DENVER – Colorado Rockies starter Chad Bettis may well have been pitching to stay in the rotation down the stretch.

After his brutal outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game back off the Disabled List, questions were starting to rise about whether or not Colorado had time to let him get right, or if he might better be served coming out of the bullpen.

For at least one day, though, such conversations can be put to rest. Bettis looked like the version of himself that was this club’s best pitcher over the first two months, pitching over six innings of high-quality baseball against the deadly Los Angeles Dodgers lineup.

His phenomenal work resulted in a win despite the bullpen giving the 3-0 lead back. Chris Iannetta drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth to give Colorado their second straight walk-off win by a score of 4-3.

The Rockies took advantage of some Dodger mistakes in the bottom of the first, scoring the opening salvo without the benefit of a hit. Charlie Blackmon reached first when Chris Taylor dropped a pop fly behind second base. He moved to second on a passed ball and over to third on a well-executed groundball to the right side off the bat of DJ LeMahieu.

Trevor Story made it two consecutive productive outs for the Rockies when he hit a fly ball to right field that was just deep enough to score Blackmon ahead of Yasiel Puig’s excellent throw.

Bettis ran into his first bit of trouble in the fourth after back-to-back singles from Puig and Cody Bellinger with one out. But Bettis got Rockie-killer Matt Kemp to fly out to right and Chris Taylor to do the same to center, ending the threat.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.