Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon hits grand slam walk-off to beat Angels – The Denver Post

Charlie Blackman ripped a grand slam over the right-field fence to give Colorado a wild 8-4 walk-off victory over the Angels at Coors Field on Friday night.

Rockies’ starting pitcher German Marquez threw seven strong innings, the bullpen lost the lead but a resilient Rockies’ offense battled back for a dramatic victory. Colorado, after being swept in three games by the Padres this week, turned the page in a big way to start a nine-game homestand, inching a bit closer toward the eighth and final National League playoff spot at 21-23.

The Angels took a first-inning lead when Rockies shortstop Trevor Story uncharacteristically made an errant throw to second on a fielder’s choice that allowed LA’s Jared Walsh to score. The Angels kept their momentum rolling when Justin Upton slapped a first-pitch single to left, sending Mike Trout home, to go up 2-0.

That’s when Marquez — 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA over his previous six starts — finally found his rhythm. He allowed six hits and struck out five.

The Rockies tied the game in the third. Set up by a Josh Fuentes single and Tony Wolters walk, Story blasted an RBI double to deep center. A Blackmon sacrifice fly scored Wolters. The stalemate extended into the fifth inning when Story blasted a stand-up triple off the right-field wall that brought home Ramel Tapia, giving Colorado its first lead, 3-2, which the bullpen could not hold.