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Jun 7, 2014 9:37 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Rockies rally, then walk off vs. Dodgers to snap skid

DENVER -- Brandon Barnes' RBI triple off the wall in right-center with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Rockies a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday and ended the team's season-worst eight-game losing streak.

Justin Morneau singled with one out off Dodgers' reliever Chris Perez (0-3) in the 10th. Michael McKenry struck out before Barnes launched Perez's 0-1 slider just beyond the reach of Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier.

It took until the fifth game of the current 10-game homestand for the Rockies (29-32) to take their first win. The three-game set with the Dodgers concludes Sunday afternoon, followed by four games with the Braves starting Monday.

Rockies right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin produced the best of his seven starts since coming back from a shoulder strain that cost him the season's first month. Chacin held the Dodgers scoreless for his first six innings before letting a possible first win slip away in the seventh, when he gave up a walk and two hits before departing with no outs.

The Rockies' offense, inconsistent of late, managed 11 hits in seven innings against Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, but just four runs. McKenry, who started when Wilin Rosario was scratched because of illness just before the game, singled in a run in the second, and Josh Rutledge and Charlie Blackmon added RBI singles in the fifth.

However, the Rockies' fifth and sixth innings ended with two aboard. Greinke struck out Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson to end the fifth, and Rutledge to end the sixth. Those were half of Greinke's six strikeouts.

Chacin gave up six hits, struck out four, and kept the Dodgers off-balance enough to produce consistently weak contact. However, he walked Matt Kemp and gave up singles to Ethier and Justin Turner, with Turner's producing a run to cut the Rockies' lead to 3-1.

In the seventh, Rockies righty reliever Nick Masset's gave up Tim Federowicz's first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field, on his first pitch, and suddenly the Dodgers led.

The Rockies tied it when Stubbs singled with two out in the bottom of the seventh, and Dickerson singled in the tying run.

Both teams escaped tight situations late.

Rockies reliever Rex Brothers worked an Adrian Gonzalez groundout to end the Dodgers' seventh with two aboard. Kemp tripled off Brothers to open the eighth, but Brothers forced an Ethier grounder, and Adam Ottavino did the same with Turner and Federowicz. Gonzalez grounded out against Franklin Morales (4-4) with two on to end the top of the ninth.

Morales held the Dodgers to one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Dodgers reliever Brandon League forced a groundout from Charlie Culberson with two out and runners at the corners in the eighth.

 

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