ATLANTA -- Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu isn't normally a home run hitter, but a text he received from a friend suggested he could be at SunTrust Park.Called it. LeMahieu homered twice Saturday, including a ninth-inning shot that proved more important than it immediately seemed, in the Rockies' much-needed 7-6
ATLANTA -- Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu isn't normally a home run hitter, but a text he received from a friend suggested he could be at SunTrust Park.
Called it. LeMahieu homered twice Saturday, including a ninth-inning shot that proved more important than it immediately seemed, in the Rockies' much-needed 7-6 victory over the Braves.
The first homer of his first career multi-homer game was hit the opposite way to right field, where balls have carried well in the first year of the park being open. That came off Braves lefty starter Sean Newcomb to tie the game, 2-2, in the fifth. It was LeMahieu's first homer since July 17.
"It's just how it worked," said LeMahieu, who went 3-for-5. "My buddy who lives here texted me, like, 'All you've gotta do is hit a pop fly right down the right-field line. That's all you've got to do. The ball flies here.' That was a good place to hit it."
The Rockies, holder of the second National League Wild Card spot despite their reeling ways the last three weeks (six wins in their last 18 games), have had trouble stringing together hits.
During their 2-3 road trip that ends Sunday with the finale of the three-game series against the Braves, LeMahieu is hitting .364 (8-for-22). But before his homer and Trevor Story's two-run double later in the fifth, the Rockies had just two multi-run innings in 40 innings on the trip.
"We're all just competing," LeMahieu said. "The results haven't been there the last week or so offensively. Tonight's a good night to score some runs like we did."
LeMahieu's second homer, his sixth of the season, came on a pull shot to left off Arodys Vizcaino, immediately after Charlie Blackmon broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run shot, his 31st homer of the season. It's not as if going deep against Vizcaino is easy. He hadn't yielded a homer in his past 13 innings.
"The guy throws really hard," LeMahieu said. "I was trying to hit a fastball, he hung a slider a little, and I got out in front of it."
Rockies closer Greg Holland coughed up a Matt Adams two-run shot with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and Jake McGee had to come in and force Brandon Phillips into a double-play grounder for the Rockies to celebrate.
"I'm really glad DJ hit that homer to go up three," Blackmon said. "That ended up being the game-winner. He had a great night. I'm really happy for him."
LeMahieu, the defending NL batting champ, has had some hot streaks. His pace is a couple ticks below last year, but still potent.
"I'm happy for DJ," manager Bud Black said. "He's been battling hard. He's just been hovering around .310-.315, got up to .320. He's doing his thing. The guys at the top of the order are getting their hits."
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