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Sports Barnes HR, Jansen bounces back as Dodgers edge Rockies 1-0

09:37  25 july  2021
09:37  25 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Barnes homered early, Kenley Jansen preserved the lead late and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Dave Roberts standing in front of a crowd of people watching a baseball game © Provided by The Canadian Press

Jansen had blown saves against the San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday, but pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in 26 opportunities. The right-hander, who allowed a combined seven runs in one inning his past two outings, issued a two-out walk to Ryan McMahon but got C.J. Cron to chase an 0-2 slider to end the game.

Manager Dave Roberts said he was happy that Jansen came out out of the bullpen to cheers instead of being booed.

Gray, Owings lead Rockies to 3-1 win over punchless Padres

  Gray, Owings lead Rockies to 3-1 win over punchless Padres SAN DIEGO (AP) — There haven't been a lot of big moments for the Colorado Rockies to celebrate this season. On Sunday, there were two. Minutes after the Rockies won Bud Black's 2,000th career game as a manager, Charlie Blackmon draped the purple MVP chain around his skipper's neck. The 3-1 win over Black's former team, the San Diego Padres, also clinched the first road series of the season for the lowly Rockies. Pinch-hitter Chris Owings hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Jon Gray had another strong start for the Rockies, who took two of three and have won five of six overall against the Padres, including a three-game sweep at Coors Field June 14-16.

“I know Kenley fed off of that. For him to close out a one-run game was big for all of us,” Roberts said.

It is the Dodgers’ ninth shutout, which is tied for fifth in the majors. Los Angeles was able to pick up a win despite missing injured outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger along with infielder Max Muncy, who is on paternity leave.

Barnes connected on a slider from Kyle Freeland (1-5) and drove it into the left field stands in the second inning for his fourth homer of the season. Barnes came into the game with a .213 batting average but is 5 for 9 in his last four games.

“I have just been trying to slow it down and see the ball. I got a couple good swings tonight,” he said.

It is the 12th time the Rockies have been blanked this season, which is the most in the majors. Colorado had 12 hits and four home runs in Friday's 9-6 victory in 10 innings, but tied a season low with only two hits.

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“We just never got in a position to get a big hit. We weren’t able to put any pressure on them,” said bench coach Mike Redmond, who is filling in while manager Bud Black is on the COVID-19 list. “They did a nice job pitching. We weren’t able to sustain any type of rally.”

Tony Gonsolin (2-1) allowed only two hits, struck out seven and matched a season-high by going 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen, which had given up nine runs in 9 1/3 innings during the first five games of the homestand, allowed no hits and two walk.

“I was able to get some first-pitch strikes, which was really nice. I didn't fall behind in too many counts,” Gonsolin said.

Barnes' homer was the only blemish on what was a strong outing for Freeland. The right-hander went a season-high seven innings with six strikeouts and gave up five hits.

“Everything was working well. I did a good job of keeping them off balance and getting weak contact,” Freeland said.

Blackmon's 10th inning homer lifts Rockies past Dodgers 6-5

  Blackmon's 10th inning homer lifts Rockies past Dodgers 6-5 DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Colorado Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Trevor Story hit a tying sacrifice fly and Blackmon followed with a drive to right off Phil Bickford (0-1) that gave Colorado the victory in a back-and-forth game. Will Smith, who homered earlier, singled off Mychal Givens (3-2) in the top of the 10th, scoring the automatic runner and putting Los Angeles up 5-4. But the Dodgers, who also blew a lead in the ninth, could not hold on. Their winning streak ended at four, and their eight-game run against the Rockies was also snapped.

STREAKING SINCE THE BREAK

Colorado's Charlie Blackmon had a double in the first inning and has hit safely in all seven games since the All-Star break. The right fielder is 12 for 28 with two home runs and seven RBIs since the break.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: INF Brendan Rodgers (calf) was held out for the second straight game. Redmond said he hoped Rodgers could return to the lineup on Sunday.

Dodgers: Bellinger (left hamstring) took grounders at first base, which could be an option on Sunday since it requires less running compared to the outfield. ... LHP Clayton Kershaw (forearm) threw a bullpen session and will pitch a simulated game on Tuesday in San Francisco. .... RHP Jimmie Sherfy (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the injured list and RHP Mitch White was recalled.

UP NEXT

Dodgers rookie RHP Josiah Gray (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will make his first major league start. He pitched four innings Tuesday against San Francisco and allowed four runs in four innings. Rockies RHP Jon Gray (6-6, 3.68 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his last five starts since coming off the injured list.

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Cabrera's double in 10th lifts D-backs over Dodgers 6-5 .
PHOENIX (AP) — It was far from certain that Asdrúbal Cabrera would be wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform on Friday night. But MLB's trade deadline during the afternoon came and went, and the last-place Diamondbacks didn't deal him to a contender. So the veteran infielder was in the lineup, reached base five times and delivered the game-winning hit. Cabrera's soft, looping double into left field scored Daulton Varsho in the 10th inning and the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. The 35-year-old Cabrera said the at-bat went just like he planned. “I was looking for something I could hit to left field,” Cabrera said.

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