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Pujols delivers single in 10th, Dodgers beat Rockies 5-4

Wed Sep 22 1:27am ET
By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, left, congratulates pinch-hitter Albert Pujols as he returns to the dugout after hitting an RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers pinch-hitter Albert Pujols gestures to the dugout after hitting an RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers pinch-hitter Albert Pujols heads up the first-base line after hitting an RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers pinch-hitter Albert Pujols follows the flight of his RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jhoulys Chacin in the 10th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen works against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Injured Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger, left, looks on with first base coach Clayton McCullough in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Julio Urias follows the flight of his RBI-single in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela reacts after getting Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager to fly out to end the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts follows the flight of his RBI-single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner bobbles a ground ball that was ruled a single off the bat of Colorado Rockies' Garrett Hampson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Albert Pujols warms up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


DENVER (AP) Pinch-hitter Albert Pujols drew on his vast baseball wisdom to get that clutch hit. Once he reached first base, he celebrated like a kid.

Pennant chases will do that.

Pujols drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a rare off night by major league wins leader Julio Urias to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Tuesday.

''At the end of the day, you have to have fun,'' the 41-year-old Pujols said. ''You have to show your emotion and what you feel about it.''

Pujols tapped his head and waved his hands in celebration. He may have even received a beer shower from teammates following the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts cracked.

''Shows how much guys respect and adore him,'' Roberts said.

And how important that hit was, too.

The Dodgers have won nine of their last 10 to remain on the heels of San Francisco in the NL West. Los Angeles, which has already clinched a playoff spot, entered the day a game back of the Giants, who played late in San Diego.

Pujols said he can smell when it's getting close to his time and begins preparing. Warmed up in the cool weather, he stepped into the box and lined a slider from Jhoulys Chacin (3-2) past diving second baseman Brendan Rodgers. It brought home Gavin Lux, who began at second base under baseball's extra-innings rule.

Pujols was loudly cheered by the large cluster of Dodgers fans at Coors Field.

It marked the second time in Pujols' career he had a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI in extra innings. He also had a homer at Pittsburgh on Sept. 5, 2009.

Kenley Jansen (3-4) pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the ninth to earn the win. Brusdar Graterol got two outs in the 10th before giving way to Alex Vesia, who picked up save No. 1 by getting Colton Welker to fly out.

Urias, the major league leader with 18 wins, surrendered seven hits and four runs over six innings in a no-decision. He hasn't lost a game since June 21.

The left-hander figures to have two more starts to reach the 20-win mark, which would make him the fourth Mexican-born pitcher to accomplish the feat in a season. He would join Dodgers standout Fernando Valenzuela (1986), along with Teddy Higuera (1986) and Esteban Loiaza (2003).

''Reaching 20 wins would be a dream come true and obviously something I'm striving for,'' said Urias, who contributed an RBI single.

Asked if all the innings this season may be wearing on him, Urias responded: ''I feel strong. I feel good.''

Antonio Senzatela started well for Colorado before wearing down. The right-hander ended up allowing four runs and seven hits over six innings. It put an end to his string of seven straight quality starts.

C.J. Cron had a productive night with a pair of RBI doubles and a single.

''It was a tough game - wish we could have pulled it out,'' Cron said. ''We've been doing a good job of pulling out those type of games. We let that one slip.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger was placed on the injured list with a left rib fracture. OF Luke Raley was recalled and started in right. ... The Dodgers plan to activate OF AJ Pollock (strained right hamstring) Thursday.

Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (recovery from Tommy John surgery) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch again this week, although it hasn't been determined if it will be with the Rockies or in Triple-A. ... INF/OF Connor Joe (hamstring) may not be back this season.

SPOILERS

The Rockies are trying to slip into the role of division spoilers. Following a three-game series with Los Angeles, they host San Francisco for three more.

''I want our guys to feel part of this race in some way, which we are,'' Rockies manager Bud Black explained. ''We impact it.''

SMOOTH SLIDE

Dodgers 2B Trea Turner had another smooth slide into home plate after scoring on an RBI double from Max Muncy in the sixth. A similar slide by Turner last month became a big hit on social media.

WALKER'S DAY

Larry Walker's Hall of Fame plaque will be displayed Saturday at Coors Field. The team will also retire his No. 33 in a ceremony.

UP NEXT

A matchup of All-Star pitchers Wednesday with the Dodgers sending righty Walker Buehler (14-4, 2.39) to the mound and the Rockies throwing right-hander German Marquez (12-10, 4.16).

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