Giambi homer caps 6-run rally as Rockies nip Indians
With two out in the fifth, the Colorado Rockies erupted for six runs, three coming on a long homer by. But what sealed their 8-7 win over the Cleveland Indians was the unearned run they scored on a throwing error in the eighth.
‘s walk with two out in the fifth innocently began a six-run rally that included five hits and another walk. The walk came with the bases loaded and batting and brought in the first run. then doubled home two runs, the ball hitting third base and going into foul territory. Giambi followed with a three-run homer, a 440-foot shot into the Indians bullpen in right-center.
In the eighth, catcher Lou Marson tried to pick Chris Iannetta off first base but threw the ball away and, who was on second base, scored to give the Rockies an 8-6 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Carlos Santana singled with one out against . Santana stole second as struck out Orlando Cabrera and scored on Cord Phillips’ single to left.
Third basemancut off Blackmon’s throw and fired the ball to second baseman , who tagged Cord out _ but not, as replays showed, before Phillips, sliding head-first, touched the base. Second base umpire Sam Holbrook was in position to make the call on the close play and ruled in favor of the Rockies.
lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits, including two homers, and two walks, and manager pulled him after he walked Travis Hafner, who had hit a three-run homer in the first, to load the bases. gave up a looping two-run single to Grady Sizemore, the first batter he faced, to cut the Rockies lead to 7-6. Brothers gave up single to Santana to load the bases but got Orlando Cabrera to line out to center.
Brothers could have been the pitcher of record after starter didn’t go the requisite five innings. But, who pitched a scoreless sixth _ he gave up a one-out single to Marson but got Sizemore to ground into a double play _ was awarded the victory by the official scorer, who has that authority.
_ The Rockies are 7-9 in one-run games on the road and 10-13 overall in such games.
_ Giambi’s homer was the 422nd of his career and seventh this season. It was also his third three-run homer of this year, the others coming April 8 at Pittsburgh and May 19 at Philadelphia when he had the first three-homer game of his career. The three RBI gave Giambi 1,383 and tied him with Hall of Famer Joe Medwick for 73rd all-time.
_ Tulowitzki, who singled home the Rockies first run in the first, had three RBI, giving him 49 for the season and 18 in 18 games this month. He’s also hitting .356 (26-for-73) this month with eight doubles, two homers and 11 runs scored.
_ Nicasio had pitched at least five innings in his first four major league starts and six innings or more in three of them. He has allowed 35 hits in 28 2/3 innings. In addition to Hafner’s three-run homer, Nicasio gave up a solo homer to Santana in fourth. Nicasio has allowed four homers in his past three starts, a span of 15 2/3 innings.
_ Blackmon went 0-for-3 with a walk, just the fourth time in 13 games he has gone hitless.
_ retired the side in order in the ninth, giving up Sizemore’s drive that sent right fielder to the wall and aided by a fine game-ending play by first baseman Todd Helton on a ball hit by Michael Brantley. Street is 21-for-23 in save opportunities and has converted seven straight chances since his last blown save May 20 at Milwaukee.