MIAMI - Ubaldo Jimenez couldn't hold a lead. Neither could the Florida Marlins.
Neither could the Colorado Rockies’ bullpen.
Pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night, and the Marlins won a seesaw game against the Rockies, 9-8.
It was the fifth lead change. All-Star starter Jimenez departed trailing after his shortest outing of the season, but Jonathan Herrera’s first career homer put the Rockies ahead 8-7 in the eighth inning.
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After Colorado closer Huston Street (1-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth, Dan Uggla walked. Murphy – batting for only the fourth time this season – then hit an opposite-field homer on a 1-0 fastball.
“If you had asked me before the game if I was going to hit a walk-off home run after all the stuff that happened tonight, I definitely would have said no,” Murphy said. “It was a crazy game. It was just good to come out on top.”
The homer was Murphy’s first since July 3, 2008, with Oakland.
“Walk-offs are so exciting and so much fun for us, because we get to act like little kids again,” Uggla said.
The blown save was the first this season for Street, who has six saves since returning last month from a shoulder injury. He said he felt like Murphy hit “a decent pitch.”
“He took a good swing,” Street said. “It’s a total letdown when you walk into the clubhouse. You’re one pitch away from a win and, obviously, it’s on my shoulders.”
The Marlins improved to 2-42 when trailing after eight innings. Florida won its third game in a row, while the Rockies lost for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.
“They battled and battled and battled, and we battled and battled and battled,” Uggla said. “A lot of good things came out of tonight. You’re not going to win all of them like that, but we’re going to enjoy this one.”
Colorado’s comeback in the eighth kept alive a nine-game winning streak for Jimenez, who is 15-1 this season.