If ever a team needed a 12th-inning walkoff victory, it was the Colorado Rockies. They got it with a 6-5 win over the Braves Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.
The feel-good moment finally arrived when Yorvit Torrealba laced a single to left field off Braves reliever Luis Ayala, pushing home fellow catcher Wilin Rosario with the winning run. Rosario led off the 12th with a double.
Having lost three straight games at Coors Field, including a painful doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Braves on Tuesday, the Rockies were in danger of making their hot start nothing more than an early-April memory. But Torrealba's single put some spring back in the Rockies' step.
Turning point. The Rockies were staring at defeat when Jonathan Herrera stepped to the plate against Braves super-closer Craig Kimbrel with one out in the ninth inning.
Herrera had endured a rough day, including a throwing error in the sixth inning that opened the door for the Braves to score two runs and take a 5-3 lead.
But Herrera rapped a one-out single double to right field and Troy Tulowitzki came off the bench to slice a pinch-hit single.
That set stage for Dexter Fowler's two-run double off the left-field wall to tie the game 5-5 and send it to extra innings.
On the mound. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood, so good this spring in Triple-A, found the going a lot rougher against the big-league Braves.