Athletics 10, Rockies 8

Coco Crisp started the rally and Brandon Inge put the finishing

touch on it.

Inge hit a two-out, two-run double in the ninth after Crisp

scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly, sliding into home to avoid

a sweeping tag by catcher Wilin Rosario, and the Oakland Athletics

rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 Wednesday night.

Todd Helton hit a grand slam and Michael Cuddyer had two homers

for the Rockies, who lost their season-high seventh straight.

”We battled our way back, close enough to where we had a chance

in the ninth,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”Coco gets on and

creates a little havoc on the bases. Next thing you know, we have a

ball in the corner and we’ve got two more runs.”

Down 8-7, Crisp singled off Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt

(1-2) leading off the ninth. Jemile Woods moved Crisp to second

with a sacrifice, and Crisp stole third before scoring the tying

run on Collin Cowgill’s sacrifice fly. He slipped across home plate

just ahead of the throw from right-fielder Cuddyer.

Seth Smith, a former Rockies player who homered earlier in the

game, then hit a two-out double. Josh Reddick, hitting for reliever

Jerry Blevins (1-0), was walked intentionally and Inge followed by

lashing a double down the left-field line to drop the Rockies to

0-8 in interleague play this season.

”We’ve got a bunch of grinders,” Smith said. ”Regardless of

where we are, who we’re playing, we’re in it till the end.”

Betancourt, in his first full season as the Rockies’ closer,

blew his second save in 12 chances.

”I don’t think I made good pitches,” Betancourt said. ”I’ve

been through a lot of these games and there’s nothing you can do

about it. All you can do is come back tomorrow, because I’m going

to keep pitching, but it’s not good a feeling.”

Helton said the loss was a tough one during an especially tough

time for the Rockies.

”We can react one of two ways,” he said. ”We can put our

heads down and feel sorry for ourselves or we can come out tomorrow

ready to play. Hopefully, we do the latter. It’s gut-check time,

time to see what we’re made of.”

Ryan Cook allowed Cuddyer’s leadoff single – his fourth hit – in

the bottom of the ninth before getting three outs – the first two

on a double play – for his second save in three chances.

Colorado’s Marco Scutaro also tied a career best with four hits

in a game in which the teams combined for 23 hits, including six

home runs.

Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was back in the lineup for

the first time since straining his left hamstring last Thursday

against Texas but he apparently aggravated the injury running out a

grounder in the top of the first. He played left field in the

bottom half of the first before being replaced in the field in the

second by Jonny Gomes.

Cespedes is considered day to day.

Trailing by three, the A’s narrowed the deficit when Gomes led

off the sixth by homering off reliever Adam Ottovino. They pulled

within one run in the seventh when Cliff Pennington reached on

shortstop Scutaro’s errant throw to first and came around to score

on Cowgill’s RBI single.

Colorado rebuilt its lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the fourth

when Cuddyer connected for a second time off Tommy Milone, who

moved up a spot in the rotation to pitch in place of injured

Brandon McCarthy. The two-run drive gave Cuddyer his first

multihomer game since signing with the Rockies in the

offseason.

The A’s pulled to 6-5 in the fourth, getting an RBI single from

Inge and a two-run drive from Brandon Moss, his third homer in two

games.

Smith, a former Rockie who was sent to Oakland as part of the

offseason trade bringing Josh Outman to Colorado, put the A’s in

front 2-0 in the first when he followed Cowgill’s single with his

sixth homer of a season.

The Rockies came right back in the bottom of the first, capped

by Helton’s seventh career slam and second this season.

Cuddyer hit his first homer in the second to give the Rockies a

6-2 lead.

NOTES: Milone allowed eight runs on seven hits in four innings.

… Outman went five innings and allowed five runs on six hits. …

Troy Tulowitzki’s rehab program was put on hold Wednesday after the

Colorado Rockies shortstop aggravated a left groin strain that has

sidelined him for the last two weeks. Team officials say no

decision has been made on when Tulowitzki will resume his rehab

work. … The Rockies have hit five grand slams this season, tying

the New York Yankees for the most in the major leagues. … Since

being recalled by the A’s from Triple-A Sacramento a week ago, Moss

has five hits, four of them home runs. … Cuddyer’s multihomer

game was the seventh of his career and first since last Aug. 3

against the Los Angeles Angels while with Minnesota.