LeMahieu’s RBI sin­gle fin­ishes Philadel­phia

ROCK­IES 4, PHILLIES 3 DJ LeMahieu doesn’t dis­play a lot of emo­tion on the base­ball di­a­mond. So it’s a big deal when he pumps his f ist and claps his hands.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders The Den­ver Post

The all-star sec­ond base­man scooted an RBI sin­gle through the right side of the in­field in the eighth in­ning Fri­day night to score Pat Valaika and lift the Rock­ies to a 4-3 vic­tory over Philadel­phia. It was Colorado’s third one-run vic­tory in its last four games at Coors Field.

LeMahieu’s patented op­po­site-field hit, com­ing af­ter the Phillies in­ten­tion­ally walked Char­lie Black­mon, tagged a happy end­ing on a dif­fi­cult night that saw rookie left-han­der Kyle Free­land leave the game in the first in­ning with an ap­par­ent groin in­jury.

Nolan Are­nado — who else? — tied the game 3-3 with a one-out, solo homer in the sev­enth off Ri­cardo Pinto. The 433-foot blast was Are­nado’s 25th of the sea­son It was his big-league best 65th ex­tra-base hit.

Closer Greg Hol­land notched his 34th save in 35 chances with a per­fect ninth. It’s the most saves for the Rock­ies since Hus­ton Street had 35 in 2009, the last time the Rock­ies made the play­offs.

Free­land was fac­ing Aaron Altherr, the third bat­ter of the game, and had thrown only 11 pitches (10 for strikes) when he abruptly stopped pitch­ing. Catcher Jonathan Lu­croy im­me­di­ately went out to the

mound, as did man­ager Bud Black, as­sis­tant trainer Scott Ge­hert and pitch­ing coach Steve Fos­ter. Af­ter throw­ing a pitch, it was quickly de­ter­mined that Free­land could not con­tinue and he was re­placed by Chris Rusin.

Free­land, who ap­peared to be in some pain, mo­tioned to his left groin while he talked to Black and Ge­hert. Later, Free­land could be seen limp­ing in the Rock­ies’ dugout.

Free­land, a Den­ver na­tive and grad­u­ate of Thomas Jef­fer­son High School, is 11-7 with a 3.70 ERA. His 11 vic­to­ries are the most among all ma­jor-league rook­ies this sea­son. If he’s out for any length of time, it will throw a wrench into the Rock­ies’ start­ing ro­ta­tion.

Rusin, the Rock­ies’ Swiss Army knife out of the pen, ran into big trou­ble in the sec­ond, giv­ing up three con­sec­u­tive sin­gles to load the bases be­fore whiff­ing Cameron Rupp, in­duc­ing Phillies starter Vince Ve­lasquez to pop out to sec­ond and get­ting Ce­sar Her­nan­dez to roll out to sec­ond. In 3L in­nings, Rusin struck out five.

The Rock­ies took a 2-0 lead in the first in­ning off the bat of Car­los Gon­za­les. Colorado loaded the bases with walks by Black­mon, Ger­ardo Parra and Mark Reynolds off Phillies starter Vince Ve­lasquez. Then Gon­za­lez, who has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, ripped a two-run sin­gle to right-cen­ter.

Philadel­phia tied the game 2-2 in the sixth off An­to­nio Sen­za­tela. Altherr led off with a sin­gle and scored on Nick Williams’ dou­ble to right cen­ter. Williams scored on Maikel Franco’s triple to right. He should have been held to a dou­ble, but Gon­za­lez whiffed on the bounc­ing ball, al­low­ing Franco to reach third. Oberg re­lieved Sen­za­tela and got pinch-hit­ter Hyun Soo Kim to ground­out to end the rally.

Matthew Stockman, Getty Im­ages

Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu hits an RBI sin­gle in the eighth in­ning against Philadel­phia at Coors Field on Fri­day night, putting the Rock­ies up 4-3.

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