DENVER - The Colorado Rockies kept loading the bases, first in the 10th inning, then in the 13th and again the next inning. And not once did they push a run across.
Todd Helton finally came through, on the fourth try, when his sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 15th inning Sunday night gave Colorado a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Helton’s first-pitch fly off Guillermo Mota (0-3) ended a 5-hour, 24-minute marathon — the longest game by time in Coors Field history and second longest in franchise history.
Dexter Fowler led off with a triple and scored the winning run after his seventh plate appearance.
Mota issued two intentional walks to load the bases for Helton, who has been mired in a season-long slump and entered the game in the ninth. He grounded into an inning-ending double play in the 11th and struck out with the bases loaded to end the 13th.
“It was good to get it over with,” Helton said. “Get put in that situation enough, bound to come through sooner or later. That was just a result of Dexter hitting a triple. Dexter got on base seven times — that’s pretty amazing.”
Fowler went 10 for 16 with four triples, seven runs and seven walks in the four-game series that ended with three Rockies victories. Colorado stranded a franchise-record 20 baserunners, including 12 from the eighth through 14th, before winning its longest game this season.
Randy Flores (2-0), the seventh Rockies pitcher, worked the 15th after Esmil Rogers gave the Rockies four scoreless innings, allowing two hits with five strikeouts.
“What a job he did,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “He was throwing unhittable stuff in there, which is why we weren’t going to take him out of the game.”