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After a tough loss on Monday night, the Rockies rallied and got a great team win on Tuesday. Between the offense doing their job with two outs and runners in scoring position and the pitchers limiting damage, the Rockies earned a well deserved 6-3 win against the Orioles.
With Chris Tillman on the mound and the Orioles in the middle of a winning streak, this game looked like it would be a tough win. Tillman had been limiting teams to one run in each of his last four starts, but that streak would come to an end Tuesday.
In the first two innings no harm would come to Tillman, but that would change in the third. Three of the first four batters to come to the plate would single and the heart of the Rockies order was coming up with the bases loaded with only one out. Nolan Arenado took the first hacks at trying to drive in a run but was unsuccessful with a pop out. It would then come down to Cargo to have the clutch two out hit. That is exactly what would happen as Cargo doubled down the left field line. The ball hopped in to the stands and the Rockies would be limited to two runs on the hit, but they would score two more with the next batter. Trevor Story singled to left to drive in two more runs. The Rockies would finish the inning with four runs crossing the plate.
The Rockies managed to score two more runs in the fifth inning Nolan Arenado double in a run and would later score on a passed ball. The Rockies would finish with those six runs, but it turned out to be plenty for Chad Bettis.
Chad was terrific on Tuesday and while he did run into trouble late, it was not nearly enough to diminish his quality outing. Bettis finished the night with six solid innings while allowing only two runs. The runs came in the fifth after a two run home run from Adam Jones, but it was an otherwise terrific performance by Bettis.
The bullpen came on after Bettis left and aside from a run scoring on a wild pitch, it was a good outing by the four relief pitchers. Jake McGee came on first to work a perfect seventh inning before giving way to Scott Oberg. Oberg and Boone Logan worked the eighth and while it wasn’t a perfect inning, the only run that crossed was not enough to matter.
Carlos Estevez came on to close the ninth with a three run lead and he worked a clean and quick ninth. Facing the sixth, seventh, and eighth batters caused no trouble for Estevez and he finished the game to earn the Rockies the win.
The win set the Rockies up for a series win on Wednesday and with Jon Gray on the mound it bodes well. Gray has been terrific and he faces rookie Dylan Bundy. These are both young pitchers, but Gray has cemented himself as a top starter for the Rockies while Bundy is still finding his place with the Orioles.