Colorado Rockies Win 7-5 Walkoff Over Seattle Mariners Thanks To Michael McKenry
Aug 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin (52) pitches to Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners met for a series finale getaway day Wednesday afternoon game at Coors Field.
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The Colorado Rockies won on a two-run, bottom of the eleventh inning bomb from catcher Michael McKenry on Wednesday afternoon, enjoying a walk-off victory over the Seattle Mariners to salvage one game in the three-game series at Coors Field.
The Seattle Mariners jumped on the board first, after Rockies’ starter Chris Rusin had thrown three scoreless innings against the hard-hitting club. In the top of the fourth, the Mariners pushed three runs across the board thanks to RBI singles from Robinson Cano and Austin Jackson, and then an RBI double from starting pitcher Taijuan Walker — the second straight game in which a Rockies pitcher allowed an RBI double to the opposing starter.
Rusin settled down again, though, and ended up working five innings while allowing just those three runs. He ended up giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in a start that would prove to be a no-decision for him.
It was a no-decision because, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Carlos Gonzalez slugged a three-run no-doubt home run off Walker to tie the game and get the Colorado Rockies on the board.
The Mariners would push back up to a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning, though, when Franklin Gutierrez slugged a two-run bomb off struggling Rockies’ reliever John Axford.
But again, the Rockies showed life. In the bottom of the ninth inning off Fernando Rodney, Ben Paulsen doubled home DJ LeMahieu to make the game 5-4, and then he scored on Kyle Parker‘s soft single to absolve Axford of the loss, re-tie the game, and send it into extra innings.
The game lasted well into extra innings still tied at five runs apiece, until Michael McKenry came up with a runner on in the bottom of the eleventh inning and blasted a two-run walk off home run to win the game for the Rockies.
Yohan Flande (2-1) earned the victory after throwing a scoreless top of the eleventh inning in relief.
The Colorado Rockies have a day off on Thursday, before playing a three-game series in Washington against the Nationals beginning on Friday at 5 pm MT.