DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies got just enough from their starting pitcher Wednesday night. This time it was their bullpen that let them down.
Brandon Inge hit a go-ahead, two-run double during a three-run ninth inning against closer Rafael Betancourt, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8.
Todd Helton hit a grand slam and Michael Cuddyer had two homers among his four hits for the Rockies, who lost their season-high seventh straight.
"It's a tough loss, no doubt about it," Helton said. "We can react one of two ways: We can put our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves or we can come out tomorrow ready to play.
"Hopefully we do the latter. It's gut-check time to see what were made of."
Down 8-7 heading into the ninth, Coco Crisp singled leading off against Betancourt (1-2). Jemile Woods sacrificed Crisp to second, and Crisp stole third before scoring the tying run on Collin Cowgill's sacrifice fly.
Former Rockie Seth Smith hit a two-out double, Josh Reddick, hitting for reliever Jerry Blevins (1-0), was walked intentionally and Inge followed by lashing a double down the left field line to leave the Rockies winless in eight interleague games this season.
"I don't think I made good pitches and they scored three runs on me," Betancourt said. "It's not a good feeling."
Ryan Cook allowed Cuddyer's leadoff single — his fourth hit — in the bottom of the ninth before getting three outs — the first two on a double play — for his second save in three chances.
"I've been through a lot of these games and there's nothing you can do about it," Betancourt said. "All you can do is come back tomorrow, but it's not good a feeling."
Things looked good early for Colorado.
After Smith put the A's in front 2-0 in the first with a two-run homer, the Rockies came right back in their half of the first, capped by Helton's seventh career slam and second this season.
Marco Scutaro singled around walks to Dexter Fowler and Cuddyer before Helton drove a 77 mph curveball from Tommy Milone into the A's bullpen beyond the center field fence for his seventh homer of the season.
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