Colorado Rockies’ center-fielder Dexter Fowler lined a single down the right-field line with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning, driving-in catcher Yorvit Torrealba from 2nd-base with the winning run as the Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 Saturday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver. The win ended a 3-game slide and put a positive cap on a disappointing 2-5 week that included 3 losses to the lowly Houston Astros.
The game was a see-saw affair. Colorado stumbled-out to a 1-0 lead against Los Angeles’ Zach Greinke in the 2nd. Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton singled in front of Nolan Arenado, who doubled-home Cuddyer with one out. Greinke walked Torrealba to load the bases, but Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin grounded into a taylor-made double-play to strand three.
The Dodgers came right back against Chacin in the 3rd. Back-up catcher Tim Federowicz tied things at 1 with a lead-off homer, then Greinke singled and Carl Crawford doubled, pulling-up at 2nd with a left hamstring cramp and exiting the game. Chacin hit Mark Ellis to load the bases and Adrian Gonzalez knocked-in Greinke with a sacrifice fly. Colorado 2nd-baseman DJ LeMahieu then committed his 2nd inning-extending error in as many weeks, pushing Andre Ethier’s double-pay grounder across the dirt and losing his footing, neither fielding the ball nor making a throw. With the bases again loaded, Jerry Hairston Jr singled to right-field, driving-in Scott Van Slyke (running for Crawford). Ellis miscalculated and followed Van Slyke home, but was cut-down by a Carlos Gonzalez strike to Torrealba. The Rockies dodged what had seemed like certain disaster when Skip Schumaker grounded to LeMahieu.
Colorado re-took the lead in the 5th when Torrealba led-off with a single, moved to 2nd on a Federowicz passed-ball, and to 3rd on Chacin’s sacrifice bunt. Fowler singled to score Torrealba, and after LeMahieu grounded-out, Carlos Gonzalez, who had robbed Nick Punto of a double with a diving catch in the 4th, lined a 2-run homer to left, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. Los Angeles was having none of that and moved back into the lead in the 6th on one out singles by Schumaker and Punto, and a Federowicz double.
Josh Outman came-on for Chacin in the 7th and retired left-handers Adrian Gonzalez and Ethier, bringing-on Edgmer Escalona to face right-hander Hairston. Hairston doubled, then Schumaker knocked him-in, pushing the Dodger lead back to 2 runs. But the Rockies tied-it in the 7th when Troy Tulowitzki singled with one out and the over-paid Cuddyer drilled a big homer into the Colorado bullpen.
Escalona regrouped in the eighth, setting Los Angeles down in-order and striking-out pinch-hitter Luis Cruz and Van Slyke on 6-straight pitches. Rex Brothers handled the Dodgers in the 9th and Matt Belisle (3-2, 3.07) was perfect in the 10th, setting the stage for the Rockies winning rally. Helton struck-out, and Arenado grounded to Adrian Gonzalez against Matt Guerra (1-2, 3.92). Torrealba grounded his single to left on a 0-2 count, and Colorado manager Walt Weiss elected to waste his final catcher, sending Wilin Rosario up to top a slow roller to shortstop. The speedy Rosario busted-it down the line and beat Punto’s throw by a half-step to push Torrealba into scoring position for Fowler’s slap over Adrian Gonzalez’ head and down the right-field line.
The Rockies will look to build-off the dramatic victory and blast into the summer portion of the schedule with an early June hot streak. They’ll send ace Jorge De La Rosa (6-3, 3.16) up against Hyun-Jin Ryo (6-2, 2.89) in a battle of tough lefties Sunday afternoon at 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in the finale of the 3-game set.
BETANCOURT ON DL
Colorado has placed closer Rafael Betancourt (1-3, 3.20, 11 saves) on the 15 Day Disabled List and recalled right-hander Manny Corpas in a blast-from-the-past echoing all the way back to the magic September run of 2007. Betancourt, declared “perfectly fine” in Weiss’ post-game press-conference on Friday, has a strained groin that has allegedly troubled him the entire season. Corpas was 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA in 17 appearances for Colorado Springs.