Jorge De La Rosa worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth that began with runners at first and third and nobody out. A ground-ball to third resulted in a rundown that he finished himself. That was followed by the 999th strike-out of De La Rosa's career. He finished off the gutsy performance by inducing yet another ground ball to third base.
He would come back out in the seventh and eclipse the 100 pitch mark -- finishing with 104, 61 for strikes.
His final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Jorge De La Rosa was brilliant tonight, just one game after having to leave with a cut on his pitching hand.
Charlie Blackmon drove in the first run of the game in the top of the fifth after a -- I'm gonna say -- 28 pitch at-bat, lining a single into center field scoring Ben Paulsen who had singled.
The Rockies second run of the game -- which proved to be pivotal -- came on some smart base-running by ... Wilin Rosario?
Rosario began the inning with a single and would move from first to third on a two out single into shallow right field. What at first appeared to be an unnecessary gamble may have in fact been an excellent application of the scouting report as Sam Fuld's throw was nowhere close.
The aggressiveness paid off when Rosario scored when the very next pitch went wild.
Tommy Kahnle gave up a tough run on a pair of base hits in the eighth, though with slightly better positioning from Michael McKenry behind the plate, a throw from Carlos Gonzalez might have cut the A's only run of the game down.
It wouldn't matter though. LaTroy Hawkins worked a clean ninth inning, notching his second save of the season.