DENVER (AP) — Brandon Barnes hit a tie-breaking two-run triple in the eighth inning, lifting the Colorado Rockies past the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 on Friday night.
Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn homered for the Rockies, who have won their last four games against the Dodgers.
Adrian Gonzalez homered and singled to drive in three runs and Corey Seager hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning for the Dodgers.
Trailing 5-4, the Rockies evened the score on D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Arenado drew a one-out walk in the eighth off Chris Hatcher (2-2) and Mark Reynolds singled up the middle. One out later, Barnes, who entered in the eighth as a defensive replacement for Raburn, tripled off the wall in right-centerfield to drive in his first runs of the season.
Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Jake McGee got three outs for his fourth save in as many opportunities.
The Dodgers jumped on Jon Gray, who was making his 2016 debut after beginning the season on the 15-day disabled list because of an abdominal strain.
Chase Utley led off the first inning with a triple and Seager sent an 0-1 pitch into the stand of evergreens beyond the wall in center field.
One out later, Gonzalez connected for his third homer of the season, sending a 2-2 offering into the second deck above right field.
Gray recovered to strike out a career-best 10 but couldn’t protect a one-run lead, giving up a two-out, two-run single in the fifth to Gonzalez that put the Dodgers back on top 5-4.
The Rockies got a run in the second on Tony Wolters’ bases-loaded forceout and went in front with a three-run fourth behind Arenado’s home run to start the inning and Raburn’s two-run shot, both off Scott Kazmir, who allowed four runs in five innings.
Rockies rookie Trevor Story missed a chance for his ninth home run of the season when his drive in the fifth inning bounced near the top of the newly heightened fence in right center. On top of that, he was thrown out at third on an exceptional one-hop throw from right fielder Yasiel Puig, who corralled the ball barehanded near the warning track and came up firing.
Dodgers: OF Carl Crawford, who is among 12 Dodgers on the DL, has made his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He’s expected to make a couple more appearances with Oklahoma City over the weekend before rejoining the Dodgers on Monday. “That is the plan,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Rockies: C Nick Hundley is expected to be re-examined by team doctors in the next day or two and barring any complications could return from the seven-day concussion DL. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Hundley is “close” to being reinstated.
Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (2-0) has allowed one run over his first three major league starts. He’s facing the Rockies for the first time.
Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood is set for his fourth start of the season but first against the Dodgers since July 13, 2013. He missed the bulk of last season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in July 2014.
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