The The Colorado Rockies outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night by scoring four runs in the 13th inning in front of a small crowd at Chase Field to win the opener of the final series of the season for both teams by a score of 7-5.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to tie the game and send it in to extra innings but the D-backs could not pull through late for the win. After three scoreless innings Chris Nelson started the rally for the Rockies in the 13th inning when he drove home Tyler Colvin on a base hit. The Rockies added three more runs for insurance that they would end up needing.
With the win the Rockies will avoid reaching 100 losses this season in a year that has gone completely south for Manager Jim Tracy's ball club.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are out of the playoff race but Wade Miley still had something to prove Monday night. The young left-hander had one last outing to try and impress voters as a top candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Miley struck out 10 batters and pitched into the eighth inning only allowing three runs.
Miley pitched six scoreless innings before allowing a solo home run to fellow rookie Wilin Rosario in the seventh and then ran into some trouble in the eighth inning. It was apparent that Manager Kirk Gibson was willing to let Miley pitch deep into the game and allowed him to continue to battle when he ran into trouble in the eighth.
"I let him go longer than I probably would've normally, but it was his last start," Gibson told MLB.com. "Usually in those situations, you don't let a guy lose a game like that, but Wade wanted to pitch so I let him go, it ended up biting us. He threw the ball well though."
Charlie Blackmon reached base with a leadoff bunt single for the Rockies to start the eighth inning. After being sacrificed into scoring position Miley then got a huge strikeout on pinch hitter Jordan Pacheco. It was back to back two out doubles by Josh Rutledge and Tyler Colvin that scored two runs to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead.
"I left a fastball and a slider out over and they made me pay," Miley told MLB.com. "I just wanted to compete. I wasn't able to finish it off in the end."
After Goldschmidt hit his 20th home run of the season to tie the game in the ninth neither offense could manufacture a run in extra innings until the 13th.
Brad Bergeson struggled in relief giving up a leadoff double to Tyler Colvin that was followed by a RBI single by Chris Nelson. After giving up two walks to load the bases Gibson went to the bullpen and brought in Matt Zagurski who then gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon that scored Nelson. The Rockies added on two more runs scoring on a fielder's choice groundball and a wild pitch by Zagurski to make it 7-3.
The Diamondbacks were able to get two runs in the bottom half of the 13th but they fell short by two runs and the Rockies took the first game of the final series of the year. Aaron Hill got the D-backs on the board early with a solo home run in the first that was his 25th of the season. Hill is second to Jason Kubel for the most home runs on the team this year who has 30.
Gerardo Parra also hit a solo home run that gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. It was Parra's only hit of the game in six at-bats and his seventh home run of the season.
Drew Pomeranz started for the Rockies and pitched fairly well besides the two home runs he gave up to Parra and Hill. Pomeranz pitched five innings and allowed two runs on just three hits. Pomeranz has bounced back nicely in his last two starts after he was hit hard in Colorado by the Diamondbacks 11 days ago.
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