Yasiel Puig’s pinch-hit HR cements sweep of Rockies, gives LA breathing room

LOS ANGELES — The Scott Oberg market has been bullish for so long, its bubble was bound to burst eventually.

It did so in the most critical moment of the Rockies’ season so far, as Colorado’s most reliable reliever over the past month-plus surrendered a monstrous pinch-hit, three-run homer to Yasiel Puig in Los Angeles’ 5-2, sweep-clinching victory.

With 10 games to play, the tough defeat at Dodger Stadium dropped Colorado to 2½ games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race and kept them 1½ behind the Cardinals for the second wild card with St. Louis’ loss earlier in the day.

The stumbling Colorado offense came out with an edge in the loss, making Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler sweat by loading the bases with no outs in the opening inning.

But the rookie Buehler somewhat limited the damage, as Ian Desmond’s two-out, two-RBI single was the lone critical punch in a 36-pitch frame that could have been much worse for Los Angeles.

Working with a 2-0 lead, Tyler Anderson set the Dodgers down in order in the bottom of the first, but surrendered his 12th home run since Aug. 1 (one behind Jon Gray for the NL lead in that span) to Matt Kemp in the second inning that cut Colorado’s advantage to 2-1.

With his 20th longball of the season, launched in a no-doubt manner 425 feet to left, Kemp continued to be a career Rockies killer. In 178 games against Colorado, the Dodgers outfielder is hitting .314 with 154 RBIs, 45 doubles and 46 home runs.

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