Rockies' rough trip continues in 7-6 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm •  Published: May 31, 2014
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Colorado Rockies' offense got back on track Saturday. Their road woes continued to pile up.

Rex Brothers gave up a go-ahead RBI single to Mike Aviles in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowing the Cleveland Indians to escape with a 7-6 victory.

The Rockies tied the score with four runs in the seventh on a three-run homer by Charlie Blackmon and a solo shot by Corey Dickerson, but wound up falling to 2-6 on their nine-game, 10-day trip.

"We've got a good group of guys who have the ability to turn the page, but that hasn't been easy because this has been a tough trip," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "All the guys continued to fight today — and watching them tie the game was great — but in the end, we still didn't get it done."

The Rockies averaged 2.3 runs over their first seven games on the trip before erupting for six against the Indians, including Blackmon's game-tying homer in the seventh on the only pitch thrown by reliever Josh Outman.

Earlier in the inning, Dickerson went deep against Scott Atchison to cut Cleveland's lead to 6-3.

Blackmon went 2 for 4 with four RBIs, including his 10th homer of the season, which set a franchise record for a leadoff hitter. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu added three hits and scored twice on an afternoon when two-time All-Star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez struck out in each of his four plate appearances.

"A lot of guys came through for us at the plate, even though they weren't necessarily the guys you might expect to," Weiss said. "They showed a lot of heart."

Things went downhill in the eighth when Brothers (2-3) entered and issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Jason Kipnis. After a sacrifice bunt moved Kipnis to second base, Aviles followed with a sharp single to right field to restore the Indians' advantage.

"Anytime you give up leadoff walks, you're in trouble," Brothers said tersely. "It's on me. I didn't execute my pitches. Nothing more, nothing less."

Weiss didn't disagree.

"Rex hasn't had his great command like he did last year, and has had some traffic out there," Weiss said. "He had the leadoff walk, then he left the ball out there for Aviles, who hit it the other way."

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