Rockies blow 2 leads, lose in 10 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm •  Published: July 29, 2013
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ATLANTA (AP) — Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado couldn't believe he booted a routine grounder that could've helped the Colorado Rockies hold a four-run lead in the third inning.

"I needed to make that play," he said. "That was a big error."

Arenado's error was a big blow in Atlanta's six-run inning, and Colorado reliever Edgmer Escalona gave up Andrelton Simmons' RBI triple in the 10th of a 9-8 loss on Monday night.

After Dan Uggla walked to lead off the 10th, Simmons hit the ball too deep into the gap in left-center field for Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler to keep it from reaching the wall

Scott Downs (1-0) earned the win after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels earlier in the day and arriving at Turner Field not long before the first pitch. The left-hander allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings.

Escalona (1-4) allowed one hit, one run and one walk in 12 pitches.

Downs escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by making just one pitch, a liner he caught on the mound from Todd Helton.

Gonzalez went 5 for 5 with two RBIs after missing the last three games with a sprained middle right finger. He drove in the tying run in the ninth off Jordan Walden.

"It was tough to lose a game like this," Gonzalez said. "The way we played tonight we probably should have won, but they got the big hit."

Atlanta's offense bailed out starting pitcher Brandon Beachy, who made his first start in 13 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Chris Johnson, who leads the NL with a .339 batting average, and Uggla each had two RBIs to help the Braves erase a 5-0 hole with six runs in the third inning, then rally from a two-run deficit in the fifth to make it 8-7.

Beachy gave up eight hits, seven runs and one walk with five strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings. He made 84 pitches, 58 for strikes.

With Braves closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable after earning saves in all three games against St. Louis last weekend, Walden gave up two hits, walked two in two-thirds of an inning and left with the bases loaded.

Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up 10 hits and eight runs — five earned — with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.