Matt Kemp's late homer powers Los Angeles Dodgers past Colorado Rockies – The Denver Post
LOS ANGELES — The Rockies were California dreaming of a sweep over the Dodgers on Sunday … until Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig rudely interrupted and brought the Rockies crashing back to reality with a 6-4 defeat.
Kemp’s eighth-inning solo homer to deep center off Adam Ottavino put the Dodgers ahead 5-4. Kemp finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and drove in four runs.
Then Puig took advantage of careless play by Colorado. Joc Pederson ripped an infield single to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who made a great stop but couldn’t quite get the ball out of his glove. Puig, who advanced from second to third on Pederson’s hit, saw LeMahieu’s casual throw to first baseman Ian Desmond and took off for home, just beating Desmond’s throw.
The crowd at Dodger Stadium erupted and the Rockies — who took the first two games of the series with 3-1 victories in both games — were finished. L.A. closer Kenley Jansen sat the Rockies down in order in the ninth for his 22nd save.
Asked if Puig’s mad dash home was a matter of heads-up hustle or the Rockies being caught napping, manager Bud Black said: “DJ slipped, and I think if DJ wanted to do it over again, it would probably be a firmer throw to Desi to get the ball in.”
LeMahieu explained that Puig is one of the few players who would even try to score in that situation.
“I don’t think (we fell asleep),” LeMahieu said. “There’s probably only two guys in the league who are going to take a chance like that, and he’s one of them. I had my eyes on him, and I saw him dancing off third. I thought, ‘All right, I’ll get it to Desi.’ (Puig) just had a really good