Rockies beat Dodgers, 2-1, in home opener; Denver native Kyle Freeland wins major league debut

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DENVER, CO – APRIL 7: Starting pitcher Kyle Freeland #31 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the first inning of the Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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DENVER -- The Rockies celebrated a spectacular home opener with a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

Temperatures were in the mid-70s at game time as tens of thousands of fans and people watchers jammed into lower downtown Denver.

Rookie Kyle Freeland lived the dream a lot of young kids have as the 2011 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School made his major league debut.

Freeland became the first pitcher to make his major league debut in the home opener for the team in the state where he was born since 1966.

The 23-year-old pitched six good innings, allowing only one run to earn the win. Rockies catcher Dustin Garneau hit a home run in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

The Rockies are 4-1 on the season.

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