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Walk-off hit by Iannetta lifts Rockies to comeback win

Jul 5, 2008 - 5:23 AM By Brady Delander PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

DENVER (Ticker) -- Matt Holliday and Ryan Spilborghs each hit two home runs, Garrett Atkins collected five hits - including the game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning - and Chris Iannetta delivered the walk-off base hit as the Colorado Rockies rallied from a nine-run deficit to beat the Florida Marlins, 18-17, on Friday.

In the second-highest scoring game in Coors Field history, the Rockies opened the ninth with three straight singles and benefited from Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez's error on a potential double-play ball to set the table for Iannetta.

Iannetta, who hit a three-run homer in the fifth, slapped a grounder off Florida closer Kevin Gregg (6-4) between third baseman Wes Helms and Ramirez, scoring Holliday from third and completing the biggest comeback in franchise history.

"When you are in a game like that, you never know what's going to happen, but you know you have a chance to win no matter what," Iannetta said. "It was a crazy game. To win a game like that, when neither team could pitch and both sides give up that many hits, it was great to come out on top."

Holliday hit his third career grand slam, and Spilborghs and Clint Barmes both finished with four hits for Colorado, which has won four straight games.

"This is incredible. I mean, this really was," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "From an offensive standpoint, they just kept coming back in the dugout, grabbing bats and feeling fresh. This was by far and away the most fun I've had watching our team swing the bat in a long, long time. Maybe ever. It was just a weird night."

Jorge Cantu and Mike Jacobs each had four hits and Cody Ross added three and five RBI for the Marlins, who had 22 hits and led the entire way until Iannetta's heroics. Ramirez had a home run among his three hits, Cantu scored four runs and Matt Treanor belted a three-run homer.

Taylor Buchholz (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.

The scoring barrage started on the first pitch of the game as Ramirez cranked a leadoff homer off Rockies starter Greg Reynolds, who was tagged for seven runs and seven hits while recording just four outs.

"I don't know if the humidor was broken, but when it gets up to 90 degrees and there's no wind, the ball is going to travel," Atkins said. "It was a good night to hit, obviously. It was a fun game to hit. It wasn't a fun game to play defense."

It appeared as if Florida ended any of Colorado's hopes of a comeback with a six-run fourth as Ross hit a three-run double and Alfredo Amezaga and Ramirez each delivered RBI doubles to make it 13-4.

But the Rockies' offense exploded, hitting six home runs over the next four innings. Spilborghs hit his first of the night in the fourth and Holliday opened the fifth with his initial blast.

Iannetta capped that inning with a three-run shot to put Colorado within striking distance.

Marlins starter Scott Olsen left after five innings, having given up nine runs - eight earned - and 11 hits.

"I've never been a part of anything like this before, so I don't exactly know what happened, but I know it was not a night for the pitchers," Olsen said. "It was just a bad day for everybody, except the offense."

The bullpen did not help as Spilborghs launched another homer to start the sixth and Atkins made it a one-run game, 13-12, with a two-run shot before Florida escaped the inning.

"We used everyone and we were pulling people out of the stands (to pitch)," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said jokingly. "It was one of those things. We couldn't get outs and they couldn't either."

Ross and Luis Gonzalez gave Florida another cushion during a four-run seventh, with each delivering a two-run single. Colorado, however, loaded the bases with none out in the bottom half for Holliday, whose grand slam narrowed the deficit to 17-16.

"I've never felt so good after a game where we gave up 17 runs," Holliday said.






  • alacy52 That's the biggest comeback in Rockies history (9 runs).

    Marlins 17, Rockies 18  FinalJul 5 12:08 AM
  • stevis That was ridiculous. Thank you RUWT.

    Bedtime for sunburned East Coasters

    Marlins 17, Rockies 18  FinalJul 5 12:07 AM
  • dukerulez911 "Comeback Kids." For their sake, they'll need a comeback for this season. Rocks are still 15 games under .500

    Marlins 17, Rockies 18  FinalJul 5 12:07 AM
  • alacy52 Rockies win!

    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:04 AM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 5 2 0 6 0 0 4 0 0 17 22 2
    COLORADO 1 2 1 1 4 3 4 0 2 18 21 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - SCOTT OLSEN, TAYLOR TANKERSLEY (6TH), JOE NELSON (6TH), JUSTIN
    MILLER (7TH), LOGAN KENSING (7TH), RENYEL PINTO (7TH), DOUG
    WAECHTER (8TH), KEVIN GREGG (9TH) A

    Jul 5 12:04 AM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS IANNETTA SCORED MATT HOLLIDAY.
    FINAL SCORE: COLORADO 18, FLORIDA 17

    Marlins 17, Rockies 18  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:04 AM
  • dukerulez911 Do the Rocks end it here? Does Baker do it?

    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:02 AM
  • stevis Watching it on MLB.TV Mosaic. I was having trouble with the feed from the website

    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:02 AM
  • stevis "What. A. Ballgame"

    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:02 AM
  • alacy52 Tie game. Let's go Rox!

    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:01 AM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED CLINT BARMES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ATKINS ON FIRST, M HOLLIDAY ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 17
    COLORADO 17 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J BAKER (.269, 1-FOR-4, BB, RBI)

    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:01 AM
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    Marlins 17, Rockies 17  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:01 AM
  • dukerulez911 What you watching the game on?
    I got it on MLB.TV (which is a little delayed from live TV) from MLB.com, but a little of the top is cut off.

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 4 11:59 PM
  • stevis Yup, that's the theory. Here comes the walkoff

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 4 11:57 PM
  • dukerulez911 Your Phillies are only 3 up on these surprising Marlins. A Rockies comeback would be helpful for you.

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 4 11:53 PM
  • stevis Ugh, it better not, but as long as the Marlins lose I'm happy

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 4 11:48 PM
  • dukerulez911 Who thinks this game will go into extras?

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 4 11:46 PM
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    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 4 11:42 PM
  • SuketoKetchi JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 4 11:26 PM
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    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 4 11:26 PM
  • alacy52 Matt freaking Holliday! Boom outta here!

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 11:15 PM
  • stevis Who needs no-hitters? This game is a fireworks display

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 11:15 PM
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    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 11:14 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY MATT HOLLIDAY (12) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF LOGAN KENSING SCORED OMAR QUINTANILLA, RYAN SPILBORGHS AND
    CLINT BARMES.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 17, COLORADO 16
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.310, 3-FOR-4, HR, 2 RBI)

    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 11:13 PM
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    Marlins 17, Rockies 16  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 11:13 PM
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    Marlins 17, Rockies 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 4 11:11 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LUIS GONZALEZ SCORED CODY ROSS AND ALFREDO
    AMEZAGA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L GONZALEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 17
    COLORADO 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.304, 3-FOR-5, HR, 2 RBI)

    Marlins 17, Rockies 12  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 4 10:54 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CODY ROSS SCORED JORGE CANTU AND JOSH WILLINGHAM.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C ROSS ON FIRST, M JACOBS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 15
    COLORADO 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M TREANOR (.241, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Marlins 15, Rockies 12  Top 7, 0 OutsJul 4 10:47 PM
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    Marlins 13, Rockies 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 4 10:28 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY GARRETT ATKINS (12) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF TAYLOR TANKERSLEY SCORED CLINT BARMES.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 13, COLORADO 12
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J BAKER (.271, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Marlins 13, Rockies 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 4 10:28 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN SPILBORGHS (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF TAYLOR TANKERSLEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 13, COLORADO 10
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.329, 2-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Marlins 13, Rockies 10  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 4 10:20 PM
  • alacy52 Did they forget to put the balls in the humidor today? This is a vintage Coors Canaveral slugfest.

    Marlins 13, Rockies 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 4 10:06 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS IANNETTA (8) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF SCOTT OLSEN SCORED GARRETT ATKINS AND JEFF BAKER.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 13, COLORADO 9
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: B HAWPE (.248, 0-FOR-2)

    Marlins 13, Rockies 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 4 10:04 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT HOLLIDAY (11) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF SCOTT OLSEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 13, COLORADO 6
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.306, 1-FOR-2)

    Marlins 13, Rockies 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 4 10:00 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN SPILBORGHS (5) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF SCOTT OLSEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 13, COLORADO 5
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.331, 2-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Marlins 13, Rockies 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 4 9:46 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J HERMIDA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 13
    COLORADO 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.280, 2-FOR-2, HBP)

    Marlins 13, Rockies 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 4 9:38 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED ALFREDO AMEZAGA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, H RAMIREZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 12
    COLORADO 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J HERMIDA (.265, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Marlins 12, Rockies 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 4 9:36 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALFREDO AMEZAGA SCORED CODY ROSS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A AMEZAGA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 11
    COLORADO 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: S OLSEN (.161, 1-FOR-2)

    Marlins 11, Rockies 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 4 9:28 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CODY ROSS SCORED JORGE CANTU, JOSH WILLINGHAM AND
    MIKE JACOBS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C ROSS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 10
    COLORADO 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M TREANOR (.244, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Marlins 10, Rockies 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 4 9:25 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JEFF BAKER SCORED GARRETT ATKINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 7
    COLORADO 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C IANNETTA (.272, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 4 9:13 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CLINT BARMES SCORED CEDRICK BOWERS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C BARMES ON FIRST, R SPILBORGHS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 7
    COLORADO 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M HOLLIDAY (.335, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins 7, Rockies 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 4 8:59 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN SPILBORGHS SCORED TROY TULOWITZKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SPILBORGHS ON FIRST, C BOWERS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 7
    COLORADO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: C BARMES (.327, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Marlins 7, Rockies 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 4 8:57 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY JOSH WILLINGHAM SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ
    AND JORGE CANTU.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J WILLINGHAM ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 7
    COLORADO 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M JACOBS (.236, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Marlins 7, Rockies 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 4 8:40 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CLINT BARMES SCORED RYAN SPILBORGHS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BARMES ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 5
    COLORADO 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: M HOLLIDAY (.336, 10 HR, 40 RBI)

    Marlins 5, Rockies 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 4 8:25 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 5 5 4 0
    COLORADO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: FLA - SCOTT OLSEN
    COL - GREG REYNOLDS

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.290, 4 HR, 28 RBI)
    C BARMES (.323, 5 HR, 20 RBI)
    M HOLLIDAY (.336, 10 HR,

    Marlins 5, Rockies 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 4 8:21 PM