The Dodgers and Rockies were back at it again Sunday afternoon in a decisive game three. Rich Hill took the mound for Los Angeles, but it was the offense that saved the day.
Adding a few more runs Justin case. pic.twitter.com/H5sTjOtcnk
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 9, 2018
Hill tossed five innings in a very unforgiving Coors Field. He allowed four earned runs, but did strike out seven Rockies. Over his last three starts now, Hill has had it pretty rough. He has allowed 11 earned runs over 11 innings of work for an earned run average of 6.19, but at least he’s only walked one.
Pedro Baez came on in relief and allowed a two-run shot from Nolan Arenado. He finished off the inning by striking out two and a lineout. Caleb Ferguson had a very similar inning of relief to follow up, allowing a solo shot from Charlie Blackmon in the 8th. Kenta Maeda pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Scott Alexander locked down a perfect ninth inning.
Manny Machado got the bats going early in the first with a double in the gap to score Turner from first. David Freese followed up with a base hit of his own to give the Dodgers the early 2-0 lead. Enrique Hernandez sent a solo shot to center in the 2nd, his 20th of the season. Brian Dozier would score in the inning as well on a fielding error in left.
Chris Taylor kept the party going in the 5th with a double to score Kemp. Justin Turner homered in the 6th, and that was his 13th in an injury-shortened year. Turner was the real hero of the game. He went 4 for 5 with two extra-base hits and knocked in two. He also earned a walk, reaching base five times.
The Dodgers are now just a half game out of first place again. The Diamondbacks are crumbling and it looks like the NL West is about to become a two horse race. The Rockies will host Arizona for a four-game series starting tomorrow, and Los Angeles heads to Cincinnati for three games. The Reds are 4-5 in the month of September coming off of a four-game series with San Diego.
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