Street stumbles in ninth; Rockies lose in 11 innings
Closerblew his first save of the season, giving up two solo homers in the ninth to nullify ‘s third straight strong start, and the Colorado Rockies lost 3-2 in 11 innings to the Arizona Diamondback in the rubber game of their three-game series.
The Diamondbacks won the game whenrelieved with one out in the 11th and Chris Young, who tied the game with a homer with two out in the ninth off Street, doubled high off the wall in left-center. Belisle struck out Kelly Johnson, but Justin Upton’s bloop single to right sent the Rockies to their second loss in 11 innings Diamondbacks this season. The Rockies fell 7-6 in 11 innings on Opening Day at Coors Field.
The Rockies went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They didn’t get a hit after‘s one-out single in the seventh but blew a huge opportunity in the 11th. led off and reached base on second baseman Kelly Johnson’s error, and Daniel Hernandez walked slumping . But fouled out, and Hernandez struck out and .
Until Street stumbled, it appeared that Hammel was going to make sure the early scoring chances the Rockies squandered didn’t tow them under. He pitched seven scoreless innings, and has a 0.87 ERA (20 2/3 innings, 2 earned runs) in his past three starts.
The Rockies put runners on first and second to start the game but came up empty when Gonzalez, who went 0-for-5 and didn’t hit the ball out of the infield, grounded out, moving the runners to second and third, and Tulowitzki, who went 0-for-4, grounded into a fielder’s choice, with third basemanthrowing out Fowler at the plate. Ian Kennedy completed his escape by getting Helton to pop out.
Hammel had his own problems in the first. Leadoff hitter Young reached base on third baseman Stewart’s throwing error. He stole second as Johnson swung and missed strike three. Hammel walked Justin Upton, got Stephen Drew to pop out but walked Miguel Montero to load the bases before Mora grounded out.
The Rockies scored in the second when Smith led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch while Stewart was in the process of drawing a walk.‘ sacrifice fly scored Smith, but Stewart broke for second on left fielder Gerardo Parra’s poor throw, only to have shortstop Drew cut off the ball and nail Stewart at second.
Fowler opened the third with a triple, but the Rockies couldn’t get him home.and Gonzalez struck out and Tulowitzki popped out. The Rockies scored a run in the fifth but left the bases loaded. Helton led off the inning with his 535th double to move past Lou Gehrig into 30th place. He scored on Morales’ one-out single, which moved Stewart, who had walked, to third base. Hammel sacrificed Morales to second, and Fowler walked but Herrera grounded into a fielder’s choice.
_ Street allowed one home run in his first 13 games, a span of 14 1/3 innings. He has yielded three homers in his past four games, a span of 3 1/3 innings.
_Tulowitzki is 1-for-25 in his past six games and 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in that span. He went 0-for-13 in the series, and his average has dropped to .261. For the season, Tulowitzki is 6-for-35 (.171) with runners in scoring position.
_ Stewart drew walks on each of his first two plate appearances, matching his total in his first 33 plate appearances of the season. But he went 0-for-3 and took a called third strike to end the 11th with runners on first and second, leaving him 3-for-34 (.088) with 14 strikeouts overall and 1-for-8 with three strikeouts since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
_ had retired the first batter he faced in 12 consecutive appearances before giving up a single in the ninth to left-handed hitting Johnson, the only batter. Reynolds yielded an opposite-field homer Wednesday to left-handed hitting Juan Miranda. Left-handed hitters are 4-for-19 against Reynolds. The two runs Reynolds allowed Wednesday in two-thirds of an inning equaled the total number of runs he yielded in 7 1/3 innings in his first 11 games.
_ struck out Upton, the only batter he faced, with a runner on first to end the ninth, extending his scoreless streak to 10 innings and lowering his ERA to 0.75 (12 innings, 1 earned run).