Rockies recover from missed chances, win in walkoff
After missing chances with runners in scoring position throughout the game, the Colorado Rockies put two big hits together in the bottom of the ninth inning with a game-tying double byand a three-run, walkoff home run by , the third walkoff win for the Rockies this season.
Through the first eight innings the Rockies were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Rockies hitters struck out to end an inning with a runner in scoring position four times — in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings, one time each for pitcher, Troy Tulowtizki, and — and left eight runners on base. But the Rockies erased the missed opportunities with a little luck and a pair of big hits.
The first two hitters of the ninth went quickly, pinch-hitteron a fly out to right and . on a groundout to shortstop. dropped in a bloop single to center, but nearly ran the Rockies out of the game. He rounded first without stopping, but second baseman Alfredo Amazaga got the ball back in quickly to third baseman Greg Dobbs, who ran over to cover second. Fowler was trapped and retreated to first, until a bad throw to first let him out of the rundown and safely to second.
Gonzalez then doubled to right off Marlins closer Leo Nunez to tie the game at 4-4. Tulowtizki was intentionally walked and left-hander Randy Choate brought in to face Giambi, who hit a 1-2 slider over the scoreboard in right to give the Rockies a 7-4 win.
The Rockies’ first run came in the second inning whennearly grounded into an inning-ending double play, but just beat the throw to first. Tulowitzki provided the other two runs with a two-run home run in the third.
Millwood allowed four runs in six innings, but was again burned by the home run. After allowing three runs in seven innings in his first start, all on solo home runs, Millwood’s four earned runs Monday were produced by a pair of two-run home runs.and combined to pitch the final three innings and Belisle picked up the win.