Rockies pull out extra-inning win
DENVER ” Troy Tulowitzki doubled in the tying run and scored the game-winner on third baseman Alberto Callaspo’s error in the 11th inning, and the Colorado Rockies rallied for a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Todd Helton and Matt Holliday led off the 11th with singles against Arizona closer Jose Valverde (0-1), but Brad Hawpe hit into a double play. Tulowitzki doubled in pinch-runner Jamey Carroll, then Callaspo couldn’t handle Chris Iannetta’s grounder.
The Diamondbacks took the lead in the top half when Stephen Drew hit a two-out single off Byung-Hyun Kim (1-0).
Kim got the first two outs in the 11th, but walked Chris Snyder and hit Callaspo with a pitch, setting up Drew’s single that just eluded Helton’s glove at first base.
Hawpe’s throw from right field wasn’t in time to get Snyder sliding into home.
The Rockies relied on their bullpen to get the win. Kim, Ramon Ramirez, Brian Fuentes, LaTroy Hawkins and Manuel Corpas each pitched an inning after starter Jeff Francis came out after six solid innings. Francis scattered seven hits and struck out four.
Tony Pena threw two scoreless innings for Arizona. Pena was aided in the eighth by the arm of left fielder Scott Hairston.
Hawpe lined a two-out single to left, but Hairston threw out Garrett Atkins at the plate. Atkins had broken an 0-for-8 start to the season with a one-out double.
Livan Hernandez went seven innings for Arizona, giving up five hits. The durable starter has now pitched 957 2-3 innings since 2003, tops in the majors. Mark Buehrle is the only other pitcher over 900 innings in that span.
Arizona tied the game at 2 with a two-out rally in the fifth. Conor Jackson lined a double and scored on Orlando Hudson’s single. Hudson, who advanced to second on the throw home, scored on Eric Byrnes’ soft single. Hudson narrowly avoided Iannetta’s tag at the plate on a throw by Hawpe.
Iannetta doubled to lead off the second and scored on Kaz Matsui’s single. Holliday had an RBI single in the first inning for his first hit of the season.
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle served a one-game suspension for a dustup March 13 in a spring training game against San Diego. Francis was also suspended for his role, but appealed his penalty.
Bench coach Jamie Quirk filled in for Hurdle.
“I don’t think I’m going to a movie,” Hurdle said before the game. “I feel like I’m in an adult timeout and so I want it to feel the way it’s supposed to feel and learn from the error of my ways.”
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