Washington at Colorado

W: B. Fuentes (1-5) L: C. Cordero (2-3)
HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (20), W. Pena (8)   COL - M. Holliday (23)

Holliday leads Rockies in five-run rally in ninth over Nats

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DENVER -- With the Rockies down by four in the ninth, Matt Holliday did everything he could to help spark a much-needed rally.

Holliday hit a two-run homer to spark a five-run, ninth-inning comeback, and Colorado beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Friday night.

The Rockies were a half inning away from their third straight loss, and fourth in five games, to Pittsburgh and Washington at home. With a loss, they would have fallen back to .500 for the first time since July 26.

"We've known for the previous three games we had to get something going," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "We had to have this game."

Instead, Colorado remained 4½ games behind San Diego in the wild-card race.

"This one meant a lot because of the Pittsburgh series," said Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who delivered a game-tying two-run single. "So to come back and win like we did tonight was definitely huge."

The Rockies trailed 5-1 going into the ninth, before Holliday hit his 23rd home run of the year off closer Chad Cordero (2-3). The Rockies then loaded the bases with no outs and Cordero was replaced by Jon Rauch, who gave the two-run single to Torrealba that pulled the Rockies within 5-4.

"I tried to get ahead in the count with the first two guys and they made me pay for it," Cordero said. "It wasn't my night."

Torrealba dropped the single in front of center fielder Nook Logan and pumped his chest.

"I broke my bat, but I tied the score," Torrealba said.

After a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, Kaz Matsui hit a soft grounder up the middle that shortstop D'Angelo Jimenez couldn't make a play on. Jimenez was charged with an error on the play.

Brad Hawpe scored, and the Rockies ran onto the field and celebrated with Matsui.

"I made contact with the ball and ran as hard as I could," Matsui said through an interpreter. "Once I hit the ball, my only thought was beating the throw."

Colorado matched its largest deficit overcome for a victory in the ninth inning or later. The Rockies came back from a 7-3 deficit to win 8-7 over Tampa Bay on June 21, 2002.

Brian Fuentes (1-5) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

"This was a game where everyone contributed in the ninth and we used power, patience and speed to come back and win," Hurdle said. "We also got a solid outing from Fuentes."

The loss ruined another stellar performance by Shawn Hill, who scattered four hits over seven innings, striking out five and not allowing a walk. In 11 starts this season, Hill has allowed more than two runs only once, and has never allowed more than three.

When asked if this was the most disheartening loss of the season for the Nationals, manager Manny Acta didn't hesitate.

"Yes. We blew a four-run lead in the ninth," Acta said. "Blowing those kinds of leads are hard to take."

Ryan Zimmerman and Wily Mo Pena both homered in staking Washington to a 5-1 lead.

Zimmerman was 3-for-4 with two singles and his 20th home run of the year. Pena's home run was his third in seven games since joining the Nationals in a trade from the Boston Red Sox.

Jeff Francis gave up four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Dmitri Young gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead with a one-out single to center in the first inning. Colorado tied it at 1 on Troy Tulowitzki's RBI single in the first.

Zimmerman homered over the scoreboard in right field with one out in the third inning to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Pena homered off Taylor Buchholz with one out in the eighth.


  • In the midst of a 4-for-36 skids, INF Felipe Lopez was out of the starting lineup.
  • Nationals RHP Jason Simontacchi (right elbow tendinitis) has soreness in his right elbow and will see Dr. James Andrews.
  • Rockies RHP Aaron Cook (strained left oblique muscle) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the game matched two Canadian born pitchers for the first time since Ryan Dempster of Florida matched up against Mike Johnson of Montreal on July 1, 2000.
  • Holliday extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
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Troy Tulowitzki bows to Kaz Matsui, who helps the Rockies mount a shocking comeback in the ninth.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki bows to Kaz Matsui, who helps the Rockies mount a shocking comeback in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Nook Logan, CF5100023 .283
D'Angelo Jimenez, SS4100100 .145
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4133000 .275
Dmitri Young, 1B4011011 .333
    Robert Fick, 1B0000000 .203
Austin Kearns, RF4000002 .260
Wily Mo Pena, LF4121012 .232
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4020001 .283
Jesus Flores, C4010022 .230
Shawn Hill, P2100001 .111
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Batista, PH1000000 .270
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Ayala in the 9th
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (20, Francis), Wily Mo Pena (8, Buchholz)
SH - Shawn Hill (5)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 3 (75), Dmitri Young (69), Wily Mo Pena (22)
SB - D'Angelo Jimenez (1, 2nd base off Francis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
E - D'Angelo Jimenez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Shawn Hill 7411050 2.31
Luis Ayala 1000000 2.63
Chad Cordero (L,2-3)0454101 3.39
Jon Rauch (BS,6) 0.2100000 4.09
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 94-68, Luis Ayala 11-8, Chad Cordero 15-8, Jon Rauch 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 7-9, Luis Ayala 1-2, Jon Rauch 3-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 25, Luis Ayala 3, Chad Cordero 5, Jon Rauch 4
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B5120010 .289
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4121011 .295
Matt Holliday, LF4112012 .334
Todd Helton, 1B4120001 .301
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010002 .280
    Jamey Carroll, PR0100000 .222
Brad Hawpe, RF3100121 .287
Yorvit Torrealba, C4012001 .268
Cory Sullivan, CF3000000 .295
Jeff Francis, P2000000 .149
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .130
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000000 .313
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000002 .313
a-grounded out for Buchholz in the 8th
b-grounded out for Fuentes in the 9th
2B - Todd Helton (29, Hill), Garrett Atkins (30, C. Cordero)
3B - Kaz Matsui (6, Hill)
HR - Matt Holliday (23, C. Cordero)
SH - Cory Sullivan (1)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (68), Matt Holliday 2 (99), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (37)
SB - Kaz Matsui (28, 2nd base off Hill/Flores)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Matsui-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Kaz Matsui (3, Throwing), Yorvit Torrealba (6, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 6.1742141 4.32
Taylor Buchholz 1.2211011 4.27
Brian Fuentes (W,1-5) 1000010 3.80
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 119-77, Taylor Buchholz 14-11, Brian Fuentes 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 10-7, Taylor Buchholz 2-1, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 29, Taylor Buchholz 6, Brian Fuentes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25232
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley