Jason Hammel wants that fifth inning back. He did all right through the first four innings, though Bob Apodaca visited the mound in the second inning after a walk followed a run scored. After a mostly quiet third and fourth innings (there was a leadoff double to Nelson Cruz in the fourth), Hammel allowed four runs in the fifth inning. Josh Hamilton scored the first run on a sac fly. With two out, Hammel then saw Vlad Guerrero hit an RBI single and Nelson Cruz knock out a two-run homer. Hammel ended the inning by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
With the score at 6-5 Rockies in the bottom of the seventh, Rafael Betancourt didn't hold the line when Vlad Guerrero hit a sac fly and Chris Davis singled in a run.
Joe Beimel pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, inducing a pop out and two ground outs.
Offensively, Ian Stewart hit a two-run home run to right field off Matt Harrison in the second inning (2-0 Rockies) and a had an RBI single in the fifth to tie the game at five.
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