While the final score shows a bevy of offense for the Colorado Rockies, the first seven and a half innings of the Rockies' 8-3 victory was a certified pitchers' duel. It wasn't until bottom of the eighth inning when a seven-run inning broke open the game.
Down 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, Jordan Pacheco grounded out for the first out and Dexter Fowler hit into a fielder's choice that resulted in Kevin Kouzmanoff being out at second base. The fun began with two outs already on the board. Fowler moved over to second on a Mark Ellis single and then scored on a Carlos Gonzalez single. A passed ball moved both players over a base.
That's when Troy Tulowitzki stepped into the batter's box and then belted a three-run home run for a 5-3 lead. It was his 31st home run of the season. At this point, the Rockies had three straight batters reach safely since Fowler's fielder's choice. It reached nine before the final out of the inning.
Seth Smith hit his second triple of the game and drove in a run. Jordan Pacheco then plated Smith for the second time in the game on a single. Catcher Wilin Rosario reached base for the first time in the majors on a walk, which was in between the Smith triple and Pacheco's second hit of the game. Rosario scored on a bases-loaded walk to Dexter Fowler.
The seven runs scored in a single inning were a season-best for the Rockies.
Jason Hammel (4.98 ERA) turned in a great start, allowing just two runs in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked just one. Matt Belisle took his 10th win of the season, most among relievers.
The Rockies (67-75, 36-34 home) finish this series on Wednesday night with Kevin Millwood on the mound.