This one’s gonna leave a mark.
The Rockies were knocked down and nearly out — twice — but ultimately lost a 9-8, 11-inning thriller to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.
The loss denied the Rockies a three-game sweep, as the game ended with Sam Hilliard being thrown out at third base on a play that required a replay review.
San Francisco scored the winning run on Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th.
The Giants took an 8-6 lead in the 10th on an RBI single by Thairo Estrada and a run-scoring double by Austin Wynns off Robert Stephenson.
But the Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the frame with RBIs singles by Ryan McMahon and Charlie Blackmon. They had a chance to win the game but Dominic Leone got Hilliard to pop out to third with the bases loaded.
Colorado rallied for three runs in the eighth to tie the game, 6-6. McMahon ripped a one-out double into the right-field corner off Tyler Rogers and Blackmon drove in McMahon with a single to right off Jarlin Garcia. Up stepped Randal Grichuk, who unloaded on Garcia’s 1-1 changeup, driving it 462 feet to left-center to tie the game.
The Giants looked to have the game in hand in the seventh inning. With the score tied 2-2 and the bases loaded, Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland was against the ropes, having just walked J.D. Davis. Manager Bud Black visited the mound to check out Freeland. Black decided to leave him in.
But on Freeland’s first pitch — a 92.6 mph fastball, low and inside — Even Longoria launched a grand slam into the left-field bleachers. Longoria’s first grand slam since May 6, 2013, put San Francisco ahead, 6-2.
Colorado had two big swings against right-hander Jakob Junis. Rookie catcher Brian Serven launched a two-run homer to left in the fifth. Rookie first baseman Elehuris Montero led off the seventh with a homer to left, his fourth home run of the season and third in the last three games, cutting the Giants’ lead to 6-3.
Freeland’s Jekyll-and-Hyde season continues — good one start, bad the next. He’s now 7-9 with a 4.93 ERA after giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Before Longoria’s blast in the seventh, Freeland weathered a tough, and unlucky second. Longoria, who finished a triple short of the cycle, lined a 107.4 mph double off the screen in extreme left field to lead off the inning. Then Thairo Estrada hit a hard grounder to third baseman Ryan McMahon, who set up to make a routine play only to see the ball go through the webbing of his glove.
With no outs and runners on first and second, Brandon Crawford hit an RBI single through the left side. After Freeland fanned Joey Bart, Austin Wynn hit an RBI single that glanced off McMahon’s replacement glove and into left field.
The Rockies are off Monday before hosting Texas in a two-game mini-series at Coors. Thursday, the Rockies begin an 11-day, 10-game eastern road trip with a four-game set against the New York Mets.