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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.
|Ryan Spilborghs completes his sprint around the bases after his game-winning clout. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Francisco Giants|
|Eugenio Velez, 2B||7||2||3||2||0||0||1||.283|
|Randy Winn, LF||5||0||2||0||2||0||1||.271|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||1||0||0||1||0||0||2||.331|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.261|
|a-Tim Lincecum, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.164|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||6||0||0||0||1||0||5||.284|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.274|
|b-Joe Martinez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||6||0||1||0||0||3||1||.278|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||6||1||2||0||0||2||1||.261|
|Barry Zito, SP||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.143|
|c-Fred Lewis, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||4||0||0||1||1||2||2||.269|
|Travis Ishikawa, PH-1B||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.258|
|Brian Wilson, RP||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Eli Whiteside, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.222|
|Brandon Medders, RP||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|a-Struck out swinging for B Zito in the 7th.|
|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)|
|SB - E Velez 2 (4)|
|E - E Velez (6); J Uribe (7)|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Justin Miller (L,2-3)||0.0||1||3||3||2||0||0||2.96|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||6||1||0||0||1||1||6||.270|
|Clint Barmes, 2B||5||0||0||0||2||1||5||.248|
|Todd Helton, 1B||2||0||1||1||3||0||1||.322|
|a-Carlos Gonzalez, PR-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|b-Chris Iannetta, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||6||1||1||0||1||2||5||.275|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||2||0||1||1||0||.304|
|Ryan Spilborghs, RF||7||1||2||4||0||1||4||.252|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||4||0||0||0||2||1||2||.224|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.261|
|Jason Marquis, SP||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.189|
|Seth Smith, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.297|
|Garrett Atkins, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Omar Quintanilla, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.163|
|Adam Eaton, P||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||.000|
|a-Bunted out for T Helton in the 10th.|
|b-Singled for C Gonzalez in the 14th.|
|HR - R Spilborghs (7)|
|RBI - T Helton (69); R Spilborghs 4 (44); A Eaton (1)|
|S - Y Torrealba (3); J Marquis (7)|
|Adam Eaton (W,3-5)||2.0||3||3||3||5||1||0||8.08|