(Colo.)- Playoff-Chasing Rockies Homer 4 Times To Beat Dodgers 9-1
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit the first of Colorado's four homers, Chad Bettis picked up his second win since his return from testicular cancer and the Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 on Friday night to remain on the verge of clinching their first postseason spot since 2009.
The Rockies have two games remaining and hold a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot. The Brewers beat St. Louis 5-3 to stay in the picture.
A capacity crowd turned out hoping to see a clinch. Instead, fans got fireworks — during the game and after.
Arenado hit a solo homer, while Mark Reynolds, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story added two-run shots. All four came with the count full.
Bettis (2-4) allowed one run over seven innings, retiring the final 14 batters he faced.
This was the latest chapter of Bettis' feel-good story back to the majors. He underwent surgery last November, went through treatments during the spring and into the season before returning to the rotation in August.
Blackmon set a major league record for most RBIs in a season by a leadoff man with his homer in the second. The outfielder with the mullet and bushy beard also added an RBI single and has 102 RBIs from the top spot in the lineup. Blackmon topped Darin Erstad for the mark. Erstad had 100 RBIs from the leadoff spot in 2000 for the Angels.
Los Angeles lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-9) allowed five runs over two innings. It was his shortest outing this season.
The Dodgers remain at 102 wins. That's tied with the 1962 and '74 teams for the best mark in L.A. Dodgers history.
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