One night after the Colorado Rockies traded Franklin Morales, fans will now call for Felipe Paulino to exit stage left from the team's roster. On Friday night, he entered the bottom of the 14th with a 6-5 lead. After getting the first batter out, Paulino walked Ryan Braun and then saw Prince Fielder launch a monster of a shot to right field for the 7-6 victory.
Dexter Fowler had put the Rockies in the lead in the top of the 14th on a bloop single, but it was the second time the Rockies had taken a lead in extra innings and blown the game. Seth Smith appeared to be Mr. Late Night once again when he tripled in Alfredo Amezaga for the go-ahead run, 5-4, in the top of the 13th. But then the Milwaukee Brewers' Yuniesky Betancourt decided he wanted more baseball, so he launched a Huston Street pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at five.
Rockies starter Jason Hammel turned in a solid night both on the mound and with the bat. He allowed just three runs in 6.2 innings and hit his first career home run, a two-run shot in the second inning. In the fourth inning, two errors on the same play by Jose Lopez painfully tied the game. But Rafael Betancourt gave up a home run to Casey McGehee in the eighth to blow the first save opportunity of the game.
Zack Greinke allowed four runs in six innings and struck out nine Rockies. In addition to the Jason Hammel home run, Greinke allowed Jason Giambi's fourth home run in the last two days.
The Rockies (23-20, 12-10 away) continue this series on Saturday evening at 5:10 p.m. MT. Clayton Mortensen and Shaun Marcum are the scheduled starters.