Kyle Freeland continued his excellent pitching at home as he held the Dodgers to a run and the Rockies won 4-2 over the Dodgers. Freeland struck out 8 Dodgers and was rarely in any trouble.
Freeland is now 8-2 at home with a 2.21 ERA in 81⅓ innings at Coors Field this season.
The win put the Rockies 1½ games in front of the Dodgers.
Walker Buehler also pitched six innings but for first time since July 25th, he gave up more than two runs in a start. Buehler gave up four runs and two of his six hits allowed were home runs.
The Rockies scored first on Chris Iannetta’s solo home run. They took a two-run lead when Ian Desmond singled home David Dahl.
Chris Taylor halved the lead with a solo home run in the fifth inning but then the lead was widened on Charlie Blackmon’s two-run homer.
The Dodgers did get the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning. With two outs, Cody Bellinger tripled and Max Muncy doubled him home. But then on a full count, Wade Davis got Yasmani Grandal looking to end the game.
A pair of left-handers take the mound in the series conclusion on Sunday afternoon. Rich Hill (7-5, 3.73 ERA) was moved up to pitch against Tyler Anderson (6-7, 4.80 ERA). First pitch will be at 12:10 p.m. PT, right in the middle of the NFL’s opening Sunday schedule.
Home Runs: Chris Iannetta (10), Chris Taylor (15), Charlie Blackmon (24)
WP: Kyle Freeland (14-7): 6 IP, 1 run, 4 hits 8 strikeouts, 2 walks
LP: Walker Buehler (6-5): 6 IP, 4 runs, 6 hits, 7 strikeouts 1 walk
SV: Wade Davis (39): 1 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts