Brad Hawpe's two-out sinking liner in the top of the 11th fell
in between Suzuki and a diving Reed, allowing Matt Holliday to
score from second in the Rockies' 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners
Both Suzuki and Reed made aggressive initial moves toward the
liner, but there appeared to be a miscommunication over who would
take the ball. Reed's diving effort might land him on the disabled
list after he broke his right thumb when he landed awkwardly.
"Either one of us could have gotten it, but both of us thought
about it and didn't go all the way," Suzuki said through a
Reed is scheduled to see a hand specialist in Seattle on Monday.
J.D. Closser followed with a single to shallow center, just over
the head of second baseman Jose Lopez, to score Hawpe with what
proved to be the winning run. The Rockies took two of three from
the Mariners and finished interleague play 11-4, the best record in
the National League.
"We've had good fortune with it this year, there is no doubt
about it," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of the Rockies'
interleague success. "We took advantage of it this year, now we've
got to get the (NL) West in front of us and focus on that."
Suzuki hit his sixth home run in the bottom of the 11th off
reliever Scott Dohmann, but Ray King picked up his first save since
2001 when he got Raul Ibanez to fly out to the warning track in
center for the final out.
Suzuki was 6-for-11 with two homers and a triple in the
"I'm glad we're not facing Ichiro anymore. Obviously he was a
real rock in our shoe," Hurdle said.
Holliday, headed for his first All-Star game, led off the 11th
with a double down the right-field line off reliever Julio Mateo
(5-2). After Garrett Atkins grounded out and Jorge Piedra fouled
out to third, Hawpe hit a 2-2 pitch from Eddie Guardado.
Hawpe was hitting just .222 with runners in scoring position and
two outs, and Closser's single was only his ninth RBI of the
Brian Fuentes (2-1) retired the last two batters of the ninth
and pitched a perfect 10th for the win. He stifled the Mariners'
chance to win it in the ninth.
Fuentes struck out Ibanez on four pitches, then got Willie
Bloomquist to tap back to the mound to end the threat. Lefties are
hitting just .069 against Fuentes.
"I had never faced him before and he's funky and his fastball
comes up. It's a totally different look," Ibanez said. "He's
definitely a tough at-bat."
Seattle missed a chance to move into a virtual tie with Oakland
atop the American League West. The Mariners had won their last five
series and finished 14-4 in interleague games.
Ibanez led off the sixth with a hard grounder down the
first-base line. Todd Helton made a nice diving stop but couldn't
scramble to the base in time as Ibanez won the race with a
Sexson then hit the first pitch from Jennings 408 feet into the
left-field seats, curling just inside the foul pole.
It was Jennings' only mistake, as he allowed just two runs and
seven hits in seven innings. He has not lost in his last five
starts, going 3-0 during that stretch. He escaped a jam in the
seventh, when Lopez flew out to shallow right and Hawpe threw out
Yuniesky Betancourt at home trying to score from third.
Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn was solid, but lost a chance at
his first win since June 9 in the eighth. Jamey Carroll walked to
lead off, and Clint Barmes was safe on a bunt single. Helton then
walked on four pitches and Washburn was pulled.
Closer J.J. Putz got Holliday to fly out to right and Carroll
chose not to test Suzuki. But Atkins came through, lining out to
Suzuki in deep right, allowing Carroll to score.
Colorado's other run off Washburn came in the fifth. With one
out, Choo Freeman singled to right off the glove of Lopez,
advancing Closser to third, and Closser scored on Carroll's
sacrifice fly to center.
Washburn scattered six hits and struck out three, but walked
four batters. He has won just once since May 24 and picked up his
third straight no-decision.
Colorado improved to 5-1 in extra-inning games. Seattle
fell to 3-4. ... Beltre had a 14-game hitting streak snapped. ...
Helton singled in the sixth, his 32nd straight game reaching base
via a hit or walk. It's the longest streak of his career and three
games shy of the club record.