Colorado Rockies Rally Back Only To Lose Late To Texas Rangers


Jul 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss (22) walks off the field during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers met in the rubber match of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon in Denver. 

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The Colorado Rockies rallied back from a big early deficit on Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough for the club after giving up two runs to break up a tie game in the top of the ninth inning, losing to the Texas Rangers 10-8 at Coors Field in the series’ rubber match.

The game started with the Rangers jumping out for four runs in the top of the first inning off Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa, thanks to two perfectly placed bunt base hits and several timely singles. Texas would then get another run in the second inning off a home run from Rougned Odor to make the game 5-0 in favor of the visitors heading to the bottom of the second inning.

In the bottom of the second, the Rockies finally got a run back when Nick Hundley drove Wilin Rosario home on an RBI single. The Rockies crawled back for three more runs in the fourth inning, thanks to De La Rosa’s RBI groundout, and an RBI single from DJ LeMahieu, to make the game 5-4.

The Rangers would get a sixth run off De La Rosa in the fifth after Delino DeShields, Jr. scored on a throwing error by Hundley after stealing third base.

De La Rosa’s day would be done after six frames, allowing six runs (all earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight Rangers’ hitters. He’d end up getting a no-decision after the Rockies’ rally.

The Rangers put up two more runs in the seventh, and the 8-4 lead by that point made it look like the Rockies weren’t going to get back into this game any time soon.

However, the Rockies got four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning — a solo shot from Hundley, and a three-run blast from Carlos Gonzalez that tied the game off Rangers’ reliever Tanner Scheppers.

In the ninth inning of an 8-8 tie game, though, Rockies’ closer John Axford walked the leadoff hitter Odor, and eventually loaded the bases for Elvis Andrus, who hit a chopper through the hole at shortstop for two Rangers’ runs. That was it for the Rockies, who went down in order in the ninth inning off Rangers’ closer Shawn Tolleson to lose the game, and the series.

The Rockies, now 40-53, will have an off day on Thursday before returning to action on Friday evening.

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