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Rockies Outlast Padres 8-6 In 12 Innings

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The Colorado Rockies (36-57) ended their three-game losing streak with Jordan Pacheco’s 12th inning RBI single, propelling the team to an 8-6 win over the San Diego Padres (40-56) last night in California. It was Pacheco’s 4th RBI of the night. The rubber game of the series is this afternoon at 2:05 MT at Petco Park (TV: Root Sports).

Rockies starter Jeff Francis gave up five runs in five innings, but struck out five and didn’t walk anyone and left with a 6-5 lead. Padres starter Kip Wells held the Rockies to one hit in the first three innings, but the Rockies touched him for six runs on eight hits — including Pacheco’s two-run single and one-run double — and a walk in the fourth and fifth frames.

Beyond that, stellar work by the teams’ combined bullpens meant there was one run between the end of the fifth and the top of the 12th — Yasmani Grandal’s two-out, two-strike single off Matt Belisle to drive in the tying run in the eighth.

Official: Saturday’s Box Score.

With one out and two on against Belisle in the ninth, Padres pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay pulled a liner to right field only to see Tyler Colvin — playing toward the gap because Kotsay typically doesn’t pull the ball — make an all-out diving catch.

“I didn’t think I was going to get there,” Colvin said. “I went at it hard and as I got closer and closer, I realized I was going to have a chance.”

Although Francis saw his streak of starts giving up three or fewer runs end at six, it turned out to be a night of accomplishment for the Rockies’ paired pitching system that uses four starters plus relievers poised to cover innings between when the starter leaves and the late bullpen takes charge.

Right-hander Adam Ottavino, whom Tracy wants to join Josh Roenicke in that crucial role between the starters and the matchup guys, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and forced a double-play grounder. Rex Brothers struck out both batters he faced. Belisle pitched around four hits while giving up a run.

The hits in the 12th made a winner of righty Carlos Torres for the second time in his career and first time since Sept. 3, 2009 with the White Sox. Torres pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Rafael Betancourt’s perfect 12th with one strikeout put an end to a game worth framing.

Tickets are available for the Rockies’ next home game at Coors Field vs. the Cincinnati Reds on July 27th, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]

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