10:00 PM ET, October 15, 2007
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
|• Summary: The Rockies, one of the hottest teams ever down the stretch, continued their remarkable run, knocking off the D-backs 6-4 to sweep Arizona and advance to the franchise's first World Series.
• Hero: Matt Holliday, who was named NLCS MVP, nailed a three-run shot to cap off Colorado's six-run outburst in the fourth inning.
• Boulder dash: The Rockies joined the 1976 Reds as the only teams to start a postseason with seven straight wins. Colorado has won 10 in a row, 21 of 22 overall, and lost only once since Sept. 16.
• Team of destiny?: Colorado, which sneaked into the playoffs after a 13-inning win over San Diego in the wild-card tiebreaker, had never won more than 83 games before going 90-73 this season.
• Quotable: "It's unbelievable. I never dreamed I'd have this opportunity. With this group of guys, I'm so excited to be a part of it." -- Holliday
-- ESPN.com news services
Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 4
The Rockies have now won their first seven games of the postseason, joining some elite company. Here are the most consecutive wins to start the playoffs (since 1969):
|* -- Won World Series|
|The Rockies and Broncos both won on Sept. 16, but since then the state boasts only one dominant team. Here's how the state's teams have fared since that date:|
Arizona hadn't lost four straight game since a five-game slide July 4-8. ... The only team to sweep a NLCS since it went to a best-of-seven format in 1985 was the Atlanta Braves, who blanked Cincinnati in 1995. ... Denver mayor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter presided over a temporary renaming of 21st Street in front of Coors Field to "Rockies Road" before taking in the game together. ... The D-backs went 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position in the series and scored just eight times, the fewest in an NLCS of at least four games since Pittsburgh was held to 12 runs in seven games in 1991. ... The Rockies trailed in just two of the 38 innings in this series. ... Holliday leads all players in the postseason with four home runs. ... Colorado's starters posted a 1.66 ERA. ... Corpas leads all closers in the playoffs with five saves.
|3rd||C Jackson singled to center, M Owings scored, E Byrnes to second.||1||0|
|4th||S Smith doubled to shallow left, B Hawpe and T Tulowitzki scored.||1||2|
|4th||K Matsui singled to center, S Smith scored, W Taveras to second.||1||3|
|4th||M Holliday homered to center, W Taveras and K Matsui scored.||1||6|
|8th||C Snyder homered to left, S Drew and C Jackson scored.||4||6|
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|Stadium||Coors Field, Denver, CO|
|Attendance||50,213 (99.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||58 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tom Hallion, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Tim Mcclelland|