Mookie Betts saved the day for the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night, connecting on a Jake McGee pitch for a three-run dong in the 8th. The go-ahead shot gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead over the Colorado Rockies, with Kenley Jansen shutting the door in the 9th.
Down 3-1 after Julio Urias and Joe Kelly allowed three runs through the first seven innings, the Dodgers cashed in two walks from Wade Davis a night after struggling to take advantage of the Rockies wild pitching.
Hitting for Adam Kolarek, Gavin Lux drew a walk to get the rally started. Justin Turner followed with a walk of his own to put two on with one out in the 8th before Dave “Robots” Roberts elected to send A.J. Pollock to the plate in place of Corey Seager. After Pollock left both men on base, Betts stepped in and came away with his first hit of the night and the Dodgers’ first lead of the game.
The Rockies struck first after Nolan Arenado came around to score after leading off the second with a double. A solo shot by Garrett Hampson off of Urias extended Colorado’s lead to 2-0 in the sixth. Finishing out the inning, Urias ended his season debut with 6 IP, 4 Ks, 3 Hs and 1 BB on just 76 pitches. Kelly ran into a bit of trouble in the 7th, walking two and allowing a run-scoring single to Tony Wolters.
Kolarek worked out of Kelly’s jam before throwing a clean 8th before Jansen earned the save while allowing a hit in the 9th.
“If you ever get this game figured out,” said Colorado manager Bud Black, “Let me know.“
Davis and McGee’s struggles spoiled a strong start by German Marquez, who finished the night with 7 IP, 5 Ks and 4 Hs allowed. The only blemish was Turner’s RBI single to score Joc Pederson in the 6th.