Patterson HR paces Rox
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.