Fielder's HR boosts Brewers over Rockies in 14 inningsMay 21, 2011 - 5:30 AM
The opener of the only non-interleague series in baseball this weekend was a seesaw battle that was appropriately decided in the final at-bat.
Casey McGehee's eighth-inning solo homer off Rafael Betancourt helped send the game to extra innings, and terrific defense on both sides kept the game tied, 4-4, until Seth Smith tripled home Alfredo Amezaga in the top of the 13th.
Yuniesky Betancourt answered in the bottom half by sending Huston Street's second pitch down the left-field line and over the wall.
Betancourt, though, booted a routine-double play ball the next inning, and the extended frame resulted in Dexter Fowler blooping a single to left that plated Chris Iannetta with the go-ahead run.
Mike McClendon (1-0) kept it a one-run game by stranding two, and the heart of Milwaukee's lineup came through in the final at-bat.
With one out, Paulino (0-4) issued a five-pitch walk to Ryan Braun, then made a game-ending mistake to Fielder, a down-and-in fastball that quickly left the yard and ended in the Brewers celebrating at home plate with their sixth win in eight games.
"We got down a couple of times. We came through with big hits and showed a lot of energy," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a great way to end a long day."
Both starters were pulled well before the four-hour, 35-minute game finished.
Milwaukee's Zack Greinke yielded four runs on eight hits over six frames while striking out nine in a no-decision, and Colorado's Jason Hammel gave up three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Hammel also hit a two- run homer off his counterpart.
The Brewers went ahead in the first inning when Rickie Weeks doubled and scored on a Braun groundout.
Milwaukee failed to add on by squandering a bases-loaded chance in the second, and the unlikeliest source gave the Rockies the lead in the third.
With Ty Wigginton on second, Hammel crushed a 94-m.p.h. Greinke fastball over the wall in left-center for the first homer by a Rockies pitcher since Jason Jennings did so on May 8, 2004.
Jose Lopez's double error at third allowed Betancourt to score the tying run in the fourth.
Iannetta blooped a single down the right-field line to bring in Wigginton with the go-ahead run in the away fifth, and Jason Giambi's opposite-field blast during Colorado's next at-bat made it 4-2.
"I don't think you can ask a group of guys to scratch and claw the way our guys did. We had a chance to win three different times, and every time they answered. Give them credit," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
The Brewers cut their deficit in half in the home turn, as Carlos Gomez stole second with two outs and came around on Jonathan Lucroy's pinch-hit single up the middle.
Braun, who exited Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Padres with left shoulder soreness, went 1-for-5...Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was ejected by home plate umpire Rob Drake after striking out looking in the eighth inning...The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (groin) did not start but pinch hit in the 10th inning and flied out...Giambi was coming off his first career three-HR home against in a 7-1 win over the Phillies on Thursday...Smith, Wigginton and Betancourt all had three hits...The Rockies outhit the Brewers, 16-14.
- COLORADO: 6
May 21 12:47 AM
- Prince Fielder one-out, two-run Home Run (10) to right scored Ryan Braun to win the game.
Rockies 6, Brewers 7 Bot 14, 1 OutMay 21 12:46 AM
- Dexter Fowler singled to left scored Chris Iannetta with one out. On the play, Jhoulys Chacin advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jonathan Herrera due up.
Rockies 6, Brewers 5 Top 14, 1 OutMay 21 12:35 AM
- Yuniesky Betancourt lead-off Home Run (3) to left. Mike Rivera due up.
Rockies 5, Brewers 5 Bot 13, 0 OutsMay 21 12:15 AM
- Seth Smith triple to center scored Alfredo Amezaga with two out. Runner on third and Jose Lopez due up.
Rockies 5, Brewers 4 Top 13, 2 OutsMay 21 12:10 AM
- Casey McGehee lead-off Home Run (4) to center. Yuniesky Betancourt due up.
Rockies 4, Brewers 4 Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 20 10:37 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Jonathan Lucroy single to center scored Carlos Gomez with two out. Runner on first and Rickie Weeks due up.
Rockies 4, Brewers 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 20 10:08 PM
- Jason Giambi two-out, solo Home Run (5) to left. Seth Smith due up.
Rockies 4, Brewers 2 Top 6, 2 OutsMay 20 9:51 PM
- Chris Iannetta single to right scored Ty Wigginton with one out. Runner on first and Jason Hammel due up.
Rockies 3, Brewers 2 Top 5, 1 OutMay 20 9:34 PM
- Zack Greinke walked. Runners on first and second with one out and Rickie Weeks due up.
Rockies 2, Brewers 2 Bot 4, 1 OutMay 20 9:22 PM
- Jonathan Herrera struck out swinging to end the inning.
Rockies 2, Brewers 1 Mid 3May 20 8:50 PM
- Prince Fielder advances to second on a Jason Hammel wild pitch. Runner on second with two outs and Casey McGehee at the plate.
Rockies 0, Brewers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 20 8:21 PM
- COLORADO: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
May 20 8:11 PM
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