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With Chad Bettis on the mound and the Rockies close to losing a series against the Diamondbacks, someone had to step up. Luckily that someone was actually a few different players for the Rockies as the offense and bullpen stepped up to grab the win. Four home runs for the Rockies and a shutout over the final four innings gave the Rockies a 9-7 walk off win.
The Dbacks got to Bettis early and often knocking him from the game in the sixth inning, but not before tallying their six and seventh run off of him. Those runs gave the Diamondbacks the lead after they had lost it in the fifth.
Down by a score of 5-1 in the fifth inning, the Rockies got a sac fly and their second home run on the day, a grand slam from Carlos Gonzalez, to give them a 6-5 lead. It was Cargo’s 16th homer on the year and his fifth career grand slam. It was a clutch home run at the time, but the Rockies quickly found themselves in a deficit again and having to fight back, like they’ve had to in every game this series.
But fight back is exactly what the Rockies would do. Down by a run in the seventh, Trevor Story hit his 19th homer of the year, a solo shot to center, to tie the game at 7-7. Tying the game hardly meant the Rockies would win this game with the way the bullpen has been going, but on Sunday afternoon the bullpen stepped up and kept Arizona off the board.
Coming on after Chad Bettis left in the sixth was recent call up Yohan Flande. Flande, Lyles, Logan, and Estevez worked the sixth through ninth innings while striking out six, walking none, and allowing three harmless singles.
Taking a tie into the ninth, the Rockies had a great opportunity to walk off for their first time this year. Trevor Story was hit by pitch in the hand, a moment that may have Story away from a couple of games, but it also capped an excellent day for Story at the plate in which he reached five times, with two hits, two walks, and the HBP. The next two batters didn’t do anything productive and Mark Reynolds came to the plate. With the man on, Reynolds absolutely crushed his first career walk off home run to deep center field. That shot sealed the victory for the Rockies and earned Estevez the win. It kept the Rockies ahead of the Dbacks in the division and kept them at 4.5 back of the wild card.
Despite being 3 games under .500, the Rockies are sticking around and with some streaking upwards, they could see themselves competing down the stretch. They will take on the Blue Jays on Monday and see Tulo for the first time since trading him away last year. It should be an explosive series as both teams can hit some bombs, so it will come down to which pitchers can step up.