caught up with one.
Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (3-1, 1.68) will open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Stripling is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three games – one start – in his career against the Pirates.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (5-5, 3.43) takes the mound in the first of a three-game series at Cincinnati on Tuesday. Freeland hit is only career home run at Great American Ballpark on May 21, 2017.
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