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Rockies Rally for 11-Run Inning in Between Raindrops

July 13, 1996 GMT

After the rain stopped at Coors Field, the runs didn’t.

The rain that caused two delays lasting more than two hours was just something to add a little variety to a Colorado Rockies home game; not that a game at Coors Field needs anything to spice it up.

With lightning crackling around Denver on Friday night, Vinny Castilla hit a grand slam that capped the Rockies’ 11-run seventh inning and gave Colorado a 13-12 victory over the San Diego Padres in a game that lasted 5 hours, 34 minutes from first pitch to last.

``It reminded you of `The Natural’ a little bit, with some lightning over the left-field wall and a lot of things happening,″ said Rockies manager Don Baylor, who should be used to strange happenings at Coors Field by now.

After a rain delay of 1:19 in the top of the seventh, Colorado scored a team-record 11 runs in the bottom half off five relievers for the Rockies’ second straight comeback win over the Padres.

The Rockies sent 16 batters to the plate, and the Padres’ five pitchers in the inning tied a National League record. Colorado’s 11 runs scored matched an NL season high.

Colorado beat San Diego 8-5 Thursday night, scoring three in the ninth and three in the 10th on Dante Bichette’s game-winning three-run homer.

``Their relief guys just couldn’t get anybody out,″ Baylor said. ``Everything they threw was up in the strike zone for our guys to hit. Last night, they probably thought about walking Bichette. So tonight he does, except Vinny is hitting behind him.″

In other National League games Friday night, Los Angeles routed San Francisco 6-1, Houston defeated the New York Mets 3-1, St. Louis bombed the Chicago Cubs 13-3, Atlanta beat Florida 6-3, Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 5-2 and Philadelphia edged Montreal 5-3.

The Rockies had little success against Padres starter Bob Tewksbury and trailed 9-2 when the game was delayed for the first time with Tewksbury batting in the top of the seventh.

Tewksbury was the leadoff hitter, but before a pitch was thrown, play was suspended because of rain and a tornado warning in the area. When play resumed, Tewksbury was lifted for a pinch-hitter.

``The (first) rain delay certainly hurt,″ Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. ``Tewksbury was sailing along. We had the delay and had to make a change.″

One batter after Castilla’s grand slam, Andres Galarraga, was hit by a pitch for the second time in the inning, tying a major-league record. Galarraga gestured toward Willie Blair (1-6) but was restrained. Several players left their dugouts, but order was restored and Blair was ejected.

Play was then suspended for a second time for 1:03, and when the game resumed, Eric Young hit a two-run single to make it 13-9.

Padres pinch-hitter Scott Livingstone hit a three-run homer with one out in the ninth off Curtis Leskanic to make it 13-12.

Darren Holmes (3-3) pitched a scoreless seventh.

Dodgers 6, Giants 1

San Francisco lost its seventh straight game and 17th in its last 19.

``There are really no answers. We’re just not playing good baseball,″ the Giants’ Stan Javier said after getting two of the four hits off Ismael Valdes.

Valdes (10-5) struck out nine, walked two and allowed only one runner as far as third base in 8 2-3 innings at Los Angeles.

Raul Mondesi went 4-for-4, and NL batting leader Mike Piazza hit his 25th home run and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.

Osvaldo Fernandez (4-10) lost for the 10th time in his last 11 decisions.

Astros 3, Mets 1

Houston kept pace with St. Louis atop the NL Central as Shane Reynolds beat the Mets for the third time this season.

Reynolds (11-5), who won his third straight start, scattered seven hits in eight-plus innings at New York. In 23 1-3 innings against the Mets, he has a 1.93 ERA.

Bobby Jones (8-6), who was 3-0 in six previous career starts against the Astros, allowed three runs and six hits in three innings.

Derrick May hit a two-run single in the first inning.

Cardinals 13, Cubs 3

St. Louis tied a team record by hitting seven home runs at Wrigley Field. Gary Gaetti and Ron Gant each hit two, and Brian Jordan, John Mabry and Ray Lankford also homered as the Cardinals won for the eighth time in 11 games and remain .001 ahead of Houston.

Andy Benes (7-8), who lost seven consecutive starts in April and May, won his fourth straight decision.

All-Star Steve Trachsel (7-6) allowed seven runs in four-plus innings as St. Louis stopped an eight-game losing streak in Chicago dating to July 1, 1995.

Braves 6, Marlins 3

With Greg Maddux scratched from his start due to a cracked toenail, Tom Glavine (10-5) gave up seven hits in seven innings to win for the third time in four decisions.

Chipper Jones hit a two-run home run during Atlanta’s three-run seventh inning as the visiting Braves rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the seventh.

All-Star Al Leiter (9-8) gave up four runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Reds 5, Pirates 2

Mark Portugal won his fifth consecutive start as Cincinnati snapped Pittsburgh’s five-game winning streak at Riverfront Stadium.

Portugal (6-5), unbeaten since June 14, allowed an RBI single to Jeff King in the third and Mike Kingery’s solo homer in the fourth, the outfielder’s first in 179 at-bats this season, in eight innings.

Danny Darwin (7-9) allowed three runs in the first.

Phillies 5, Expos 3

Terry Mulholland (7-6) improved to 12-2 lifetime in 18 appearances against Montreal as the Phillies won for the fifth time in six games.

Mulholland, 3-0 against Montreal this season, allowed three runs in his second complete game this season, both against the Expos.

The win was the Phillies’ second straight on the road after snapping a club-record 14-game road losing streak Thursday night.

Pedro Martinez (7-4) allowed five runs in four innings, his shortest outing in 19 starts.