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Even though both the starter and bullpen did a terrible job of keeping this game in check, the Rockies offense slugged their win to a win. The 12-9 win snapped a four game losing streak for the Rockies and gave them a positive to go on as they head off to Philadelphia.
Chad Bettis had a rough start against the Rangers as he allowed five runs in five innings. He walked three batters and allowed nine total hits in what was his worst start since late June. Fortunately for Bettis and the Rockies, the offense was clicking and they were determined to win this one.
The Rockies got on the board immediately when Charlie Blackmon hit his seventh lead off home run of the year. He crushed the ball to deep center field for his 15th of the year. The home run was one of four hits for Charle on the afternoon and was the first of his three runs scored.
The Rockies got three more runs in the third on four hits. A two run double from Mark Reynolds was the big hit in the inning and Daniel Descalso drove in another on a single. The three runs were erased immediately in the bottom of the inning when the Rangers scored three of their own runs.
The fourth inning was practically the same story. The Rockies scored two runs to take a three run lead again, but the Rangers came back and scored two runs of their own to cut the lead back to one again. That is just how this game went for both teams as whoever took a lead would not hold it long. Every time the Rockies scored, it seemed the Rangers answered.
In the seventh inning the Rangers finally took a lead of their own, and it was in answer to the Rockies scoring a run. The Rangers started the inning against Chris Rusin with two back to back home runs from Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland. That got Rusin removed and in came Scott Oberg. Oberg had no more luck against the Rangers as he allowed the first three batters to reach and a run to score. One more run scored in the inning from a ground out and the Rangers took a 9-7 lead.
But even though the bullpen seemed to determined to lose this game, the Rockies offense had it in them to take the lead back. In the eighth inning, the Rockies scored five runs on three hits and three walks. The big hit came when Carlos Gonzalez came on to pinch hit with the bases loaded. He ripped a bases clearing double to left center and gave the Rockies a 12-9 lead.
Jake McGee ran into a scare in the bottom of the inning, but worked around trouble to keep the score the same. Adam Ottavino then came in for the ninth and worked the best inning of the day for the Rockies. He struck out the side with a couple of friendly calls from the home plate umpire and the Rockies won the game.
It was no easy win and it is certainly not the blueprint for a winning season, but the Rockies took a game from the Rangers as they had done the previous three games. The Rockies now head to Philadelphia for what is hopefully an easier series. It is a four game set and the Rockies need to win at least two to not fall to far out of the playoff picture.