Yasiel Puig‘s incredible month of September got even better on Wednesday night when he slugged a pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning, propelling the Dodgers to a 5-2 win and series sweep over the Rockies. This capped a series where the Dodgers began 1/2 game behind the Rockies but ended the series with a 2 1/2 game lead.
“It was great,” Puig said whose house was broken into on Tuesday. “I didn’t sleep too much yesterday and I came here early and really didn’t work too much, only talking with my teammates. … God blessed me. I didn’t try to hit a home run. I tried to put the ball into the air or do something, just not hit a ground-ball double play [so I can] put us up by a run.”
Puig’s homer came on the heels of another strong performance by Walker Buehler, who was forced to settle for a no-decision. Buehler had a rough first inning, allowing two unearned runs, but he settled in after that, finishing his day with six innings, two unearned runs, three hits, and a career-high twelve strikeouts.
Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on the board in the second inning with a solo home run.
A few innings later, Brian Dozier tied the game with an RBI double.
The Dodgers have a scheduled off-day on Thursday, then they will host the San Diego Padres for the weekend. Rich Hill will open the series against Padres’ lefty, Eric Lauer. Hill has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three starts. Lauer’s season ERA is 4.74. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.