The Colorado Rockies won’t be in the playoffs this year, but they’re determined to make an impact on the postseason hunt.
The Rockies look to continue playing spoiler as they conclude a three-game series with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field.
The Rockies pounded the Dodgers 8-1 on Saturday for their ninth win in 17 games since an eight-game losing streak. Colorado is 21 games behind Los Angeles in the West, but eight of its last nine wins have come against division rivals vying for a spot in the playoffs.
“These kinds of games you need to have when you’re working with young players,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “You’re still involved, and there’s a lot riding within the division, and you want your guys to go out and show up good. We lost the game last night, and we showed up well today.”
The Dodgers rallied from a five-run deficit Friday to beat the Rockies 8-6 in 10 innings, but used 23 players, including seven pitchers. Second-place San Francisco lost 5-1 to San Diego on Saturday, keeping Los Angeles 2 1/2 games ahead in the division
Todd Helton went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI for the Rockies, who had 16 hits. Helton has gone 7-for-9 since an 0-for-11 slump.
Jose Hernandez homered and doubled for the Dodgers, who have lost five of their last seven. Los Angeles led the division by six games just one week ago.