That was really more difficult than it should have been.
Going into the seventh inning, the Rockies were cruising with a 4-0 lead over the Diamondbacks with Jhoulys Chacin having allowed just one hit in six innings of work.
The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the second thanks to Troy Tulowitzki's leadoff double and a trio of two-strike singles from Wilin Rosario, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu.
Tulo added a third run with his ninth home run of the season in the third inning and LeMahieu's double in the fourth scored Arenado, who made a nice play to avoid Paul Goldschmidt's tag on an errant throw by Didi Gregorius, to give the Rockies a 4-0 advantage.
However, with one out in the top of the seventh the wheels fell off. A crucial Jordan Pacheco error was sandwiched between two walks, loading the bases for Jason Kubel, who drove in a pair of runs with a double and Martin Prado who drove in two more with a single, tying the game at four and chasing Chacin.
Neither team scored in the next three innings, until former Rockie Matt Reynolds entered the game for Arizona. Reynolds retired Charlie Blackmon before giving up a double to Carlos Gonzalez. With first base open, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson elected to walk Tulowitzki in order to face Rosario.
That decision proved costly as Rosario became the second Rockies catcher with a walk-off hit in 2013, driving Reynolds' breaking ball to right field, scoring Gonzalez and giving the Rockies the 5-4 extra inning win.
Wilton Lopez got his first win in a Rockies uniform, and he was only in the game because Rafael Betancourt left the game in the 10th inning with an injury, reported as a tight groin by Walt Weiss postgame. Lopez picked up his teammate though, recording three outs with just four pitches.
The rubber game of the series is tomorrow afternoon, with Jorge De La Rosa on the mound for the Rockies against the Diamondbacks' Trevor Cahill. The Rockies will move into a tie for first place with a victory tomorrow if Washington's 8th inning 2-1 lead over San Francisco holds up.
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