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Rockies outlast Giants on Spilborghs' walk-off slam in wild 14th inning

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Ryan Spilborghs desperately wanted a chance at redemption. With the Colorado Rockies looking at a heartbreaking loss, he got his shot and didn't waste it.

Spilborghs hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning, giving the Rockies a come-from-behind 6-4 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Spilborghs couldn't deliver with men on base in the 10th inning, grounding into a double play with a man on third. In the top of the 14th, he misread the carom off the wall on Edgar Renteria's triple that started the Giants' three-run rally.

That was on his mind when the Rockies came to bat in the bottom of the inning.

"I had a chance off [Brian] Wilson and missed my opportunity," Spilborghs said. "And then I felt like I missed the ball with Renteria and he got a triple. I was almost shaking because I wanted a chance to redeem myself."

Spilborghs jumped on reliever Merkin Valdez's 96-mph fastball and sent it into the Colorado bullpen to give the Rockies the dramatic victory.

"When I was running the bases I was trying to get to my teammates as fast as I could," Spilborghs said.

Colorado won the final three games of the four-game series and opened a four-game lead on the Giants in the NL wild-card race.

"It's a two-game swing," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "They're looking like they're going out of here two back and now they're going home four. That's absolutely huge."

The Giants had taken a 4-1 lead in the top of the 14th on Eugenio Velez's two-run triple and Juan Uribe's groundout.

"I thought I had won the game at the time," Velez said. "I thought we had it won."

But Brandon Medders walked Dexter Fowler leading off the bottom half. One out later, Justin Miller (2-2) relieved and gave up a one-out single to pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta. Troy Tulowitzki and Adam Eaton walked to make it 4-2.

Before Eaton stepped in the batter's box, Tracy told him to keep the bat on his shoulder.

"I told him not to swing," Tracy said. "Even if Miller threw three balls down the Middle, take the strikeout because I wanted Spilly to get a chance to hit."

Valdez, the Giants' eighth pitcher, came on. Spilborghs homered on a 0-1 pitch.

"No question it was a tough loss," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You are going to have ups and downs, but this was as tough a loss as you can have."

Eaton (1-0) worked the final two innings to earn the victory. He gave up three runs and walked five.

The Rockies had chances in the 10th and 11th innings but couldn't come up with the big hit. Spilborghs grounded into an inning-ending double play in the 10th and Clint Barmes flied out to center with two outs in the 11th and runners on first and third.

The Giants loaded the bases with two outs in the 13th but Medders lined out to third.

"This was the most bizarre game I've ever been involved in," Medders said. "To go that long and to go ahead by three runs and to lose on a grand slam was just bizarre."

Colorado starter Jason Marquis, trying to become the first pitcher in the NL to win 15 games, went eight innings, giving up one run on six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

San Francisco starter Barry Zito didn't give up a hit until Brad Hawpe's two-out single to right in the fourth. Then the Rockies broke through in the fifth.

Ian Stewart led off with a walk and Yorvit Torrealba reached on an error by third baseman Uribe. Marquis sacrificed the runners up a base, but Stewart was tagged out in a rundown Fowler's grounder to short.

With two outs, Zito issued back-to-back walks to Barmes and Todd Helton, which tied the score at 1. The inning ended on Tulowitzki's fly to deep right.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in first when Velez led off with a double, stole second, moved to third on Randy Winn's fly to left and scored on Pablo Sandoval's sacrifice fly to center.

Notes

  • Sandoval left the game in the third inning with a tight right calf.
  • An MRI on Rockies' RHP Aaron Cook's right shoulder revealed no damage to the joint. Cook, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday with a strained shoulder, will start throwing after Colorado's three-game series in San Francisco this weekend.
  • Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez sat out his seventh consecutive game with a sore left shoulder.
 
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Ryan Spilborghs completes his sprint around the bases after his game-winning clout.  (Getty Images)
Ryan Spilborghs completes his sprint around the bases after his game-winning clout. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

R. Spilborghs
AB 7
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Francisco

E. Velez
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, 2B7232001.283
Randy Winn, LF5020201.271
Pablo Sandoval, 3B1001002.331
Bengie Molina, C4010100.261
a-Tim Lincecum, PR0000000.164
Nate Schierholtz, RF6000105.284
Ryan Garko, 1B4010010.274
b-Joe Martinez, PR0000000.286
Aaron Rowand, CF6010031.278
Edgar Renteria, SS6120021.261
Barry Zito, SP2010000.143
c-Fred Lewis, PH-LF1000012.272
Juan Uribe, 3B4001122.269
Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B2100101.258
Brian Wilson, RP1000001.000
Eli Whiteside, C1000102.222
Brandon Medders, RP1000003.000
Totals5141147922
a-Struck out swinging for B Zito in the 7th.
BATTING
2B - R Winn (30); R Garko (12)
3B - E Velez (2); E Renteria (1)
RBI - E Velez 2 (16); P Sandoval (73); J Uribe (29)
SF - P Sandoval (4)
BASERUNNING
SB - E Velez 2 (4)
FIELDING
E - E Velez (6); J Uribe (7)
San Francisco Giants
Barry Zito 6.03106404.09
Sergio Romo 1.10001004.44
Jeremy Affeldt 0.20000101.89
Bob Howry 0.10002003.47
Brian Wilson 2.24001302.73
Brandon Medders 2.11111203.51
Justin Miller (L,2-3) 0.01332002.96
Merkin Valdez 0.01110015.10
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF6100116.270
Clint Barmes, 2B5000215.248
Todd Helton, 1B2011301.322
a-Carlos Gonzalez, PR-LF1000000.286
b-Chris Iannetta, PH1110000.224
Troy Tulowitzki, SS6110125.275
Brad Hawpe, RF4020110.304
Ryan Spilborghs, RF7124014.252
Ian Stewart, 3B4000212.224
Yorvit Torrealba, C4120100.261
Jason Marquis, SP2000012.189
Seth Smith, PH-LF0000100.297
Garrett Atkins, 1B2010011.227
Omar Quintanilla, PH-2B1000010.163
Adam Eaton, P0101100.000
Totals456106131026
a-Bunted out for T Helton in the 10th.
b-Singled for C Gonzalez in the 14th.
BATTING
HR - R Spilborghs (7)
RBI - T Helton (69); R Spilborghs 4 (44); A Eaton (1)
S - Y Torrealba (3); J Marquis (7)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis 8.06112503.47
Rafael Betancourt 0.21000102.55
Franklin Morales 0.10000002.49
Huston Street 1.00000103.02
Matt Daley 1.21000103.93
Joe Beimel 0.10000003.61
Adam Eaton (W,3-5) 2.03335108.08