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(Saturday, April 14th)
Final Score: Colorado 8, Arizona 7
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Todd Helton certainly picked a good time to hit his first home run of the season.
The Colorado first baseman's two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Rockies to an 8-7 win over Arizona in a rain-soaked game that lasted almost five hours, including a pair of rain delays.
Helton's seventh career walkoff homer, a moon shot blast down the right-field line, simultaneously ended a comeback bid by Arizona, which has dropped the first two contests of this three-game set. It also ended the active consecutive saves streak, held by J.J. Putz (0-1). He saved 28 in a row entering Saturday.
"I didn't think I hit it out. I thought I hit it too high, but I'll take it," Helton said.
Tyler Chatwood (1-0) recorded the win by tossing two innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Colorado won its second straight and third in its last four.
Marco Scutaro was hit by a pitch to start the ninth, and after pinch-hitter Jason Giambi popped out, Troy Tulowitzki fanned. That led to Helton clubbing a 1-1 pitch over the wall.
"Part of baseball," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson mused. "Less than ideal conditions, you could see that Colorado was just trying to get five innings in, they were throwing everybody at us, and we came back and got beat by a good pro, Todd Helton."
There was a 15-minute delay before the game started, and the teams played four innings before the tarp came onto the field a second time. The Rockies went up 5-1 in those first four frames, paced by a two-run homer from Tyler Colvin in the second followed immediately by a solo blast off the bat of Ramon Hernandez.
After a one hour, 11 minute rain delay, Miguel Montero began the Diamondbacks' rally by launching Josh Roenicke's pitch over the center-field wall and into the trees at Coors Field for a three-run shot.
A rain-induced mishap by Tulowitzki in the top of the sixth led to a tie game. Aaron Hill reached on a routine ground ball when Tulowitzki's throw to first was off-line -- apparently due to the ball being slippery -- and Hill touched home on John McDonald's long double to left field.
Paul Goldschmidt put Arizona in front, 6-5, with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to score Justin Upton an inning later, and Gerardo Perra tacked on another with a suicide squeeze, plating McDonald, in the eighth.
Eric Young Jr. got the Rockies back within one with a two-out RBI double in the home half of the eighth, but Jason Giambi popped out in the infield to end the threat.
That set up Helton's late-game heroics.
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup with strep throat...Helton's last walkoff home run came on June 20, 2009 against the Pirates...Colorado's Matt Belisle was charged with a blown save. He gave up one unearned run in two-thirds of an inning.
04/15 02:51:12 ET
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