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Rockies upset over check-swing call before Dodgers' game-winning HR

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The Colorado Rockies were left seething after a check-swing call allowed Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Teoscar Hernández to extend his at-bat and hit an eventual game-winning home run on the next pitch to cap a seven-run comeback in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game.

Colorado thought it had beaten the Dodgers after reliever Victor Vodnik appeared to strike out Hernández to preserve a one-run victory. However, first base umpire Lance Barksdale ruled it a checked swing. Rockies manager Bud Black was ejected for arguing the call:

"I saw a swing - check-swing - but I thought he went," Black said postgame, according to Thomas Harding of

Outfielder Jake Cave started screaming at Barksdale after Hernández's blast and had to be restrained by second baseman Alan Trejo as the Rockies were heading back into the dugout.

"I was yelling at (Barksdale) from right during the inning," Cave said. "But then we made the last out, and I'm coming in. And he looks me right in the face and goes, 'Cave, it's not even close.' That's when I really got (upset)."

Brenton Doyle, who had four hits in the loss, was also stunned by the call.

"I knew by the reaction of Cave in right that clearly he swung, and I looked at the video, and it's pretty obvious he did," Doyle said.

The defeat marked the sixth time Colorado's bullpen blew a lead of five or more runs in the ninth inning or later in 2024 - a modern-era single-season record.

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