DENVER -- With the prospect of losing to the bottom dwelling Brewers on a Yuniesky Betancourt home run and ending a 10 game home stand against said bottom dwellers with a 4-6 record, the heart of the order was able to wake from its slumber and deliver a comeback to send the Rockies on the road on a positive note.
"Great job battling back for us," manager Walt Weiss said after the game. "Our offense is showing some signs of coming to life and that's a good thing."
Down 5-4 in the 8th, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer hit back to back doubles to lead off, while Nolan Arenado singled sharply to center with one out to bring across the go-ahead run.
"The wind got taken out of our sails a little bit in the top of the inning, so for Tulo to get a double to lead off the inning ... luckily we were able to scrape (the run) across," Cuddyer said after the game.
When Betancourt, perhaps the worst everyday player in the big leagues, had just hit a two run shot off of Matt Belisle with the Rockies clinging to a one run lead in the top of the 8th, things looked bleak for a Rockies squad in desperate need of a win.
"Another no-excuse pitch, I put it on a Tee for him," Belisle said after the game. "As soon as it left my hand I knew it was not gonna be good, the ball got away from me -- hasn't happened in a while."
Before the eighth-inning rally, the Rockies had already overcome an early 3-1 deficit thanks to a cornucopia of solo home runs -- one by each of the top four hitters in the lineup.
Troy Tulowitzki opened the game's scoring with a solo shot in the first, while Corey Dickerson headlined the show with his first MLB homer, a shot to right center in the 6th. Dickerson's homer was swiftly coupled with Michael Cuddyer's solo blast two batters later, while Dexter Fowler temporarily put the Rockies ahead in the 7th with an opposite field shot hitting right-handed.
"It was good to see Corey swing the bat -- he's had an unbelievable year down in AAA," Weiss said. "We think he's going to be a nice addition for us."
In all, the Rockies had 12 hits on the night, including Todd Helton's 37th career triple - his first since April 27, 2012. Fowler, Dickerson, Tulowitzki, Cuddyer, and Arenado all had multi-hit efforts on the day.
Jhoulys Chacin, as Rockies starters have done throughout July, pitched well enough to win in this one - though he was denied by Betancourt's HR. He went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. After he allowed single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, Chacin was able to shut down the Brewers for the next three frames.
"I battled for four innings -- I was getting behind and they took advantage, my sinker wasn't going down," said Chacin. "After that I was able to get the ball down and give the team a chance to get back in the game."
Rex Brothers shut the door for his 7th save, and that was all she wrote on this one.
The win clinched the series and salvaged a 5-5 home stand for the Rockies. Against a slate of teams that were at the bottom of the NL, that's not good for the Rockies' playoff aspirations -- but a 5-5 record beats a 4-6 mark. Next up, the Rockies will head out on a tough 10 game East Coast road trip.
"We've got to make a run here at some point and we're fully capable of doing it," Weiss said. "We're getting great pitching and that's a good place to start, the bats seem to be coming around."
Added Belisle: "We've talked amongst ourselves and understand that we know who we are and we know who we're chasing. If we're gonna do this we're going to have to pick up the way we're playing -- we all know that we're capable of it."
We Salute: Cuddyer (.398 WPA), Brothers (.204), Chacin (.170), Tulowitzki (.164), Fowler (.129), Dickerson (.106)
We Are Disappointed In: Belisle (-.329), Jonathan Herrera (-.137)
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