Colorado Rockies left-handers Kyle Freeland works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning on Saturday night at Coors Field. (Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Every game is big this time of year.
Kyle Freeland came up absolutely huge for the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Freeland went six innings and gave up one run on four hits while walking only two batters and striking out eight while leading the Rockies to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies gave Freeland some early run support. Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run to right field to get the Rockies on the scoreboard first, 1-0, in the third inning.
An inning later, after David Dahl legged out a hustle-double, Ian Desmond brought Dahl home to make it 2-0.
Chris Taylor of the Dodgers hit a home run in the fifth to make it 2-1 but the Rockies answered in the bottom half of the inning.
With Iannetta on base, Charlie Blackmon blasted a 442 foot home run to the second deck in right field and it was 4-1 Rockies.
Freeland got the win to raise his record to 14-7. Wade Davis pitched the ninth to get his 39th save of the season.
The Rockies will go for the series win on Sunday. Coverage of the Rockies and Dodgers starts with Rockies Q&A at 12:05 p.m. MDT on KOA NewsRadio 850 AM and 94.1 FM.
The win gives the Rockies a game-and-a-half lead over the Dodgers in the N.L. West. the Diamondbacks are now two-and-a-half games out after they lost to the Braves 5-4 in 10 innings at Chase Field.
Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson threw out D'backs infielder Nick Ahmed at the plate to end the game.
Here are the updated N.L. West standings after Saturday night's games.
Here are the KOA NewsRadio highlights from the Rockies win over the Dodgers on Saturday.
After Saturday's win, KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Rockies Jerry Schemmel spoke with outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
Postgame comments from Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland.
Postgame comments from Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta.
Postgame comments from Rockies manager Bud Black.