Rockies Snap Losing Streak In 13 Inning Marathon
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Nelson walked with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and the Colorado Rockies snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Pinch-hitter Tommy Field sparked the winning rally with a leadoff walk. Eric Young then reached on a bunt single against Jordan Lyles (2-8), with Field going on to third on an error by catcher Humberto Quintero.
Young moved up on defensive indifference, but Mark Ellis grounded out. Dexter Fowler was intentionally walked to set the stage for Nelson, who forced home the tiebreaking run. Pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario added a sacrifice fly.
Matt Reynolds (1-2) pitched an inning to get the victory and Rafael Betancourt finished for his seventh save in 10 opportunities.
Each team had their chances in the late innings of the 200,000th regular-season game in major league history.
The Rockies put runners on second and third with one out in the 11th and failed to score. Nelson hit a dribbler to pitcher Fernando Rodriguez, who underhanded the ball to Quintero in time to get Young at home. Fowler took third base on the play but Ty Wigginton was called out on strikes and ejected when he slammed him batting helmet to the ground.
Houston had runners on first and second with two out in the ninth but pinch-hitter Matt Downs bounced into a fielder’s choice. Downs stayed in the game at first base and popped out with two down and runners on second and third in the 11th.
Brett Wallace hit a leadoff drive in the second to give the Astros a 2-0 lead. Wallace’s fifth homer traveled an estimated 448 feet to center field.
Jordan Pacheco hit a tying two-run double in the fourth for Colorado.
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