DENVER — Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of German Marquez‘s struggles and early injury exit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Trea Turner added a two-run double and Julio Urias pitched into the sixth inning as the Dodgers avoided a three-game sweep against their surprising nemesis. The last-place Rockies had been 4-1 against the NL West leaders.
Marquez (4-6) left with a cut on his thumb with one out in the fourth after allowing five runs and five hits, including Freeman’s 446-foot solo drive to center in the first that extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
It ended an emotional trip for Freeman, who made a tear-filled return to Atlanta, where he played for 12 years.
“Him getting through it and then finishing up this series really well is pretty remarkable,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I guess he just has a unique way of compartmentalizing emotions with performance.”
Rockies manager Bud Black said Marquez was in pain every time he threw a fastball, but doesn’t think the injury will keep him out for an extended period.
“I think he did it in his bullpen (session) a couple days ago,” Black said.
The Dodgers pounced on Colorado’s bullpen. Smith hit his 12th homer, a two-run shot off Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth, to make it 7-1.
Bellinger belted his 10th homer to right through a hard rain with thunder and lighting in the sky in the eighth after the pubic address announcer asked fans to go to the concourse. The game was never stopped, except to work on drying the mound between innings.
Brendan Rodgers hit a solo homer in the eighth, an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. Kris Bryant had two singles in his third game back from injury for the Rockies, who had won seven straight against NL West teams.
Urias (6-6) was sharp through five innings before getting into a jam. He was replaced with one out and was charged with three runs and six hits…