Rockies open up against Rockies, sweep Colorado

COVINGTON, Colo.

— Rockies third baseman Josh Rutledge was the best player on the field Friday night, and that meant that his teammates didn’t have much to say.

It also meant that he got to say some things that were not always appreciated by his teammates.

Rutledge, a third baseman in the majors, hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, tying the game after Colorado went up 4-2 in the eighth on an RBI single from shortstop Jose De Leon.

The Rockies (34-27) were without left-hander Brad Hand (right thumb surgery) and left-handed reliever Sean Manaea (right forearm surgery).

With Rutledge batting in the leadoff spot, they could have easily kept their lead intact and moved to tie it at 5-5.

But Rutledge didn’t want to give up.

“It’s been a tough year,” Rutledge said.

“I feel like I’ve been here a long time.

I feel like there’s a lot of good guys on this team, and I’m just thankful that we’ve been able to play a long season.”

Rutledge hit his fifth home run of the season and tied the franchise record with 11 RBIs.

He was the Rockies’ third baseman with two homers in the last six games.

The last time the Rockies had 11 RBI in the same span was May 29, 2009.

Manaea allowed a run in his last four starts.

Manaeusa pitched six scoreless innings and allowed two hits, two walks and one hit by pitch.

The two Rockies’ pitchers combined for two wins.

The Colorado Rockies were on the road for the first time since April 2, 2019, when they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2.

It was their first home game at Coors Field since May 22, 2002.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have some success, but we haven’t had a lot,” Colorado coach Craig Counsell said.

The team’s other three players had home runs and five RBIs Friday night.

Rutland, the Rockies fifth starter, allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in five innings of work.

He had a season-high four strikeouts.

“He had a pretty good start, but obviously the bullpen was kind of struggling,” Manager Bud Black said.

That was because the bullpen had been dealing with some issues.

Manakas was pulled after two innings after allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks.

Manaces last start was April 3, when he allowed a season high six runs on 10 hits and a walk.

The Dodgers went to the bullpen to get Manak as they were still in the playoffs.

The bullpen struggled for much of the second half.

It allowed five runs in the first four innings and had just two hits.

In the seventh, Manakis first pitch was a two to the right side.

“That’s one of the worst pitches you could see in a game, especially in a close game,” Manaea said.

He got a walk, and Manakes second pitch was another two-strike slider.

“The last inning, I couldn’t believe how hard it was to hit,” Manakies starter said.

Manacee struck out five and walked two.

He said he’s trying to get used to being on the mound.

“If you want to have a good, consistent season, you’ve got to be out there every day,” Manacees manager said.

Black said he hopes Manakie can help the bullpen out.

“Right now, he’s just kind of in the hole,” Black said, “with his command, and it’s not necessarily a good enough command to pitch every day.”

The Dodgers have won five of their last six road games.

Manakuis last start came April 5, when the Dodgers were swept by the Colorado Rockies.

He allowed two earned runs on five hits in three innings.