Tovar’s single in storm lifts Rockies over Marlins 7-6 after blown 4-run lead

by | May 25, 2023 | Sports

DENVER — Ezequiel Tovar singled through a five-man infield during a ninth-inning storm, lifting Colorado over the Miami Marlins 7-6 Thursday after the Rockies wasted a four-run lead in the top of the inning.Colorado took a 6-2 lead with four runs in the eighth, but Jorge Soler and pinch-hitter Garrett Cooper hit two-run homers on curveballs from Pierce Johnson in the ninth.Huascar Brazobán (0-1) walked Kris Bryant and Elias Díaz on four pitches each starting the bottom half, retired Randal Grichuk on a flyout and after getting ahead of Ryan McMahon 0-2, threw four straight balls that loaded the bases.Amid a downpour with thunder and lightning overhead, the Marlins moved right fielder Garrett Hampson to the infield and Tovar hit a chopper past diving third baseman Jean Segura into left field. “Crazy game, man,” McMahon said. “But we did what we had to do. They aren’t all pretty.”Brent Suter (3-0) got the final out of the ninth for the Rockies, who took three of four in the series. Díaz homered for the second straight game for Colorado in its first walk-off win of the season. Rockies rookie centerfielder Brenton Doyle left on a cart in the ninth with a bruised right knee after he was injured leaping in an attempt to deny Soler a home run. “Ligaments are fine. It doesn’t feel good, but good news,” Doyle said. “I’m not sure about an IL stint or not. But it’s going to take probably a couple days …

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