As he rounded first base
01-29-2019, 08:29 AM,
As he rounded first base
DENVER (AP) — Chris Iannetta Jersey , Ryan McMahon turned back toward his teammates in the dugout, hollered and emphatically clapped twice.It was just the emotion shining through.McMahon hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning after replacing injured slugger Nolan Arenado , Colorado’s beleaguered bullpen kept the Dodgers in check and the Rockies beat Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 on Friday night.McMahon entered the game in the fifth when Arenado was taken out with soreness in his right shoulder. The left-handed McMahon lined a fastball from left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup (0-1) to straightaway center and heartily celebrated as he rounded first.“I was really pumped up,” McMahon said. “We needed that one.”McMahon’s homer overcame a rough night on the bases for the Rockies, who had two runners thrown out at home trying to score on grounders. Running on contact, Carlos Gonzalez was easily thrown out in the first and Trevor Story in the third.It was a rough night at the plate as well — the Rockies were 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position.But the bullpen was lights out a night after giving up five homers and seven runs. The relievers went a combined 3 1/3 scoreless innings after starter Jon Gray left, with Jake McGee (2-4) picking up the win and Adam Ottavino closing out the ninth instead of a struggling Wade Davis. It was Ottavino’s fifth save.“For them to go out there and not give up anything … that was incredible,” said Gray, who allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. “So hopefully that next step gets taken and we go off from here.”DJ LeMahieu had a two-run homer in the first to help the Rockies snap a six-game skid against the Dodgers at Coors Field. It was his first homer since June 28.There was reason for a degree of concern with the durable Arenado leaving the game. The Gold Glove third baseman has been bothered by a sore shoulder for a week and tweaked it while turning a double play in the third inning. He was covering second base on a play that was scored 3-5-3.“After it, I had trouble throwing,” said Arenado , who hopes to be back in the lineup Saturday. “It hurt too much to let it fly after that.”McMahon replaced Arenado at third base and hit his first homer since June 20.“It was Mac’s night to give us a big swing,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.Max Muncy had two doubles and a two-run homer for the Dodgers, while Cody Bellinger added three singles. Los Angeles remains in a first-place tie with Arizona in the NL West.Kenta Maeda went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs before running out of steam and was replaced by Rosscup, a reliever Los Angeles claimed off waivers from Colorado on July 11.“I think all my pitches were average today,” Maeda said through a translator. “Nothing really stood out per se.”TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: Closer Kenley Jansen was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday because of an irregular heartbeat. MGR Dave Roberts didn’t have a timetable for his return.Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn (left shoulder joint inflammation) tossed a recent bullpen session. … RHP Antonio Senzatela (shoulder) threw on the side Friday and “feels good,” manager Bud Black said.FAMILIAR FOEMcMahon said he faced Rosscup during a live batting practice a few months ago when both were with Colorado.The result?“I hit a home run against him in live BP,” McMahon said.TO THE BULLPEN?In Jansen’s absence, Roberts said moving Maeda to bullpen remains a possibility. Maeda hasn’t discussed that with his manager yet.“It’s hard to say until we have that conversation,” Maeda said.ROCKIN’ IN THE CAGESinger Chris Stapleton took batting practice off Black before the game. Clayton Kershaw, Ian Desmond and Charlie Blackmon stood around the cage to watch.Stapleton hit a sharp single to left on his first pitch and then got jammed on the next two pitches before calling it a day. Asked if he hit any homers, Stapleton responded: “An inside the park one.”He played at the Pepsi Center on Friday.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (5-4 , 3.63 ERA) faced the Rockies on June 2 at Coors Field, giving up four runs in five innings.Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (10-7, 3.04 ERA) is 7-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 10 starts at Coors Field this season. NEW YORK (AP) — This is exactly what the New York Yankees were hoping for when they added J.A. Happ.The veteran left-hander permitted just one soft single in seven shutout innings to win his third start in a row, pitching the Yankees past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 on Tuesday night.“It was a clinic,” manager Aaron Boone said.Austin Romine hit a two-run homer as New York (75-44) equaled its season high at 31 games above .500 and improved to 7-2 since getting swept in four games at Boston. Still, the AL wild-card leaders remained 10 games behind the runaway Red Sox in the AL East despite having the second-best record in the majors.Aaron Hicks had an early RBI single for the Yankees, who won for the 14th time in 17 home games against Tampa Bay over the past two seasons. Miguel Andujar and slumping Greg Bird contributed consecutive two-out doubles in the eighth to make it 4-1.Happ (13-6) struck out four and walked four, throwing 71 of 106 pitches for strikes. He was helped by a double play and a caught stealing, but the only hit off him was a flyball by C.J. Cron that fell in front of left fielder Brett Gardner in the fourth. Happ retired Carlos Gomez on a line drive to first base with two on to end the inning and was never threatened after that.“He’s a fastball pitcher. There’s no secret to what he’s trying to do. He’s coming at you,” Romine said. “I didn’t see too many comfortable at-bats, which is always a good sign.”Happ is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three outings — all at Yankee Stadium — since New York acquired him from Toronto in a July 26 trade. He missed one turn because of hand Miguel Cabrera Jersey , foot and mouth disease.“We just couldn’t make the adjustment to the fastball,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He had it really going tonight.”Happ is 7-1 in 11 career starts in the Bronx and has won each of his past six (three for the Blue Jays), with a 2.29 ERA during that span.“It’s motivating to pitch in Yankee Stadium. It’s motivating to be on this team, be in a pennant race,” he said. “Heck, yeah. This is fun.”Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman completed a crisp three-hitter that took just 2 hours, 32 minutes, following a 21-minute rain delay at the start. Shaking off some recent struggles, Chapman worked a one-hit ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.Willy Adames homered for the Rays on Betances’ first pitch in the eighth.After a costly error by Adames in the first, Hicks blooped a run-scoring single over a drawn-in infield against Tampa Bay opener Hunter Wood (0-1).Romine, batting ninth Alan Trammell Jersey , curled an opposite-field homer inside the right-field foul pole off Jalen Beeks on the first pitch following a leadoff walk to Neil Walker in the fifth.“I was willing it to stay fair,” Romine said.Filling in for injured slugger Gary Sanchez behind the plate, Romine has eight home runs in 182 at-bats this year after totaling seven in 563 at-bats over his previous six major league seasons.ENCOURAGING SIGNSBeeks was a bright spot for the Rays, striking out eight on a career-high 93 pitches in five effective innings. He retired his first nine batters, fanning six in a row and seven of eight. The 25-year-old lefty was obtained from Boston in a July 25 trade for Nathan Eovaldi. “I think there’s more confidence. There’s more comfort in these outings and it’ll continue to go that way as he gets more reps,” Cash said.THE MACHINEBetances fanned his second batter to give him at least one strikeout in 29 straight relief appearances, setting a record for the longest streak in Yankees history.HOME SWEET HOMENew York leads the season series 7-6, and the home team is 11-2. The Yankees have won their last 12 series at home against Tampa Bay, dating to September 2014.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: OF Tommy Pham (broken right foot) rejoined the team and will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Hudson Valley that could last just a day or two, Cash said. … RHP Chaz Roe (left knee) was reinstated from the disabled list. He had been sidelined since early July.Yankees: CC Sabathia said he had his troublesome right knee drained Monday for the second time this season. He also received another lubricant injection, but said the swelling is gone and he’ll probably try to play catch Wednesday. The 38-year-old lefty , placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, thinks he’ll only miss one turn. … C Gary Sanchez (groin) will probably go to Florida this weekend. He could begin a rehab assignment next week in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Boone said.UP NEXTRays: RHP Jake Faria (4-3, 4.97 ERA) makes his 11th start of the season Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. “He’s built up. I think he can probably go four or five innings. We’ll see how efficient he is,” Cash said. “It’s been probably a pretty trying season for him and he knows that there’s some time left here to kind of fix some things, make some adjustment and finish strong.”Yankees: RHP Luis Cessa (1-2, 4.50) will be recalled from the minors to make a spot start in the middle game of the series.
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