Rockies 12, Tigers 4(10)

Just when the Detroit Tigers looked like they might be ready for

a turnaround, a slumping team humbled one that started the season

with high expectations.

Wilin Rosario hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the 10th and the

Colorado Rockies went on to score a franchise-record eight runs in

an extra inning, beating the Tigers 12-4 on Friday night to snap a

season-high, eight-game losing streak.

Jose Valverde (3-2) gave up a leadoff single to Michael Cuddyer

in the 10th and allowed him to get to third on a throwing error to

first base after Eric Young laid down a sacrifice bunt. His miscue

triggered a barrage of runs for the Rockies.

”Everyone talks about home runs and doubles, but it was a

little bunt that caused us all kind of chaos,” Tigers manager Jim

Leyland said.

Valverde got Jordan Pacheco to ground out to shortstop Jhonny

Peralta, whose throw home got Cuddyer out. Rosario broke the tie

and Luis Marte later gave up back-to-back homers to Carlos Gonzalez

and Cuddyer.

The last time any team scored at least that many runs in an

extra inning was Aug. 16, 2009, when the Angels scored nine runs in

the 13th inning at Baltimore.

Matt Belisle (3-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings

after Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers combined for 1 2-3 innings of

scoreless relief.

Colorado became the last team this season to win an interleague

game after going 0-9 against the American League.

”It’s great to get that stigma off our back,” Rockies manager

Jim Tracy said. ”This is really good for our club.”

The Tigers had won five of seven during their best stretch since

starting the season 9-3.

Before Valverde got roughed up, Tigers relievers Duane Below,

Brayan Villarreal, Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit combined to pitch 5

1-3 scoreless innings.

Detroit wasted opportunities to win the game before it was

extended, leaving 11 on base.

”I’m a little disappointed,” Leyland said. ”We could’ve and

should’ve scored more, but we didn’t.”

After two scoreless innings with one hit for each team, both

starters – Detroit rookie Casey Crosby and Rockies veteran Jeff

Francis – struggled in the next inning, giving up five runs and

seven hits combined.

Crosby gave up a single, RBI triple and RBI double to the first

three Rockies he faced in the third then walked two straight to

load the bases. Detroit’s defense got Crosby out of the jam,

getting two straight forceouts at home, including an inning-ending

double play.

The Tigers went ahead 3-2 in the third on RBI-doubles by Austin

Jackson and Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder’s go-ahead

single.

Crosby didn’t let the home team and sold-out crowd enjoy the

lead long.

Chris Nelson, whose RBI triple scored the game’s first run, hit

a two-run homer in the fourth that bounced on top of the wall in

right to put Colorado ahead 4-3.

The Tigers tied the game in the sixth on Brennan Boesch’s

groundout and failed to take advantage of a chance to go ahead when

Delmon Young struck out with the bases loaded after Cabrera and

Fielder walked.

”It happens,” Young said. ”Sometimes you’re the bug,

sometimes you’re a window. I was a bug.”

Crosby gave up four runs, six hits and four walks over 3 2-3

innings in his third career start.

”He didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept us in the game,’

Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday said.

Crosby and outfielder Matt Young were sent to Triple-A Toledo

after the game, clearing the way for right-hander Doug Fister to

return from the disabled list and start Saturday and to put Thad

Weber in the bullpen.

Francis allowed four runs, eight hits and three walks over 5 1-3

innings in his second start of the season with the Rockies and

151st with the franchise.

The left-hander didn’t have his best night, but he pitched much

better than others in the rotation have lately.

”This was huge for me and for our team,” Francis said. ”It’s

a step in the right direction for me, but it is more important that

we got a win. It’s been a tough stretch and we needed this.”

NOTES: Detroit C Alex Avila, out with a strained right

hamstring, hit before the game for the first time since going on

the DL on June 6. ”It’s a lot better than sitting on the couch,”

he said. ”My target is to be back next weekend.” … Rockies SS

Troy Tulowitzki was eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but

aggravated his strained left groin and is scheduled to see a

specialist Monday for a second opinion. .. Leyland said OF Andy

Dirks is, ”not doing too good,” with right Achilles tendinitis

that put him on the DL last month and he is scheduled to see a foot

and ankle specialist. .. Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa, on the DL

recovering from elbow surgery, is scheduled to see a specialist

Wednesday.