Rockies storm back, beat Dodgers 9-7
The Colorado Rockies began a 10-game homestand by roaring back to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-7. It was a victory that defied their miserable comeback history this season, gave the Rockies consecutive wins for the first time since May 16-17 and, time will tell, might spark a hot streak.
The Rockies overcame a four-run deficit to win for the first time this season, scoring five runs in the seventh to wipe out the Dodgers’ 7-3 lead. The Rockies were 2-25 this season when trailing after six innings, including 1-14 at home. The last time they won when trailing after six innings was May 17 when they were behind 3-1 after six innings and won 5-3.
The Rockies scored three runs in the sixth to cut the Dodgers’ lead to 4-3. But the Dodgers scored three runs in the seventh offto make it 7-3, aided greatly by a poor decision by catcher to field speedy Dee Gordon’s bunt and an even poorer choice to throw the ball, which he did off balance and leaning and threw it past first base. That gaffe allowed pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who had led off with his second straight single to score, and sent Gordon to second.
He scored on Casey Blake’s double, and after a wild pitch moved Blake to third, he scored on Andre Ethier’s sacrifice fly.
But the Rockies, whose five-run output in Wednesday’s 5-3 win at San Diego gave them a total of 18 runs on a nine-game road trip, scored five runs and sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh.and pinch hitter each walked with the bases loaded. , who went 3-for-5 with a double, singled home the first run of the inning. And , who went 2-for-5 with four RBI, singled home two runs to tie the game at 7 before back-to-back walks to and Giambi put the Rockies ahead 8-7.
They added a run in the eighth whenled off with a single, moved to third on Gonzalez’s double and scored on ‘s long sacrifice fly.
gave up a one-out double to Ethier, but struck out Matt Kemp, who went 3-for-5 with a homer, triple, double and four RBI, and got pinch hitter Rod Barajas to fly out to earn his 18th save in 20 chances.
_ Tulowitzki is 5-for-9 with seven RBI in his past two games. He has raised his average to .264, the highest it has been since May 4 (.271).
_ Gonzalez’s multi-hit game was his first since he went 2-for-4 at Los Angeles on May 30.
_ Starter allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings while throwing 94 pitches, 57 strikes. He has given up 22 hits in 18 innings in his three major league starts.
_ Nelson’s sacrifice fly gave him first RBI in the majors. He went 2-for-4 and broke a string of nine hitless at-bats with a single in the first.
_ Reynolds was in line to get the win after the Rockies five-run rally in the seventh, but because he was ineffective, the official scorer, as is his right, awarded the victory to , who retired the side in order in the eighth. Reynolds had been scored upon in just three of his previous 27 games and had a season-long scoreless streak of 8 1/3 innings, stretching over 15 games dating from May 5.
_At Triple-A Colorado Springs, (right lat strain) made his first rehab start and allowed one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in five innings against Reno. He threw 88 pitches, 53 strikes. Rogers last pitched for the Rockies on May 1. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 7, retroactive to May 2.