Rockies rally for walkoff after strong start by Nicasio
Despite another good start at Coors Field,didn’t pick up a win, but a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth by ensured that at least the Rockies did, a 3-2 walkoff win over the Atlanta Braves.
Nicasio, who was spotted a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning on ahome run, allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four in seven innings. The one run he allowed in the second inning snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak at Coors Field. He ran into trouble in only one other inning, the sixth, when his own error allowed the first runner of the inning to reach and a double put runners at second and third with nobody out. But a grounder to third produced the first out on a fielder’s choice at home and two more groundouts on good defensive plays by and ended the inning with no damage.
But while Nicasio was easing through his evening, Braves starter Tim Hudson settled in after Helton’s home run. Hudson allowed just three more hits (five total), walked one and hit two batters in seven innings, keeping the game where it was in the second inning, a 2-1 Rockies lead.
The Rockies bullpen took over in the eighth, withallowed one hit got two fly outs before giving way to . A stolen base by Jordan Schafer, who singled off Brothers to start the inning, put a runner in scoring position with two outs, and Dan Uggla answered with a single to center to tie the game at 2-2. pitched a one-two-three ninth that included a scare by pinch-hitter Brian McCann, who flied out to the track in center for the final out.
The first two hitters in the ninth for the Rockies —and — went quickly on a fly out to center and pop out to the infield. then reached and moved to second on an error when a grounder got through Braves third baseman Martin Prado. With left-hander Eric O’Flaherty on the mound, the Braves elected to intentionally walk pinch-hitter and pitch to Gonzalez, who produced the Rockies’ second walkoff win of the season with a single to right field.