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The Rockies finally gave Kyle Freeland some help.
The starting southpaw’s run support came in bunches in a 13-6 victory at Coors Field on Tuesday to open a three-game homestand against the Cubs. Elias Diaz blasted a grand slam and Sam Hilliard ripped a three-run bomb.
Freeland allowed just two earned runs on four hits. But he left the game after five innings with a left foot contusion.
Freeland entered the night with four straight losses despite allowing eight total runs across 24 innings. Infielder Ryan McMahon — after consecutive 1-0 and 3-0 Freeland defeats — said he sent the southpaw a text message: Hey man. Great job. Sorry we couldn’t get it done for you.
“He’s a pro. He gets it. He’s going out there and doing his thing,” McMahon said before the game. “He knows he did his job. Shoot, it’s not his fault we lost those games.”
Freeland’s teammates did their part on Tuesday night.
Colorado’s four-run sixth inning put the game away with a pair of doubles (Diaz and Hilliard), singles (Raimel Tapia and C.J. Cron), and hit-by-pitches (Yonathan Daza and Trevor Story). But it followed a scary moment in the fifth.
Freeland, pitching to Chicago shortstop Andrew Romine, was hit with a comebacker on the outside of his left foot. Freeland dropped to the grass and was examined by athletic trainers. He stayed in the game and forced a ground ball to end the inning. But he did not return for the sixth.
Freeland’s lone mistakes: A two-hit second inning — resulting in a Jason Heyward RBI groundout — and Ian Happ’s fourth-inning solo homer. Freeland struck out five and issued zero walks.
The Rockies aided him with a power showcase.
The Rockies loaded the bases in the second with no outs after Story doubled, C.J. Cron singled, and McMahon walked. Diaz homered to left for his first career grand slam.
Colorado opened the fourth with a McMahon double and Diaz single. Then Hilliard smashed his sixth home run of the season.