DENVER- Ryan McMahon hit a three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning – his second go-ahead homer in as many nights – and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Saturday night.
McMahon’s drive off reliever J.T. Chargois (2-4) cleared the right field wall just above the out-of-town scoreboard. He hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 5-4 victory over the Dodgers.
Bryan Shaw (4-5) picked up the victory with an inning of scoreless relief for the Rockies, who moved within 1½ games of their NL West rivals. The Dodgers are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the division lead.
The Rockies, who were missing All-Star Nolan Arenado in the starting lineup because of a shoulder injury, were handcuffed most of the night by Walker Buehler, who pitched seven scoreless innings. He struck out six, walked three and benefited from three double plays.
With regular closer Kenley Jansen on the disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat, the Dodgers turned first to Caleb Ferguson, who pitched a hitless eighth. Scott Alexander fanned Carlos Gonzalez to start the ninth and was relieved by Chargois after giving up a double to Trevor Story.
Chargois hit pinch-hitter Arenado with a pitch before getting Ian Desmond to ground into a fielder’s choice for the second out.
That brought up McMahon, who connected on a 1-0 offering, triggering an exuberant celebration around the plate. He tossed his batting helmet in the air and was doused with water and popcorn as he got bear hugs from his teammates.