DENVER (AP) — Brandon Barnes entered the game late as a defensive replacement. He had plenty of time, as it turned out, to make the difference.
Barnes hit a winning triple off the center-field wall in the 10th inning and the Colorado Rockies snapped an eight-game losing streak, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 Saturday.
"I didn't think I got it as good as I did, but I stayed through it enough to get it out there," said Barnes, who entered in the eighth inning. "I was ecstatic and I was happy for the team. We broke through that little rut we were in and hopefully this picks us up and gets us going."
The defeat capped a tough day for the Dodgers, who saw outfielder Yasiel Puig and second baseman Dee Gordon leave early because of injuries.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's hopeful that neither Gordon nor Puig will miss much time.
"I couldn't answer that right now," Mattingly said. "The fact that there's no further tests scheduled at this point leads me to believe, at least hopefully, that these are day-to-day issues and not long-term issues."
Gordon left in the fourth inning because of discomfort in his right hip. He was optimistic that he wouldn't be out long after receiving treatment.
"It feels way better now after doing some stuff for it," Gordon said.
Puig was out with a strained right hip flexor. He walked in the fifth, slid hard into second on a double-play grounder and didn't take the field in the bottom half.
"I was trying to break up the double play, and I felt a little something that was stretching my leg," Puig said through a translator. "The medical staff wanted me to come out to get some treatment and hopefully it's not that big of an issue."
Chris Perez (0-3) allowed a one-out single to Justin Morneau in the 10th. He fanned Michael McKenry before Barnes hit a deep drive to end it.
Franklin Morales (4-4) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings.
"I made my pitches, got the ball where it was supposed to go and got the hitters out," Morales said. "We'll take this. We had a bad stretch, lost eight in a row, and however it happened, we'll take this."
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