Rockies 6, Giants 4 (14 innings)
Turning point:hit a walk-off grand slam, the Rockies’ first extra-base hit after nine singles, with one out off Merkin Valdez. The Giants third pitcher of the inning, Valdez came on to face Spilborghs after Justin Miller gave up a single and two walks _ the second to pitcher Adam Eaton with the bases loaded _ to the three batters he faced.
At the plate: Spilborghs hit the first walk-off grand slam in Rockies history. He last homered June 29 at Los Angeles, ending a drought of 82 at-bats without a home run. …The walk-off homer was the first of Spilborgh’s career, and the grand slam was his second. The other was July 3, 2007, against Joe Smith of the Mets. …The Rockies scored their first two runs on bases-loaded walks _ the first toin the fifth, an unearned run because of third baseman Juan Uribe’s error, and the second to Eaton. …The Rockies left five runners on base in the ninth through the 11th innings, including three on third base. Closer Brian Wilson, who worked 2 1/3 innings and threw 42 pitches, came on to face and got him to ground into a fielder’s choice with one out and runners on first and second in the ninth and struck out. singled, moving pinch runner from second to third but rounded first and was thrown out 9-3-6 after right fielder Nate Schierholtz’s throw was cut off. After an intentional walk, Spilborghs grounded into an inning-ending double play. Finally, in the 11th, the Rockies put runners on first and third with one out, but Wilson struck out Fowler and got Barmes to fly out. …Eugenio Velez, who went 3-for-7, tripled home two runs in the 14th after Eaton gave up a one-out triple to Edgar Renteria and walked Travis Ishikawa.
On the mound: Jason Marquis allowed six hits and one run in eight innings. He threw 122 pitches, his second-highest total of the season (he threw 125 pitches in 8 2/3 innings June 19 against Pittsburgh). Marquis has pitched seven or more innings in 15 of 25 starts. This was just the third time he has not figured in the decision. The Rockies are 17-8 in games started by Marquis…Five relievers followed Marquis to the mound and combined to pitch four scoreless innings before Eaton came on to pitch the 13th, loaded the bases with two out but escaped when third basemanspeared pitcher Brandon Medders’ line drive. Despite giving up three runs in the 14th, two on Velez’s triple and the third on Juan Uribe’s ground out following an intentional walk to Randy Winn, Eaton, who threw 55 pitches in two innings, earned his first win with the Rockies and became the first Rockies reliever to win a game since on Aug. 2 at Cincinnati in a 6-4 victory in 11 innings. ..Giants starter Barry Zito allowed one unearned run and three singles in six innings, along with six of the 13 walks issued by the Giants.
Numbers game: 476 pitches thrown by the two teams, 241 by the Giants and 235 by the Rockies.