Dodgers’ Offense Returns in Time for Doubleheader Split With Rockies

Dodgers’ Offense Returns in Time for Doubleheader Split With Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach Clayton McCullough, right, congratulates Freddie Freeman after his double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Victor Vodnik in the ninth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader in Denver on Sept. 26, 2023. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)
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Freddie Freeman homered among his two hits, James Outman added four hits and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11–2 to gain a split of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, September 26, in Denver.

Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez each had three hits, and, in addition to Freeman, Kolten Wong and Amed Rosario added two apiece for Los Angeles (97–60). The Dodgers pulled away with a five-run second inning.

Dodgers starter Bobby Miller (11–4) allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out nine in seven innings.

Starting pitcher Bobby Miller (70) of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during Game Two of a Doubleheader at Coors Field in Denver on Sept. 26, 2023. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Starting pitcher Bobby Miller (70) of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during Game Two of a Doubleheader at Coors Field in Denver on Sept. 26, 2023. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Elehuris Montero homered and finished with two hits and Nolan Jones and Charlie Blackmon also had two hits for Colorado (57–100), which won the opener 4–1.

The Dodgers struck first against Rockies starter Ryan Feltner in the second. Muncy, Outman and Hernandez opened the inning with consecutive singles to load the bases. David Peralta hit a two-run single, and Wong’s groundout put runners on second and third.

Rosario singled to first to bring home Hernandez, and Rosario stole second to again put runners on second and third with one out. Peralta and Rosario scored on Chris Taylor’s single to make it 5–0.

Feltner (2–4) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk in three innings. He didn’t record a strikeout.

Los Angeles padded the lead in the fifth. Muncy led off with a single, Outman followed with a single to first and Muncy went to third on a fielding error. Muncy scored on Hernandez’s sacrifice fly, and Outman came home on Wong’s single to make it 7–0.

James Outman (33) of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores on a Kolten Wong RBI single against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning during Game Two of a Doubleheader at Coors Field in Denver on Sept. 26, 2023. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
James Outman (33) of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores on a Kolten Wong RBI single against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning during Game Two of a Doubleheader at Coors Field in Denver on Sept. 26, 2023. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Montero put Colorado on the board when he homered on Miller’s first pitch of the bottom of the fifth, his eighth long ball of the season.

The Dodgers answered in the sixth inning. Taylor led off with a walk and Freeman homered into the Rockies’ bullpen in right center. It was his 27th of the season.

The Rockies made it 9–2 in the bottom of the sixth when Blackmon led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Jones. Los Angeles scored again in the seventh when it loaded the bases with one out and Will Smith’s sacrifice fly scored Wong.

Muncy added an RBI single in the ninth.