Rockies rally to beat Minnesota 3-2
DENVER – Ryan Spilborghs hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies overcame Livan Hernandez’s strong outing to end a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.Hernandez (6-2) retired the first 15 batters he faced before Jeff Baker hit a double to left leading off the sixth inning. Hernandez allowed eight hits and three runs in 7 1-3 innings, and drove in a run with a bunt.With the game tied 2-all, Baker started the eighth with his second double of the game and moved to third on a bunt by Yorvit Torrealba. Spilborghs slapped a single to center on a full count through a drawn-in infield, scoring Baker.Brendan Harris had an RBI single for the Twins, losers of four of five.Greg Reynolds, Colorado’s first-round draft choice and the second selection overall in the 2006 draft, worked six scoreless innings, allowing three hits. He walked two and struck out two.Matt Herges (2-0) pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings to earn the win.Brian Fuentes worked the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances. He gave up a leadoff single to Delmon Young and a two-out walk to Harris before fanning Mike Lamb to end the game.Baker’s double in the sixth went off the glove of a diving Young. Torrealba bunted Baker to third and after an out, Willy Taveras lined a single to right to score Baker to make it 1-0.The Twins mounted minor threats in the fifth and sixth innings against Reynolds. Hernandez singled off Reynolds’ left ankle with two outs and Brendan Harris followed with a walk, but Lamb grounded out to end the inning.In the sixth inning, Michael Cuddyer reached on a two-out fielders choice and stole second. Craig Monroe grounded to shortstop.Young singled and Adam Everett doubled leading off the seventh inning against Herges. Young scored on Hernandez’s sacrifice, and Harris drove in Everett with a single past third to make it 2-1.The Rockies tied it at 2 in their half of the seventh when Matt Holliday led off with a double and moved to third on Todd Helton’s single off the wall in right field. Atkins drove in Holliday with a deep fly to right.Notes: OF Carlos Gomez was out of the lineup with a sore right wrist, injured while making a catch against the wall in center field in the ninth inning of Friday’s game. … The Twins want INF Matt Tolbert to see a hand specialist before any procedure is done on his left thumb. Tolbert was hurt diving into first base on the last play of Minnesota’s loss to Toronto on Thursday. … The game drew a walkup crowd of 8,456 fans, the largest walkup crowd in 14-year history of Coors Field. … The Twins are 8-2 in games started by Hernandez. … Holliday was back in the lineup after sitting out a game with back spasms.
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