Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 14th inning, rallying the travel-weary Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
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After Ryan Braun was walked by Felipe Paulino (0-4) with one out, Fielder drove a pitch deep to right field for the game-winner after Milwaukee had previously erased deficits of 2-1, 4-2, 5-4 and finally 6-5.
Fielder was mobbed at home plate as teammates came streaming out of the dugout almost as soon as he made contact.
The Brewers have won eight of their last 11, but appeared to be on the short end of this one when Dexter Fowler drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop single off Mike McClendon (1-0) earlier in the top of the 14th.
Milwaukee started this nine-game homestand off in a big way after Fielder’s 10th homer of the year. The Brewers got back to Milwaukee after 5 a.m. following a loss in San Diego.
Injured reserve outfielder Nyjer Morgan posted on Twitter he felt like a ”zombee” and put up a picture of the sunrise that greeted the Brewers back in Milwaukee.
They’ll all sleep well after this one.
Yuniesky Betancourt homered in the 13th to tie it after Seth Smith had put Colorado ahead 5-4 on a two-out triple, setting the stage for Fielder’s big hit.
The Rockies didn’t have left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (groin) and first baseman Todd Helton (back) in the starting lineup, but the replacements hardly missed a beat.
Jason Giambi homered one night after hitting three and driving in seven runs against the Phillies, and Ty Wigginton scored twice. Colorado starter Jason Hammel added the first homer of his career, a two-run shot, but the Rockies’ bullpen couldn’t hold multiple leads.
Neither team got a runner in scoring position in the ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th innings, but both sides benefited from strong defensive plays in the 11th.
Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks ranged far to his right to snag a grounder by Jose Lopez and throw him out at first. In the bottom of the inning, Fowler, in center, was credited with a diving catch off of a liner, though replays showed the ball hit the grass first.
Hammel’s homer gave Colorado its first lead, 2-1.
Milwaukee tied it in the fourth after two errors on one play by Lopez, the third baseman, who bobbled a grounder and threw the ball away, allowing Betancourt to score. Chris Iannetta’s RBI single in the fifth and Giambi’s blast in the sixth off Brewers starter Zack Greinke made it 4-2, setting the stage for yet another Milwaukee rally.
Pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth to cut it to one and Casey McGehee led off the eighth with a homer against Rafael Betancourt.
With the late starts in San Diego, the team sent Greinke and Saturday’s starter, Shaun Marcum, back to Wisconsin early to get additional rest and be ready, but the offense didn’t appear to suffer early, either.
Braun’s RBI groundout put Milwaukee ahead 1-0 in the first. It turned out to be the Brewers’ only lead until Fielder’s homer.
NOTES: Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki was ejected by umpire Rob Drake for arguing balls and strikes in the eighth. … Giambi left as part of multiple changes after Tulowitzki’s ejection. … Greinke appeared to retaliate by throwing behind Tulowitzki in the sixth after Braun was hit by a pitch in the fifth. … The Rockies recalled RHP Matt Daley from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take the spot of LHP Franklin Morales. Morales was traded to Boston for a player to be named or cash after Thursday’s win over Philadelphia. … C Mike Rivera made his first start for Milwaukee since Oct. 3, 2009. Rivera played briefly for Florida last year and spent the start of this season in Triple-A Nashville.