DENVER (AP) -- With the seats filled for postgame fireworks, the
Colorado Rockies started the show early.
Expect anything less at Coors Field?
Charles Johnson's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth
inning tied the game, and Colorado scored twice in the 10th on bunt
singles, snapping a five-game losing streak Friday night with a
wild 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
"You don't see an end like that very often," Rockies manager
Clint Hurdle said.
The Tigers sure thought they had it won -- twice.
Detroit led 7-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but closer
Ugueth Urbina gave up a single to Todd Helton and walked Larry
Walker. Urbina struck out Preston Wilson and pinch-hitter Kit
Pellow, but Johnson followed with his 11th homer to hand Urbina his
second blown save in 13 chances.
"It was a big hit to tie it up and we have been in need of big
hits," Johnson said.
Detroit came up with one of its own in the top of the 10th.
Shawn Chacon (1-5) got ahead of leadoff hitter Marcus Thames
0-2, but left a slider up in the zone. Thames jumped on it, hitting
it over the left-field fence for his first homer since last July 17
with Texas at Tampa Bay.
But the Rockies wouldn't go down easily.
Detroit brought in Jamie Walker (1-3), and Matt Holliday opened
the inning with a double down the line in left. Aaron Miles
followed with a bunt single and Holliday scored when third baseman
Jason Smith's throw sailed into right for an error.
Royce Clayton dropped a bunt to nearly the same spot, then
collided with second baseman Omar Infante as the ball hit him in
the back. Miles crossed the plate for the winning run as Infante
rolled around in pain on the infield dirt with a hyperextended
"You come in knowing you're in for a battle here," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "We had a shot. We should have won
Colorado had a rare sellout because of the fireworks, but didn't
give the fans much to cheer about until the late innings.
Colorado didn't score again until Holliday hit an RBI single in
the seventh inning to make it 7-4. But unlike the night before,
when they rallied with five runs in the eighth inning before losing
to Milwaukee 10-9, the Rockies finished this one off.
"We've been fighting," said Miles, who went 3-for-6 and scored
three runs. "We played a great game yesterday to come back and
nobody has given up here."
Carlos Guillen made it 6-3 in the seventh with a two-run double,
and Infante added an RBI single in the eighth to put the Tigers up
It should have been enough for a team that's already within six
games of its win total of a year ago, but the Tigers are still
young and still learning.
"We are inconsistent," Trammell said. "Here was a game we
should have won. If we were further ahead and further advanced we
probably would have. These games are part of the growing pains."
NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups, a Denver native, threw out
the first pitch. ... Kennedy tied teammate Jeff Fassero and
Milwaukee's Doug Davis for the NL lead with his fourth pickoff when
he nabbed Rondell White at first base in the second inning. ...
Wilson was 0-for-5 and is 4-for-43 since coming off the DL on June
18. ... Colorado 3B Vinny Castilla didn't start because he was
attending to a personal matter. ... Detroit OF Alex Sanchez was
2-for-5 after missing five games with a sore hamstring. ...
Trammell said he didn't think Infante's injury was serious.