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Rockies plate eight in the 10th in win

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DETROIT -- Just when the Detroit Tigers looked like they might be ready for a turnaround, a slumping team humbled one that started the season with high expectations.

Wilin Rosario hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the 10th and the Colorado Rockies went on to score a franchise-record eight runs in an extra inning, beating the Tigers 12-4 on Friday night to snap a season-high, eight-game losing streak.

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Jose Valverde (3-2) gave up a leadoff single to Michael Cuddyer in the 10th and allowed him to get to third on a throwing error to first base after Eric Young laid down a sacrifice bunt. His miscue triggered a barrage of runs for the Rockies.

"Everyone talks about home runs and doubles, but it was a little bunt that caused us all kind of chaos," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Valverde got Jordan Pacheco to ground out to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, whose throw home got Cuddyer out. Rosario broke the tie and Luis Marte later gave up back-to-back homers to Carlos Gonzalez and Cuddyer.

The last time any team scored at least that many runs in an extra inning was Aug. 16, 2009, when the Angels scored nine runs in the 13th inning at Baltimore.

Matt Belisle (3-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings after Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers combined for 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Colorado became the last team this season to win an interleague game after going 0-9 against the American League.

"It's great to get that stigma off our back," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "This is really good for our club."

The Tigers had won five of seven during their best stretch since starting the season 9-3.

Before Valverde got roughed up, Tigers relievers Duane Below, Brayan Villarreal, Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit combined to pitch 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Detroit wasted opportunities to win the game before it was extended, leaving 11 on base.

"I'm a little disappointed," Leyland said. "We could've and should've scored more, but we didn't."

After two scoreless innings with one hit for each team, both starters -- Detroit rookie Casey Crosby and Rockies veteran Jeff Francis -- struggled in the next inning, giving up five runs and seven hits combined.

Crosby gave up a single, RBI triple and RBI double to the first three Rockies he faced in the third then walked two straight to load the bases. Detroit's defense got Crosby out of the jam, getting two straight forceouts at home, including an inning-ending double play.

The Tigers went ahead 3-2 in the third on RBI-doubles by Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder's go-ahead single.

Crosby didn't let the home team and sold-out crowd enjoy the lead long.

Chris Nelson, whose RBI triple scored the game's first run, hit a two-run homer in the fourth that bounced on top of the wall in right to put Colorado ahead 4-3.

The Tigers tied the game in the sixth on Brennan Boesch's groundout and failed to take advantage of a chance to go ahead when Delmon Young struck out with the bases loaded after Cabrera and Fielder walked.

"It happens," Young said. "Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're a window. I was a bug."

Crosby gave up four runs, six hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings in his third career start.

"He didn't have his best stuff, but he kept us in the game,' Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday said.

Crosby and outfielder Matt Young were sent to Triple-A Toledo after the game, clearing the way for right-hander Doug Fister to return from the disabled list and start Saturday and to put Thad Weber in the bullpen.

Francis allowed four runs, eight hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings in his second start of the season with the Rockies and 151st with the franchise.

The left-hander didn't have his best night, but he pitched much better than others in the rotation have lately.

"This was huge for me and for our team," Francis said. "It's a step in the right direction for me, but it is more important that we got a win. It's been a tough stretch and we needed this."

Notes

  • Detroit C Alex Avila, out with a strained right hamstring, hit before the game for the first time since going on the DL on June 6. "It's a lot better than sitting on the couch," he said. "My target is to be back next weekend."
  • Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki was eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but aggravated his strained left groin and is scheduled to see a specialist Monday for a second opinion.
  • Leyland said OF Andy Dirks is, "not doing too good," with right Achilles tendinitis that put him on the DL last month and he is scheduled to see a foot and ankle specialist.
  • Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa, on the DL recovering from elbow surgery, is scheduled to see a specialist Wednesday.
 
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The Rockies are the first team to score eight or more runs in an extra inning since August 2009.  (Getty Images)
The Rockies are the first team to score eight or more runs in an extra inning since August 2009. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4012110 .273
Marco Scutaro, SS5111101 .278
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5133110 .328
Michael Cuddyer, RF6131015 .285
Jason Giambi, DH4010003 .255
    Eric Young Jr., PR-DH1100000 .246
Todd Helton, 1B3110210 .242
Jordan Pacheco, 3B5120025 .301
    DJ LeMahieu, PR-2B0100000 .216
Wilin Rosario, C4222112 .227
Chris Nelson, 2B-3B4323113 .250
Totals4112161278  
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (7, Crosby)
3B - Chris Nelson (1, Crosby)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (17, Marte), Michael Cuddyer (10, Marte), Chris Nelson (3, Crosby)
SF - Dexter Fowler (1)
SH - Eric Young Jr. (1)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (30), Marco Scutaro (18), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (51), Michael Cuddyer (43), Wilin Rosario 2 (27), Chris Nelson 3 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (8), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (15), Michael Cuddyer (18), Chris Nelson 2 (6)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (1, 2nd base by Coke/Holaday)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 5.1844320 12.46
Adam Ottavino (BS,2) 0.1000200 2.08
Rex Brothers 1.1000120 4.30
Matt Belisle (W,3-2) 2100010 2.29
Rafael Betancourt 1000020 3.00
IBB - Cabrera by Adam Ottavino
WP - Adam Ottavino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 94-55, Adam Ottavino 18-7, Rex Brothers 25-16, Matt Belisle 23-15, Rafael Betancourt 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 10-4, Adam Ottavino 1-0, Rex Brothers 2-0, Matt Belisle 5-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 27, Adam Ottavino 3, Rex Brothers 5, Matt Belisle 7, Rafael Betancourt 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3111200 .323
Brennan Boesch, RF5001013 .247
    Gerald Laird, C0000000 .288
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3111200 .308
Prince Fielder, 1B4021101 .317
Delmon Young, DH5010015 .261
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010102 .267
Ryan Raburn, LF-RF5010013 .160
Danny Worth, 2B4000031 .182
Bryan Holaday, C3220001 .333
   a- Quintin Berry, PH-LF2000010 .288
Totals3849467  
a-struck out for Holaday in the 8th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (13, Francis), Miguel Cabrera (18, Francis), Prince Fielder (14, Francis), Jhonny Peralta (13, Francis), Ryan Raburn (7, Francis), Bryan Holaday (1, Francis)
SH - Danny Worth (2)
RBI - Austin Jackson (26), Brennan Boesch (26), Miguel Cabrera (52), Prince Fielder (42)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Fielder-Cabrera-Crosby, Fielder-Holaday, Worth-Cabrera-Fielder
E - Jose Valverde (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Casey Crosby 3.2644441 9.49
Duane Below 1.2200000 2.43
Brayan Villarreal 1.1000020 1.37
Phil Coke 0.2300010 4.00
Joaquin Benoit 1.2000110 2.12
Jose Valverde (L,3-2) 0.2361200 4.18
Luis Marte 0.1222002 4.91
IBB - Helton by Jose Valverde
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Crosby 69-42, Duane Below 24-19, Brayan Villarreal 26-17, Phil Coke 17-13, Joaquin Benoit 19-11, Jose Valverde 25-13, Luis Marte 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Crosby 4-1, Duane Below 2-2, Joaquin Benoit 1-3, Jose Valverde 2-1
Batters Faced - Casey Crosby 19, Duane Below 6, Brayan Villarreal 4, Phil Coke 4, Joaquin Benoit 6, Jose Valverde 8, Luis Marte 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41878
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Tim Tschida