- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Nolan Arenado and the rest of the Colorado Rockies paraded around Coors Field one final time for this year, waving to the fans and throwing souvenirs into the crowd.

In an otherwise forgettable season, they went out on a high note at home by sweeping Los Angeles with a 12-5 win Sunday, keeping the Dodgers from moving closer to a third straight NL West title.

The Rockies outscored the Dodgers 27-15 in sweeping their first series from the Dodgers since 2007.

Where has this been all season? The thought drives Arenado bonkers.

“We get frustrated when you look back at it,” said Arenado, who had a career-high five RBIs, including a three-run homer. “Better you lose track of it and try to push forward and look to the future.”

At least the Rockies kept Los Angeles from clinching on their field. Colorado needed to win all three to wind up 36-45 at Coors Field and avoid turning in its worst home record (35-46 in 2012).

“I know there are ups and downs in the season. But this year, we had a little bit more downs than up,” Arenado said.

The magic number for Los Angeles (87-68) remained at two after San Francisco (81-74) beat Oakland. The Dodgers open a four-game series against the defending World Series champion Giants on Monday at AT&T; Park, where they are 0-6 this season.

“It’s pretty embarrassing to come in here and get swept this late in the year,” Alex Wood said. “If you look at the two teams today and don’t know anything about baseball, I think you would’ve guessed the Rockies were about to head to the postseason and we weren’t.

“We’ll get a real big wakeup call here (in San Francisco).”

Arenado hit his 41st homer in the fourth. He also had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single, giving him a major league-leading 126 RBIs this season.

His manager thinks he should be an MVP candidate even though he plays on a team that turned in its fifth straight losing season.

“He definitely put himself in position to win that award,” said Walt Weiss, who has one year remaining on his contract. “He just keeps adding to his amazing season. He did it again today.”

Chris Rusin (6-9) surrendered four runs - three earned - in 5 1-3 innings.

Wood (11-12) couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead, allowing eight runs in 5 1-3 innings. He limited Colorado to one hit over eight scoreless innings two weeks ago.

Arenado gave the Rockies the lead for good when he lined a 3-2 fastball from Wood into left-center bleachers.

But it was a slide that set up Arenado’s theatrics. DJ LeMahieu hit what looked like an inning-ending double play, only to have a hard-charging Charlie Blackmon cause second baseman Howie Kendrick to throw high and allow LeMahieu to beat the throw.

“It means a lot (to sweep L.A.),” Arenado said. “We didn’t quit. We’re not quitting. We never have.”

MAKING A CASE

Rusin is making a compelling argument to be in the starting rotation next season. He finished 5-3 at Coors Field with a 5.29 ERA.

“There have been times this year where he’s been one of our most effective starters, if not the most effective,” Weiss said. “He certainly is a candidate.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: SS Cristhian Adames left the game after the second when he bruised his neck and right index finger on a collision with OF Joc Pederson while covering third base. Rafael Ynoa took his place and had an RBI double.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.62) starts Tuesday in Arizona. He has a 1.78 ERA in 10 road games - one start - this season.


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