Rockies bullpen melts down in loss

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DENVER — For the dwindling numbers that are sad about the demise of the soap opera, Thursday afternoon’s D-backs-Rockies game was a good fix.

Rockies pitchers walked nine, yet expected to win and almost did. The D-backs walked in two runs, and gave away a run on an error in between — in the eighth — and did win, 9-7, at Coors Field in front of 32,035 to gain a split of a two-game series.

No soap opera is complete without the dashing leading man who can rise above the craziness. That was Justin Upton, whose two-run homer in the top of the ninth off of Rafael Betancourt (1-1) gave the D-backs a lead. The lead wasn’t safe; the Rockies loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, yet didn’t score.

For comic relief, a large pile of bees descended on the rail of the protective fencing at the end of the Rockies’ dugout. The game was delayed a few minutes, then continued with players and umpires casting a wary eye, until a beekeeper removed the bees with a vacuum a couple of innings later. READ MORE>>