Rockies rally and stun Giants with a 9th inning comeback
AP June 15, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
SAN FRANCISCO--Colorado rallied with five runs in the ninth inning to stun major league-leading San Francisco in their own ballpark on Friday, beating the Giants 7-4.
The Rockies were listless at the plate for most of the night, trailed 4-2 and had gone five straight innings without a hit before rallying off Giants closer Sergio Romo, who went into the games tied for most saves in the majors.
In other key games, the New York Yankees shut out Oakland and continued their form surge, Toronto also had a shutout win on the road at Baltimore, and Cincinnati edged error-ridden Milwaukee.
Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki opened the ninth with a single off Romo (3-2) but was replaced by pinch-runner Charlie Culberson after injuring his foot reaching first base. After Justin Morneau singled, Romo retired Wilin Rosario on a fly to center field. He then intentionally walked Corey Dickerson to load the bases.
Ryan Wheeler hit a two-run single to tie the game 4-4, and D.J. LeMahieu's soft single to centerfield drove in Dickerson for what proved the winner.
New York's David Phelps was in command on the mound, steering the Yankees to a 7-0 win at Oakland and their fourth-straight victory.
Phelps (2-4) did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and went 6-2/3 scoreless innings.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner each drove in a run as the Yankees built a 3-0 lead in the first two innings and their remaining four runs all came in the eighth.
Toronto starter Drew Hutchison pitched seven scoreless innings in another sparkling performance on the road, guiding the Blue Jays to a 4-0 win at Baltimore.
Hutchison (5-4) allowed only one runner past second base and outpitched Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8), whot fell to 0-6 at home and continued to struggle in year one of a lucrative four-year contract.
Hutchison curiously has a 4-1 record with an impressive 1.79 ERA on the road, but a dismal 8.72 ERA and 1-3 record at home.
Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays.
Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the ninth inning to give the Reds a 6-5 win over Milwaukee, which committed four errors.
Hamilton lined his single to right field off Francisco Rodriguez (2-2), and Reds closer Aroldis Chapman held up that advantage in the bottom of the ninth, quickly retiring three batters to close it out.
Atlanta's Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to lay the foundations for the Braves' 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
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