Extra inning homer pushes Rockies ahead

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Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today Sports

The Rockies played a close game on Sunday and it went into extras before a winner was decided. It took a home run from Mark Reynolds, the 250th of his career, to give the Rockies the lead and they then had to lock it down with their closer Adam Ottavino. He did just that and the Rockies split the series with the San Diego Padres.

Chad Bettis had another great start in this game, although not as great as his last time out, but it was still plenty for the Rockies to earn the win. The offense did struggle to get much going against opposing starter Jackson, but they got the final run that pushed them forward for the win. Bettis ended up going seven innings while allowing only two runs on four hits and a walk. He only struck out five, but he was getting the out when he needed them.

The only offense got before their tenth inning home run came from leadoff man Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon is having a career year with his.313 average and his terrific power numbers. Charlie continued to increase his career high home run total with a solo shot in the fourth that got the Rockies on the board. He then singled in the second Rockies run in the fifth to put the Rockies up 2-0. That lead would not last, but those two runs were certainly integral in the Rockies win.

After Chad Bettis allowed two runs in the sixth from a triple and sac fly, he went another inning before giving way to the bullpen. For most Rockies fans, this would strike fear into their hearts as the bullpen has just not been very good in close games. Fortunately for the Rockies, the bullpen has seemed to gain some confidence in the last couple of games and they did well on Sunday.

Boone Logan came on to start the eighth and he earned a quick two outs. Jordan Lyles then came on to face the righty Wil Myers. Myers worked out a walk and Yangervis Solarte the singled to put two on for pinch hitter Hector Sanchez. Sanchez lined a ball into the shift that DJ timed a perfect jump to catch the ball in the air.

Jake McGee then worked a clean ninth, aside from a walk, and the Rockies sent the game to extras. Mark Reynolds hit the solo home run to give the Rockies lead and they took a lead into the bottom of the tenth.

Adam Ottavino walked the first batter of the inning, but he would get no further than second as Ottavino retired the next three batters to earn the save. The Rockies will now head off to Arizona on a high note with the win on Sunday and they will try and win the series against the Dbacks.

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