Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon hits grand slam walk-off to beat Angels – The Denver Post


Charlie Blackmon ripped a grand slam over the right-field fence to give the Rockies a dramatic 8-4 walk-off victory over the Angels at Coors Field on Friday night.

“I really just needed to not make an out and that’s it. I wasn’t really trying to hit for extra bases or swing hard,” Blackmon said. “All wins count the same, but that’s a good time to win.”

Colorado starting pitcher German Marquez threw seven strong innings, the bullpen lost the lead but a resilient Rockies’ offense battled back. Colorado, after being swept in three games by the Padres this week, turned the page in a big way to start a nine-game homestand, inching a bit closer toward the eighth and final National League playoff spot at 21-23.

The Angels took a first-inning lead when Rockies shortstop Trevor Story uncharacteristically made an errant throw to second on a fielder’s choice that allowed LA’s Jared Walsh to score. The Angels kept their momentum rolling when Justin Upton slapped a first-pitch single to left, sending Mike Trout home, to go up 2-0.

That’s when Marquez — 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA over his previous six starts — finally found his rhythm. He allowed six hits, struck out five, and didn’t allow a run over his final six innings pitched Friday.

“He didn’t have his overpowering fastball that we’ve seen in the past, but it had good movement,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I thought the changeup, slider and curve all played tonight. … He gave us a good start after giving up those two scratch-runs in the first and held the fort down until late in the game, which was awesome. Very impressive for German. I thought he threw the ball well.”

The Rockies tied the game in the third. Set up by a Josh Fuentes single and Tony Wolters walk, Story blasted an RBI double to deep center. A Blackmon sacrifice fly scored Wolters. The stalemate extended into the fifth inning when Story hit a stand-up triple off the right-field wall that brought home Ramel Tapia — giving Colorado its first lead, 3-2, which the bullpen could not hold.