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Rockies Blow Eight-Run Lead, Manage Walk-Off Win Anyway

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After falling behind 9-1 to the Rockies by the seventh inning, the Giants stormed back to tie the game—only to ultimately fall short, as Colorado walked off with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Colorado jumped out to a big lead early thanks to a shoddy outing by Matt Moore, lit up for eight runs in three innings. An hour later, San Francisco started their comeback with a two-run homer from Buster Posey in the seventh inning. They really broke things open in the eighth, with four hits (two of them dingers) to score five runs total. That still left them one run short, which they picked up in the ninth on two singles and a sac fly—and they came very close to scoring once more to take the lead.


With two outs in the ninth, Denard Span tried to come home from third on a wild pitch. But he was tagged out on a close play, upheld on a replay review, and the game headed to the bottom of the inning with the score tied.

But no extra innings would be needed. With Hunter Strickland on the mound for San Francisco, the Rockies managed a single, a walk and finally a game-winning hit from Raimel Tapia to recapture the lead they’d lost and send everybody home with a 10-9 victory.


It’s a key win for Colorado, allowing them to take back sole control of first place in the NL West with a one-game lead over both the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks. (And an, uh, 16.5 game-lead over the Giants now. Ouch.)

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