Patterson HR paces Rox

Grand Junction’s Raimel Tapia safely slides into home against Orem’s Cambric Moye during the fourth inning in Orem on Saturday.

Jordan Patterson delivered Saturday night when the Grand Junction Rockies were down to their final strike.

Patterson’s solo home run to right field on an 0-2 pitch with two out in the top of the ninth sent the game to extra innings. The Rockies scored one run in the 10th for a 4-3 victory over Orem and salvage the final game of a forgettable road trip.

Ryan Garvey, a defensive replacement in right field in the bottom of the ninth, hit a single up the middle in the 10th. He took second on a ground ball by Robbie Perkins and scored when Dom Nunez lined a double into the right-field corner.

After losing six straight, the Rockies swept the two-game series at Orem and return home today to play the Owlz in the first game of a four-game series.

Perkins hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to pull the Rockies within one run.

Grand Junction starter Joel Payamps struck out seven and allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The bullpen, which allowed 22 earned runs during the six-game losing streak, did not allow an earned run for the second straight night. Daniel Palo got Payamps out of the fifth inning and struck out two in 2 1/3 innings.

Carlos Esteves threw a scoreless eighth and Dylan Stamey (2-1) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

The Owlz got Mark Shannon on base in the bottom of the 10th on a broken-bat single to center. After he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, Stamey struck out Jose Rondon and ended it on a fly ball to center by Cal Towey.

It was the second straight extra-inning win for the Rockies (23-19, 2-2). Raimel Tapia, whose team-record 29-game hitting streak ended Friday, had two hits Saturday and has at least one hit in 30 of his past 31 games.

Jose Briceno’s 16-game hitting streak, however, ended when he went 0 for 3 with a walk.

Tapia singled to lead off the fourth inning, moved up on a wild pitch and stole third when Patterson struck out. The throw to third by catcher Cambric Moye went into left field, allowing Tapia to tie the game 1-1.

Orem scored twice in the bottom of the inning, aided by back-to-back wild pitches by Payamps.


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