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Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 6: Wilin Rosario hits first career walk-off home run

The Rockies' struggling catcher certainly didn't struggle on Thursday.

Doug Pensinger

This game seemed like it was going to be a little too little, a little too late tonight. The Rockies mounted multiple comebacks in the eigth after falling down 6-1, but didn't seem to have anything left until unlikely hero Wilin Rosario hit a walk-off home run.

Yohan Flande actually pitched very well ... when he was in the game. He used only 59 pitches to get through five innings but Walt Weiss took Flande out before letting him face the Arizona lineup for a third time. This would probably be a good plan normally as Yohan has struggled in those situations, but removing him did not help tonight. Tommy Kahnle entered the game and never got an out while letting two runs score and leaving two more on base. Matt Belisle came in to clean up the mess, but the inherited runners scored and the Diamondbacks' lead grew to five runs. However, Franklin Morales and LaTroy Hawkins kept Arizona from getting any more runs by combining for three zeroes over the final three innings, giving Colorado's offense a chance to get back in it.

The Rockies offense out hit the Diamondbacks, 13-6, and had six extra-base hits to Arizona's zero. However, the Diamondbacks made the most of their baserunners while the Rockies seemed to get some steam only when the pitcher was coming up, and then they would be out of the inning. It happened in the sixth when they scored two and again in the eighth, although a pinch hitter got the team through for a couple more batters. This loss of opportunity seemed to be happening again in the ninth when Corey Dickerson led off the inning with a pinch hit single followed by two fly outs from Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer.

But Rosario, who went 4-for-5 on the night and was a triple shy of the cycle, picked his teammates up with a home run to send the team and fans home happy. With 62 wins, the Rockies need only one more over their final nine games to avoid 100 losses.

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Source: FanGraphs