Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Chris Iannetta smacked a lead-off homer off major league newcomer Evan MacLane in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies earned an 8-7 win over the Cardinals, picking up their second straight magical comeback win.
Tuesday night, Seth Smith capped an improbable nine-run rally in the ninth inning in Colorado’s 12-9 triumph. That was the greatest ninth-inning comeback in baseball’s modern era.
Dexter Fowler tied Wednesday’s game with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa elected to go with MacLane for the start of the ninth. MacLane, who was called up from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day when Adam Ottavino went on the 15-day disabled list, threw just six pitches in his major league debut. Iannetta crushed a 3-2 offering over the wall in left field, giving the Rockies their 10th win in the last 11 meetings against the Cardinals.
Colorado trailed 5-0 going to the bottom of the fifth inning, but posted its third straight win in its final at-bat. On Sunday, Todd Helton lofted a sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the 15th inning, and the Rockies beat San Francisco, 4-3.