Ryan McMahon owned the night on Tuesday, but the Diamondbacks owned the final line.
The Rockies’ third baseman blasted three solo homers for a combined 1,247 feet in the series opener against Arizona and tied a franchise record with 14 total bases. But the Diamondbacks prevailed 10-8 anyways after plating three runs off rookie southpaw Ben Bowden in a decisive 13th.
Colorado dropped to 1-4 in the loss at Coors Field. Beyond wasting McMahon’s career night at the plate, the defeat also squandered a two-out, ninth-inning homer by Sam Hilliard to force extras as well as RBIs by Josh Fuentes and Garrett Hampson to further extend the game.
With the California tiebreaker rule in effect for Colorado’s first extra-innings game of the year, an error by C.J. Cron on a grounder through his legs allowed the Diamondbacks to re-take a 6-5 lead in the 10th. But the Rockies came back again, with Fuentes’ pinch-hit RBI double tying the game. Hampson also helped Colorado respond, with a sacrifice fly to score Fuentes in the 12th to tie the game at 7-7.
But it wasn’t enough for Colorado in a game that lasted 4 hours, 26 minutes and was the longest extra-innings game the Rockies have played with the California rule in effect, after their longest game in 2020 (the first year of the rule) went 11 innings.
McMahon got Colorado on the board first on a chilly night in LoDo where the game was delayed 51 minutes by rain. His homer to right-center in the second made it 1-0, and then two batters later, Dom Nunez’s rope down the right field line barely cleared the wall for a 2-0 lead.
Another McMahon homer in the fourth, this one to center field and again off Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver, put Colorado up 3-0. But that advantage would not hold.
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The Diamondbacks got on the board in the fifth with Weaver’s two-out, RBI-single. Then in the sixth, German Marquez made a mistake on an elevated sinker to Christian Walker, who blasted it for a two-run homer to tie the game at 3-3.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports
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