Colorado Rockies Win Walk-Off On Arenado’s Sac Fly

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Jun 3, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop T. Tulowitzki (2) is congratulated for his three run home run by center fielder C. Blackmon (19) and second baseman D. LeMahieu (9) in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies met the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final game in their four-game set from Coors Field in Denver on Wednesday night. 

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A bases loaded Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly sealed the three-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning and won the game for the Colorado Rockies, 7-6, at Coors Field Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies got things going first, when Troy Tulowitzki drove in Charlie Blackmon in the top of the first inning with a single off Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger.

In the top of the second, the Dodgers pushed their first run of the game across on a single from Yasmani Grandal off Rockies’ hurler Chad Bettis, tying the game at one.

The Dodgers took a lead in the top of the fifth after Justin Turner doubled home Joc Pederson, but the lead was short-lived. In the bottom half of the frame, Tulowitzki mashed a three-run home run off Bolsinger to give the Rox a 4-2 lead.

Things were going well at that point for the Rockies, and Bettis’ day ended after six innings. He allowed two runs (just one earned) on five hits and three walks, striking out five Dodgers’ hitters in the process, and lowering his season ERA to 2.70.

The Rockies’ bullpen fell apart in the top of the seventh, and the Dodgers pushed across three runs to take back a 5-4 lead.

The primary offender was reliever Christian Friedrich, who allowed three singles and only recorded an out, though he left with two runners on — both of whom scored off his replacement, Brooks Brown, who allowed another single and two walks without recording an out. Scott Oberg, the third reliever used in the inning, finally wiggled the Rockies off the hook.

By the end of the madness, though, the Dodgers had a lead thanks to four hits and two walks in the inning.

The Dodgers pushed another run across in the top of the eighth, Pederson hit another home run – his fourth of the series – off Oberg, to push the Dodgers up 6-4.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the ninth, though. A Michael McKenry single, followed by a Blackmon ground-rule double and a walk to DJ LeMahieu brought Tulowitzki to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs, down two runs.

Tulowitzki walked, getting the Rockies to 6-5 and bringing up Carlos Gonzalez. J.P. Howell came out of the Dodgers’ bullpen to face him, and on the very first pitch of the at-bat, uncorked a sinker that missed well off the outside corner. Catcher Grandal couldn’t corral it, and the passed ball scored Blackmon from third, tying the game 6-6, still with no one out.

Howell then intentionally walked Gonzalez, and Chris Hatcher came on to face Nolan Arenado in the tie game with the bases loaded again, and nobody out.

Arenado hit a sacrifice fly and the Rockies completed the walk-off rally, winning 7-6.

Starting tomorrow night at Coors Field, the Rockies will face the Miami Marlins for four games.

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