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Iannetta's walk-off shot in 11th stretches Rockies' wild-card lead

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DENVER -- The only bigger surprise than the man whose homer sent the game into extra innings was the man whose homer ended it.

Pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta hit a two-run shot off David Weathers in the 11th inning to give the Colorado Rockies a 7-5 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night. The Brewers had tied it on Jason Kendall's three-run shot in the ninth.

The Rockies widened their NL wild-card lead to three games over Atlanta with five games remaining, and their unlikely hero on this night was the backup catcher who lost his starting job last month when Yorvit Torrealba got into a groove at the plate.

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"It's tough because you want to play," Iannetta said. "Torry's been playing incredibly well and it's what needed to happen. I've been struggling for most of the year. He's come up big the last month and won some games for us ... so I understand it completely.

"But it doesn't change your desire to want to play and want to contribute. That's what I've said this whole time: I just want to be able to contribute -- and it was great to do so."

His teammates were just as thrilled.

"It's good to see I-Man hit that home run right there," Todd Helton said. "Every time he goes up to the plate, you pull for him. He's such a good guy and he works really hard and it's a season-changer right there for him."

And maybe for the Rockies, who are on the cusp of clinching a playoff berth.

Iannetta, who homered off Weathers in Cincinnati earlier this season, sent a 3-2 fastball into the Rockies' bullpen in right-center for his 16th homer and first career game-ending drive.

One pitch before, Iannetta nearly went around for strike three but first base umpire Derryl Cousins ruled he held up.

"That's irrelevant," Weathers said when asked for his take. "You've got to go out there, make pitches, get people out and do your job. Tonight, I didn't make the pitch I needed to to get out of it and I paid the price. I was trying to throw a fastball away, it came back over and he hammered it."

The crowd of 39,087, pretty big for a Tuesday night in downtown Denver, let loose a loud cheer when the Braves' 5-4 loss to the Marlins was announced on the scoreboard in the middle of the sixth.

And there was a collective groan when Kendall, who also had a run-scoring groundout, hit a drive off closer Huston Street with one out in the ninth to tie it at 5.

Kendall has just one other homer in 433 at-bats this season.

"There's probably two people in the league that a home run never enters your mind -- [David] Eckstein and Kendall," Street said. "And Kendall might actually be No. 1. He's my former teammate, he's a friend of mine, someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for in the game, but definitely not as a power hitter."

Street said he just left a pitch out over the plate.

"He spun a slider," Kendall said. "I was just trying to hit a liner up the middle. I don't hit home runs, he spun one and I got the good part of the bat on it. He just left it up."

Matt Belisle (3-1) picked up the win with a perfect 11th. Weathers (4-6) walked Brad Hawpe and got pinch-hitter Jason Giambi to pop out before Iannetta connected.

Jason Marquis gave up two earned runs and six hits in six innings, and was in line for his career-high 16th win before Street absorbed his second blown save of the season.

Despite failing for the fourth time to get his 16th win, Marquis said he felt as if he found his release point and answered questions about his worthiness for a postseason rotation spot.

Milwaukee left-hander Chris Narveson baffled all of the Rockies except Helton, who hit a run-scoring single in the first inning and chased him with an RBI double in the sixth that tied it at 2. The Rockies also scored a run in the seventh when Helton hit into a double play.

As for Street, he said as soon as Iannetta's homer cleared the wall, he had put aside his disappointment stemming from his first blown save since June 2 at Houston.

"When you win after a blown save, it doesn't really matter," Street said. "It matters, but barely."

Notes

  • The Brewers said 3B Casey McGehee will have surgery after the season to remove bone fragments from his right knee.
  • Kendall's only other homer this season was Aug. 7 at Houston.
 
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Chris Iannetta, who has struggled this season, is the hero on this night with his walk-off shot in the 11th.  (AP)
Chris Iannetta, who has struggled this season, is the hero on this night with his walk-off shot in the 11th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

J. Kendall
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Felipe Lopez, 2B5010001 .310
Corey Hart, RF4110121 .260
Ryan Braun, LF5020011 .317
Prince Fielder, 1B3000211 .295
Casey McGehee, 3B4011111 .303
Mike Cameron, CF3200202 .247
J.J. Hardy, SS5110001 .228
Jason Kendall, C4114000 .240
Chris Narveson, P2010000 .167
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000010 .279
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .111
   b- Jody Gerut, PH1000000 .231
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals3758566  
a-struck out for Coffey in the 7th
b-grounded out for Villanueva in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun 2 (36, Marquis, Marquis)
HR - Jason Kendall (2, Street)
RBI - Casey McGehee (65), Jason Kendall 4 (38)
SB - Mike Cameron (7, 2nd base off Marquis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Fielder, F. Lopez-Fielder
E - Felipe Lopez (17, Throwing), Casey McGehee (14, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Narveson 5533140 4.01
Todd Coffey 1111110 3.01
Carlos Villanueva 2311120 5.24
Claudio Vargas 2000120 1.83
David Weathers (L,4-6) 0.1122101 3.98
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 73-51, Todd Coffey 24-14, Carlos Villanueva 28-18, Claudio Vargas 34-20, David Weathers 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 4-7, Todd Coffey 1-2, Carlos Villanueva 3-0, Claudio Vargas 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 21, Todd Coffey 6, Carlos Villanueva 9, Claudio Vargas 6, David Weathers 3
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4210111 .267
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4120101 .248
    Eric Young Jr., PR0000000 .260
    Matt Murton, LF0000000 .240
Todd Helton, 1B5122011 .323
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5130001 .293
Garrett Atkins, 3B2000001 .221
   a- Ian Stewart, PH-3B2000111 .227
Yorvit Torrealba, C4001010 .283
Brad Hawpe, RF3111210 .285
Clint Barmes, 2B4000024 .246
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1000001 .205
Jason Marquis, P2000011 .175
   c- Carlos Gonzalez, PH1000002 .283
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   d- Seth Smith, PH1000011 .294
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   e- Chris Iannetta, PH1112000 .228
Totals39710659  
a-walked for Atkins in the 6th
b-popped out for Barmes in the 11th
c-lined out for Marquis in the 6th
d-struck out for Betancourt in the 8th
e-homered for Belisle in the 11th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (29, Narveson), Ryan Spilborghs (24, Narveson), Todd Helton (37, Narveson), Troy Tulowitzki (25, Villanueva), Brad Hawpe (41, Villanueva)
HR - Chris Iannetta (16, Weathers)
SF - Yorvit Torrealba (4)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (84), Yorvit Torrealba (28), Brad Hawpe (83), Chris Iannetta 2 (52)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (4, 2nd base by Vargas/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Helton, Atkins-Barmes-Helton, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis 6622410 3.95
Matt Daley (H,10) 1000010 3.78
Rafael Betancourt (H,19) 1000030 2.85
Huston Street (BS,2) 1233111 3.13
Jose Contreras 0.1000100 5.08
Joe Beimel 0.2000000 3.62
Matt Belisle (W,3-1) 1000000 5.52
IBB - Fielder by Jason Marquis, by Fielder
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 85-48, Matt Daley 9-8, Rafael Betancourt 14-11, Huston Street 17-11, Jose Contreras 6-2, Joe Beimel 1-1, Matt Belisle 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 11-3, Matt Daley 1-1, Huston Street 1-1, Joe Beimel 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 25, Matt Daley 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 6, Jose Contreras 2, Joe Beimel 1, Matt Belisle 3
Game Information
Attendance - 39087
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Gerry Davis