McMahon’s clutch blast holds up as Rockies ‘pen slams the door

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DENVER - One night after one of their worst games as a collective, the Colorado Rockies bullpen allowed just two hits and did not give up a run, backing up a decent outing from Jon Gray and making sure a clutch home run from rookie Ryan McMahon would hold up as the game-winner over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies take the second game of the set by a score of 5-4.

The scoring got started, as it so often does against the Rockies, in the top of the first. Justin Turner sliced a one-out double down the right-field line and came in to score on a Yasmani Grandal jam-shot single to center. Cody Bellinger managed a soft single with two outs but Gray struck out Chris Taylor to leave a pair of runners aboard and limit the first-inning damage.

The Rockies responded right away, getting a leadoff single from Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the first, lining one back up the middle. He was able to trot around the bases with ease when DJ LeMahieu made sure that his struggles on Thursday to find the right space with line drives would not be an issue, smashing one into the Rockies dugout for a two-run, go-ahead home run.

It was LeMahieu's ninth homer of the year.

Carlos Gonzalez followed that with a triple into the right-center field gap, giving the Rockies a great opportunity to score another early run. But he took off for home when Nolan Arenado hit a grounder to third and was thrown out at the plate by Justin Turner.

The Rockies did manage to add in the third after a CarGo walk and a one-out double from Trevor Story. In a near-mirror image of a play in which Gonzalez scored in the first game of the series, he raced from first to home, needing to slide this time. That allowed Story to reach third, again presenting an opportunity to add.

But again, on a grounder to the right side this time, from David Dahl, Story was just barely thrown out at home; the second run taken off the board for Colorado in three innings.

Those missed chances bit with an extra sting in the top of the fourth when Bellinger singled against Gray again and Max Muncy found the first especially hard contact against the Rockies starter all game, smashing a hung slider over the high wall in right-center to tie the game at three runs apiece.

Arenado was removed from the game at this point with an apparent shoulder issue, replaced at third by Ryan McMahon.

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