Gonzalez completes cycle with winning blast
DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez drove the first pitch of the ninth inning into the upper deck in right field to complete the cycle and lead Colorado to a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
"I didn't even think I hit it that hard," Gonzalez told reporters. "I think the pitch helped me, too. It was 90-something, inside, and hit right on the barrel.
"It was unbelievable. I didn't even know that ball was going to end up in the third deck."
He is the sixth Colorado player to hit for the cycle of a single, double, triple and home run, and the first since Troy Tulowitzki did it last year, also against the Cubs.
Gonzalez was 4-for-4 with two RBI's and a sacrifice fly.
He then hit the home run off Sean Marshall to follow up Friday's 4-for-6 performance in a 17-2 win.
"Let me start this by saying we've seen enough of Mr. Gonzalez," Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell said, filling in for manager Lou Piniella who is attending the funeral of his uncle.
"Geez. He's put on quite a show the last couple games. Quite a blast."
Rockies starter Jason Hammel left in the eighth inning with a 5-2 lead and with two runners on and one out. Reliever Rafael Betancourt, however, then blew the save when he gave up a game-tying three-run homer to Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee.
Huston Street, however, pitched a scoreless ninth for the Rockies, before Gonzalez's blast won the game shortly afterwards. Street (2-2) was credited with the win.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by John O'Brien)