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Helton's sacrifice fly in 15th lifts Rockies over Giants

CBSSports.com wire reports

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies kept loading the bases, first in the 10th inning, then in the 13th and again the next inning. And not once did they push a run across.

Todd Helton finally came through, on the fourth try, when his sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 15th inning Sunday night gave Colorado a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Helton's first-pitch fly off Guillermo Mota (0-3) ended a 5-hour, 24-minute marathon -- the longest game by time in Coors Field history and second longest in franchise history. Dexter Fowler led off with a triple and scored the winning run after reaching base for the seventh time in eight plate appearances.

Mota issued two intentional walks to load the bases for Helton, who has been mired in a season-long slump and entered the game in the ninth. He grounded into an inning-ending double play in the 11th and struck out with the bases loaded to end the 13th.

"It was good to get it over with," Helton said. "Get put in that situation enough, bound to come through sooner or later. That was just a result of Dexter hitting a triple. Dexter got on base seven times -- that's pretty amazing."

Fowler went 10 for 16 with four triples, seven runs and seven walks in the four-game series that ended with three Rockies victories. Colorado stranded a franchise-record 20 baserunners, including 12 from the eighth through 14th, before winning their longest game this season.

Randy Flores (2-0), the seventh Rockies pitcher, worked the 15th after Esmil Rogers gave the Rockies four scoreless innings, allowing two hits with five strikeouts.

"What a job he did," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He was throwing unhittable stuff in there, which is why we weren't going to take him out of the game."

Rogers escaped trouble in the 13th when right fielder Seth Smith attempted to backhand Aubrey Huff's sinking liner and the ball went past him for a triple. Rogers struck out pinch hitter Pat Burrell and Eli Whiteside, then intentionally walked Juan Uribe before Edgar Renteria grounded out to end the threat.

The Rockies took a 3-0 lead into the eighth behind Jason Hammel, who held the Giants to five singles through seven scoreless innings. He gave up a leadoff homer to pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz followed by a Andres Torres' inside-the-park homer, the ball rattling around the right-field corner and eluding Ryan Spilborghs.

"That's just an incredible game to win," Tracy said. "It would have been very, very difficult to take to be on the short end of it. I thank God we have a day off tomorrow, I really do, because that is going to be very, very benefical to a lot of people."

The Giants have no such luck. After losing for the 10th time in 12 games, they flew to Milwaukee where they play an afternoon game Monday.

"Tough loss," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We battled our hearts out and couldn't get a hit when we needed one."

The Giants went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base, while the Rockies went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position, leading to a slew of stranded runners.

Fowler was left on base four times as he went 3 for 4 with two triples and a career-high four walks. The switch-hitter, recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Colorado Springs after a one-month stay, has been a completely different hitter from the left side after struggling early on.

"I think I was pressing," said Fowler, who now holds his hands lower batting left-handed than he did before going to the minors. "That whole stance allows me to get my hands up, see the ball better. I'm not swinging at the pitches I was swinging at."

Bochy said, "We didn't execute pitches to him the whole series. We had trouble throwing strikes, and he wouldn't expand the strike zone."


  • With a single in the ninth, Rockies SS Clint Barmes extended his hitting streak to 12 games, one short of his career high.
  • Rockies 3B Ian Stewart was not available after bruising his elbow Saturday night when he was hit by a pitch from Barry Zito.
  • Hammel is 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA in eight starts since his last loss on May 21.
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Todd Helton sends the Rockies and their fans home happy with his game-winning RBI in the 15th inning.  (AP)
Todd Helton sends the Rockies and their fans home happy with his game-winning RBI in the 15th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Torres
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 1

D. Fowler
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0

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San Francisco Giants
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Freddy Sanchez, 2B7010024 .287
Aubrey Huff, LF-1B6010123 .288
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5110002 .269
    Denny Bautista, P00000001.000
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
   a- Pat Burrell, PH1000011 .255
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
Buster Posey, C4010001 .300
    Eli Whiteside, PR-C3000022 .253
Travis Ishikawa, 1B4021000 .311
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Juan Uribe, 3B1000100 .255
Edgar Renteria, SS6000015 .305
Aaron Rowand, CF6010030 .238
Matt Cain, P2000011 .100
   b- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF4111000 .267
a-struck out for Ray in the 13th
b-homered for Cain in the 8th
3B - Aubrey Huff (3, Rogers)
HR - Andres Torres (4, Hammel), Nate Schierholtz (2, Hammel)
SH - Guillermo Mota (1)
RBI - Andres Torres (24), Travis Ishikawa (9), Nate Schierholtz (11)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Ishikawa (6)
SB - Andres Torres (16, 2nd base off Hammel/Iannetta)
CS - Andres Torres (4, 2nd base by Rogers/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 11
Outfield Assists - Andres Torres 1
DP - Renteria-Huff, Torres-Whiteside
E - Eli Whiteside (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
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Jeremy Affeldt 0.1100000 4.85
Sergio Romo 0.2000110 2.43
Santiago Casilla 1100120 2.35
Dan Runzler 0.1100000 3.49
Denny Bautista 1100310 2.36
Chris Ray 1.2000010 3.18
Brian Wilson 1200120 2.04
Guillermo Mota (L,0-3) 1.1111510 3.06
IBB - C. Gonzalez by Denny Bautista, Mora by Guillermo Mota, by Iannetta, by Herrera, by C. Gonzalez
WP - Matt Cain (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 109-70, Jeremy Affeldt 8-5, Sergio Romo 14-8, Santiago Casilla 26-15, Dan Runzler 10-7, Denny Bautista 28-13, Chris Ray 16-10, Brian Wilson 26-14, Guillermo Mota 40-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 4-9, Dan Runzler 1-0, Denny Bautista 2-0, Chris Ray 2-1, Brian Wilson 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 29, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Sergio Romo 3, Santiago Casilla 5, Dan Runzler 2, Denny Bautista 7, Chris Ray 4, Brian Wilson 6, Guillermo Mota 9
Colorado Rockies
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Jonathan Herrera, 2B4011122 .307
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5011315 .295
Jason Giambi, 1B4010012 .216
    Aaron Cook, PR0000000 .214
    Todd Helton, 1B3001014 .246
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3020010 .269
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Melvin Mora, 3B5000213 .244
Chris Iannetta, C4121322 .211
Clint Barmes, SS6020127 .257
Jason Hammel, P3000012 .136
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P1000011 .000
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH1000003 .272
    Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .200
   c- Miguel Olivo, PH1000003 .307
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Spilborghs in the 8th
b-grounded out for Street in the 10th
c-flied out for Rogers in the 14th
3B - Dexter Fowler 2 (7, Cain, Mota)
HR - Chris Iannetta (4, Cain)
SF - Jonathan Herrera (2), Todd Helton (3)
SH - Jonathan Herrera 2 (3), Esmil Rogers (1)
RBI - Jonathan Herrera (9), Carlos Gonzalez (52), Todd Helton (16), Chris Iannetta (8)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Iannetta (4)
SB - Seth Smith (2, 3rd base off Mota/Whiteside)
CS - Dexter Fowler (5, 2nd base by Cain/Posey), Carlos Gonzalez (5, 2nd base by Cain/Posey)
Team LOB - 20
DP - Mora-Herrera-Giambi
E - Jonathan Herrera (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
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Matt Belisle (H,11) 0.1000000 2.70
Joe Beimel (H,14) 0.1011100 2.39
Rafael Betancourt (BS,2) 0.1200000 4.70
Huston Street 2100010 2.16
Esmil Rogers 4200150 4.55
Randy Flores (W,2-0) 1000000 3.20
IBB - Uribe by Esmil Rogers
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 110-78, Matt Belisle 1-1, Joe Beimel 11-7, Rafael Betancourt 6-5, Huston Street 27-20, Esmil Rogers 55-36, Randy Flores 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 7-5, Matt Belisle 1-0, Joe Beimel 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Huston Street 1-4, Esmil Rogers 4-2, Randy Flores 3-1
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 28, Matt Belisle 1, Joe Beimel 2, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 7, Esmil Rogers 14, Randy Flores 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35274
Game Time - 5:24
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman