Colorado Rockies score late to beat Detroit Tigers, 7-3
By MICHAEL KELLY
DENVER — Warwick Saupold got the best of Nolan Arenado on Monday night. The slugger got redemption in his rematch with the Detroit Tigers reliever 24 hours later.
Arenado capped a four-run seventh inning with his 30th homer, and the Colorado Rockies beat Detroit 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Arenado’s three-run shot off Saupold broke open a close game and helped the Rockies win for the fourth time in six tries. Colorado increased its lead to four games over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.
“It was huge for us, especially after losing a tough game (Monday),” Arenado said.
It was a bounce-back game for Arenado. Saupold struck him out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of Detroit’s win Monday, but Arenado didn’t miss an 0-1 pitch Tuesday.
Mikie Mahtook tied the game for Detroit in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer, his 10th, before the Rockies rallied in the bottom half.
Colorado went ahead 4-3 on singles by Jonathan Lucroy — who reached after an 11-pitch at-bat — and Trevor Story, and a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez off starter Michael Fulmer (10-12).
“Lucroy in that seventh inning put up a hell of an at-bat,” Fulmer said. “You have to tip your cap to him. I thought he fouled off some good pitches, took some good pitches as well.”
Charlie Blackmon reached on a fielder’s choice. Saupold walked DJ LeMahieu, and Arenado followed with his three-run drive to reach 30 homers for the third straight season. He leads the majors with 111 RBIs.