DENVER -- Before blistering Steve Cishek for blowing the save and Sam Dyson for giving up the walk-off hit in the 13th, consider these numbers: 15 runners stranded, 16 strikeouts, 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
As often as the Miami Marlins' bullpen has made do with a crawlspace's worth of room for error, Saturday was not one of those occasions. Nolan Arenado opened the 13th with a double off the left-field wall and scored on Corey Dickerson's RBI-single, giving the Colorado Rockies the series-evening 5-4 victory at Coors Field.
"You have to score here," manager Mike Redmond said. "That's what it comes down to. If you leave it to one run, anybody can put up a run in this place. We had it and just couldn't lock it down."
It was Dickerson who sent the game into extra innings with a game-tying, mammoth blast off closer Cishek in the ninth. The Rockies would have won in the 12th had Adeiny Hechavarria not made a back-to-the-plate stab of Justin Morneau's pop to short center with runners at the corners and two out.
Neither closer could keep the opponent scoreless. LaTroy Hawkins gave up three straight two-out singles, the last of which was a Hechavarria bouncer that glanced off his glove for an RBI-infield hit.
Cishek entered, but his bid to lock down a 4-3 win and record his 32nd save ended abruptly. With one out and none on, Cishek fell behind Dickerson 3-1 and watched him unload on a sinking fastball. The ball landed in the third deck in right. Dickerson became the first player to reach those seats since Athletics' slugger Brandon Moss did it in 2012.
"Unfortunately I left a good pitch to hit to a pure fastball hitter and he got all of it," Cishek said. "I'm not one to make excuses. The bottom line is I didn't make my pitches. I fell behind 3-1 to a guy who's an all-or-nothing hitter. When you miss down and in to a lefty who's a power hitter, it doesn't really put you in a good spot."
Cishek had converted 11 straight save chances before blowing his fourth in 35 opportunities. The homer was just the third he's served up in 54 1/3 innings. In 10 games since July 27, Cishek has allowed seven runs on 18 hits over 10 innings for a 6.30 ERA. His season ERA has spiked from 3.25 to 3.81.
Unable to throw first-pitch fastballs for strikes early, starter Tom Koehler made a nice recovery and gave the Marlins seven gutsy innings. He retired 11 of the last 12 he faced. Battery mate Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw out Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies' lone baserunner through Koehler's final three innings, trying to steal second with one out in the fifth.
After throwing 50 fastballs in first 66 pitches, Koehler began feeding the Rockies a steady dose of sliders and found a groove. Five of the last 11 outs Koehler recorded were on sliders and three others came on curves.
Koehler could not deliver a shutdown inning after the Marlins gave him a 1-0 lead in the third. After counterpart Jordan Lyles tied it with a double play, Koehler gave up two more runs thanks in part to some bad luck.
He made a nice 2-2 pitch on Blackmon only to watch him fist it over Casey McGehee's head for a double. Koehler then started off Brandon Barnes with a curveball that sounded awful off the bat. Nonetheless, it carried just over the left-field wall.
"I got beat by what the definition of a bloop and a blast is," Koehler said. "Barnes did a good job of hitting that 0-0 curveball out. It's going to happen sometimes. I had a feeling it was gone. It's one of those things where you're already providing the spin and the guy gets some extra backspin on the ball. He put a good swing on it. I kind of knew he was trying to jump one early and that pitch ran pretty much back into his bat path.
"I wish I executed a better pitcher there. I could have saves us some innings later on from our bullpen and put us in a different position to try to win that ballgame a little bit earlier."
That offering to Barnes was the lone first-pitch strike Koehler threw in during an 11-batter span. He missed with first-pitch fastballs to the other 10.
The Marlins scored single runs in third, fourth and fifth innings, but they had several chances to put up a crooked numbers. They stranded 11 through the first six and left the bases loaded in the fourth. Donovan Solano drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to make it a one-run deficit and bring up Stanton. Lyles struck him out.
Stanton entered that at-bat 4-for-10 with a double, homer, 11 RBI a walk and three strikeouts with the bases loaded. He did get the Marlins on the board in the third when he muscled a Lyles pitch into short right with a man on second and two out. The RBI-double was Stanton's 13th career extra-base hit in 13 games at Coors Field.
Marcell Ozuna (2-for-4) with a second-inning single and Saltalamacchia (2-for-4) with a fifth-inning, game-tying RBI-double each extended hitting streaks to six games. Ozuna entered the game having homered in three straight and tallying RBI in four in a row, including three multi-RBI efforts.
"We left a ton of guys on base," Redmond said. "One-run games in this ballpark are tough. You can put a big number up quick with one swing. We had our chances. We had lots of chances."
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