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Behind Sam Hilliard and C.J. Cron, Rockies outmuscle Dodgers for win at Coors Field

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Behind Sam Hilliard and C.J. Cron, Rockies outmuscle Dodgers for win at Coors Field

The Los Angeles Dodgers have pretty much owned the Rockies. But not Wednesday night at Coors Field.

The Rockies’ potent home-field offense cranked out 12 hits in a 10-5 win, including mammoth homers by Brendan Rodgers and Sam Hilliard and a 4-for-5 night by C.J. Cron.

And on a night when starting pitching faltered on both sides, the Rockies’ bullpen delivered. Robert Stephenson, Jordan Sheffield, Tyler Kinley, Daniel Bard and Lucas Gilbreath combined for five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and walking none.

“That was one of our better bullpen games, for sure,” manager Bud Black said. “Part of our second-half success, when we win, is the bullpen. The bullpen has straightened out for the most part over the last couple of months.”

Hilliard’s three-run, 438-foot homer to center in the seventh off of lefty reliever Alex Vesia put an exclamation point on the victory and put a dent in L.A.’s National League West title hopes. It was Hilliard’s 12th homer of the season and his 10th in 51 games since his recall on July 16.

L.A. entered the game 12-5 against the Rockies this season and 19-8 in its last 27 games against them since the start of 2020. But the Rockies outmuscled them Wednesday night.

The Dodgers (97-55) entered the night trailing San Francisco by one game in the NL West. The Giants were playing at San Diego in a late game.

The game promised to be a showcase for the two starters. But neither Dodgers’ right-hander Walker Buehler, nor Colorado righty German Marquez stuck around for very long.

Buehler, a candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, was gone after 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, including a solo homer to Rodgers.

Marquez, a first-time all-star, didn’t fare any better. In four-plus innings, he was charged with five runs on six hits, including a two-run homer to Luke Raley in the fourth. The right fielder crushed Marquez’s first-pitch fastball 472 feet into the center-field seats. Marquez, who struggled for his second start in a row, uncorked two wild pitches and walked four.

In his first two starts at Coors Field this season, Buehler dominated Colorado, posting a 2.77 ERA. And he was in command early on Wednesday night.

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