The Colorado Rockies came up one run short in the ninth inning and lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, on Friday night. Wilkin Castillo singled with men on second and third base, but Chad Tracy attempted to score after Andrew Brown and was gunned down at the plate on a relay throw from right fielder Donald Lutz to catcher Corky Miller, ending the game.
The Rockies saved all of their offense for the top of the ninth inning. With Carlos Fisher pitching, Tyler Colvin started things off with a walk and then moved to second on a Brendan Harris walk. Andrew Brown singled in Colvin before Tim Wheeler struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. Tracy followed with a ground-rule double to score Harris. Brown was called back on the play after the ball was deemed unplayable after being lodged in the outfield fence.
Alex White started for the Rockies but had trouble in the second inning. He allowed a walk and two singles to the first three batters of the frame, the second single scoring a run. He looked on his way to leaving the inning without any more damage done following a strike out of Devin Mesoraco and a fly out to Ryan Hanigan, but then Drew Stubbs hammered a ball over the left center field wall for a three-run home run.
White faced a bases-loaded situation late in the inning after walking Scott Rolen, but Jay Bruce struck out to end the threat. His final line was four innings pitched, four runs allowed on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Reds' Mat Latos effectively shutdown the Rockies for four innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Brett Tomko struck out three and didn't allow any Rockies hits over three innings. Fisher took the hook for five hits and all the runs.
The Rockies (7-6) are back in action on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Root Sports will televise the game.
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