Rockies keep Dodgers' celebrations on ice

Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:59pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Colorado Rockies did their part Sunday to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers from celebrating a division title, completing a three-game series sweep with a 12-5 victory.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and had a career-high five RBIs, increasing his major-league leading total to 126.

The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the National League West remained at two after the San Francisco Giants won at Oakland. The Dodgers open a four-game series on Monday at San Francisco.

The Rockies seemed headed for their worst home record ever in a full season after being swept in four games last week by Pittsburgh but the series sweep enabled the Rockies to finish with a 36-45 home record, matching their home mark in 2012.

The Rockies outscored the Dodgers 27-14 in the series.

The Dodgers' inability to turn a double play cost them dearly in the fourth inning.

With one out and the bases loaded, second baseman DJ LeMahieu hit a grounder to third baseman Alex Guerrero. He threw to second baseman Howie Kendrick, whose high throw pulled first baseman Scott Van Slyke off the bag.

Arenado followed with a three-run homer off starter Alex Wood (11-12). Arenado, who singled home a run in the three-run eighth, has 11 home runs and 31 RBIs this month.

Rockies starter Chris Rusin (6-9) worked 5-1/3 innings and left with a runner on first after throwing 100 pitches. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier greeted reliever Gonzalez Germen with a single, putting runners on first and third.   Continued...

Sep 27, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin (52) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies won 12-5. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports