Rays 7, Rockies 4, 10 innings: Rays add to Rockies' home interleague blues

2013-05-04T00:00:00Z Rays 7, Rockies 4, 10 innings: Rays add to Rockies' home interleague bluesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DENVER - Matt Belisle lives for late-inning pressure situations. Friday, he faltered where he normally thrives.

Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning and Kelly Johnson later added a two-run homer, helping the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-4 win over Colorado.

Michael Cuddyer had a two-run homer and Josh Rutledge hit a solo shot as the Rockies started interleague play on the wrong track at home once again. The Rockies were 0-9 against AL teams at Coors Field last season.

They could have avoided a 10th loss, but their usually reliable set-up man had an off night. Belisle entered Friday having allowed runs in just three of his 14 appearances, but he was tagged for three runs on four hits in the 10th inning.

"This one's on me. I don't know. This is where I like to pitch is in that type of situation so I'll be ready for it tomorrow," Belisle said. "I got nothing to say except that was a very poor job. ... There's just no excuse."

Ben Zobrist led off the 10th with a double to left off Belisle (1-2), setting the stage for Longoria. Johnson provided some insurance by lining his fourth homer of the season just over the wall in right-center.

The Rockies got two men on in the bottom of the 10th but Eric Young Jr. struck out on a check swing to end the game.

Colorado played without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was kept out of the lineup with "heavy legs" but did come on as a pinch-hitter with the game tied in the eighth. He was intentionally walked and lifted for a pinch runner. Manager Walt Weiss said Tulowitzki may be able to play today.

In the fourth, Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler hurt his right hip flexor when he bumped into first baseman Sean Rodriguez in a close play at the bag and was replaced in center field by Young.

Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore received his first taste of pitching at Coors Field - and lasted only five innings. He gave up four runs, matching the total he had given up in his first five wins combined.

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