Rockies End Skid With 12-4 Win At Detroit
The Colorado Rockies (25-38) ended an eight game losing streak, and picked up their first interleague win in ten tries, with a 12-4 win over the Detroit Tigers (30-34) last night in Motown. The game was tied before Colorado put up eight runs in the top of the tenth. The two teams face off again this afternoon at 2:05 MT in Detroit (TV: Root Sports).
The eight 10th-inning runs, which included a three-run homer by Carlos Gonzalez and a solo shot by Michael Cuddyer, were the most the club had ever scored in extras. The Rockies' previous high beyond the ninth was five in the 14th inning on Aug. 24, 2009, at home against the Giants.
Colorado also had decent starting pitching -- something notably missing during the skid -- from veteran lefty Jeff Francis, who atoned for a poor outing in his 2012 Rockies debut with 5 1/3 innings (four runs, eight hits), and saw Chris Nelson triple and homer, drive in three runs and score three times.
Official: Friday's Box Score.
Francis, who spent 2004-10 with the Rockies and was the team's No. 1 pitcher for much of that time, gave up eight runs and 10 hits -- all singles -- on Saturday while losing to the Angels in his return to the club. On Friday, he shut down the Tigers after they had scored three times with one out in the third, and escaped jams in the fourth and fifth.
"For us to come here, keep it tight and have a bust-out like we did in the 10th inning is huge for the team," Francis said.
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