DENVER -- Tony Wolters drew a bases-loaded walk off Arodys Vizcaino to give the Rockies a 3-2 walk-off win over the Braves on Saturday night at Coors Field.Carlos Gonzalez delivered an opposite-field double off Vizcaino with one out in the 10th. After left-handed hitter Gerardo Parra was intentionally walked, Trevor
DENVER -- Tony Wolters drew a bases-loaded walk off Arodys Vizcaino to give the Rockies a 3-2 walk-off win over the Braves on Saturday night at Coors Field.
Carlos Gonzalez delivered an opposite-field double off Vizcaino with one out in the 10th. After left-handed hitter Gerardo Parra was intentionally walked, Trevor Story drew a walk to load the bases for Wolters.
After Charlie Blackmon -- nursing a tight back -- was given the bunt sign with two on and none out in the ninth against A.J. Minter, DJ LeMahieu laced a liner that seemed destined to break the tie until it found a leaping Ozzie Albies' glove and resulted in a double play. Albies advanced to third base in the top of the 10th, but he was left stranded when Nick Markakis' two-out liner found shortstop Story's glove.
"You saw back-to-back hard-hit balls and middle infielders making great plays," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "That's the beauty of our game. You don't know what's going to happen. And we saw a walk-off walk.
"Trevor showed great athleticism. And tremendous boosties. When you jump high, it's referred to as boosties. It's a slang term for being able to jump."
Wade Davis' shaky ninth denied a win for Rockies starter Chad Bettis, who allowed one run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. The Braves entered the game with a Major League-best 56 runs scored, the highest total through a season's first seven games since the 2003 Yankees.
"That's Chad Bettis," catcher Wolters said. "He executed. He made really good adjustments early. His changeup is his second best pitch, and it was up in the zone early. He made good adjustments keeping it down. He started throwing the cutter a little bit more, which started turning into more of a slider. He threw some really good curveballs close to the lefties, he executed fastballs up and in and consistently all night. He did a great job and took their aggressiveness away."
The outing paired with his five-inning, two-run win in San Diego gives him a pair of solid starts, and the rematch with the Braves rekindled thoughts of Bettis' first start in 2017 -- seven innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win over Atlanta after four and a half months on the disabled list recovering from cancer treatment.
"That game's kind of in the past," Bettis said. "It's in the lock-box. It's something I'll cherish forever. Today was just another day. Another game to go out there and give my team a chance to win."
Making his first start of the season, Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez surrendered Nolan Arenado's RBI single in the third inning and then made a mistake on a 2-1 slider to Story, who snuck a solo homer over the left-center-field wall to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Story's solo shot was his 53rd career homer -- the most by a shortstop through his first 251 games. It was also the 27th home run Sanchez has allowed over the 113 1/3 innings he has totaled since the start of last season.
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Ninth-inning rally:Kurt Suzuki drew a one-out pinch-hit walk off Davis and scored the tying run when Dansby Swanson and Ryan Flaherty followed with consecutive singles off Davis, who suffered his first blown save since signing a three-year, $52 million deal this offseason. Through eight games, Flaherty has three multi-hit performances, two fewer than his total from the 2016 and '17 seasons combined.
Influential review: Wolters quickly pounced on Albies' bunt as he slid on his knees and fired a strike to first base to record the second out of the sixth. The Braves challenged and the call was ruled as stands because there was not definitive evidence Albies was safe. The speedy second baseman would have likely scored to tie the game when Freddie Freeman followed with a RBI double to the left-center-field gap.
"I think the bunt I had is the most barrell I've gotten in a while." -- Wolters, on his ninth-inning pop-bunt single to first
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Story has nine career home runs against the Braves, each of which has come within a span of 42 at-bats dating to July 22, 2016.
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The Rockies challenged a play in the third inning when Inciarte was initially ruled safe at first on a fielder's choice. After a review, replay officials ruled the ball contacted first baseman Ian Desmond's glove before Inciarte's foot hit the bag and the call was overturned, resulting in a 5-4-3 inning-ending double play.
Left-hander Kyle Freeland will take the mound at 1:10 p.m. MT on Sunday in the series finale with the Braves. Freeland threw six innings of three-run ball against them in a 4-3 loss at Coors Field last season.
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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.