Rockies walk-off versus Mariners in style entering All-Star break

Rockies walk-off winner, by All-Star Trevor Story, to end the first half of the season. Talk about a Story-book ending.

The Colorado Rockies defeated the Seattle Mariners in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon, 4-3. The series sweep pushed the Rockies record to six games over .500 heading into the break.

Seattle got out to a quick start by scoring a pair of runs off of Rockies’ starting pitcher Tyler Anderson in the opening inning. Dee Gordon started the game by reaching base via an infield single which was followed by a base hit from Jean Segura. Mitch Hainger then hit an RBI single to left field, scoring a run. Later in the inning, Denard Span hit an RBI double to left-center field which put the Mariners on top 2-0.

Outside of the two runs allowed in the first inning, Anderson was sharp on the mound for Colorado as he went on to work six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six batters and issuing a walk.

The Rockies got on the board by manufacturing a pair of runs in the third inning. D.J. LeMahieu worked a two-out walk and then advanced to third base on a single hit by Charlie Blackmon. From there, Nolan Arenado hit a two-RBI single to right field which tied the game at two runs apiece.

Seattle later added a run in the seventh inning off of Rockies’ relief pitcher Jake McGee when Gordon hit an RBI single to left field to push the Marlins ahead 3-2.

The Rockies managed to answer in the bottom of the seventh inning after Ian Desmond hit a triple down the right-field line and later scored on a sacrifice fly hit from Chris Iannetta.

From there, the tandem of Bryan Shaw and Scott Oberg were able to keep the game tied heading into the 9th inning where Colorado was able to snag the victory.

With a 2-2 count in the ninth, Rockies shortstop Story, who was named to his first All-Star game this season, blasted a solo home run to center field to solidify the victory in walk-off fashion for Colorado, 4-3. It was the first career walk-off for Story at the big league level, and it bumped the Rockies’ record at home up to .500 on the season.

The Rockies enter the All-Star break with a record of 51-45 and sit 1.5 back of the National League West division lead.