Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon hits grand slam walk-off to beat Angels

Charlie Blackmon ripped a grand slam over the right-field fence to give the Rockies a dramatic 8-4 walk-off victory over the Angels at Coors Field on Friday night.

“I really just needed to not make an out and that’s it. I wasn’t really trying to hit for extra bases or swing hard,” Blackmon said. “All wins count the same, but that’s a good time to win.”

Colorado starting pitcher German Marquez threw seven strong innings, the bullpen lost the lead but a resilient Rockies’ offense battled back. Colorado, after being swept in three games by the Padres this week, turned the page in a big way to start a nine-game homestand, inching a bit closer toward the eighth and final National League playoff spot at 21-23.

The Angels took a first-inning lead when Rockies shortstop Trevor Story uncharacteristically made an errant throw to second on a fielder’s choice that allowed LA’s Jared Walsh to score. The Angels kept their momentum rolling when Justin Upton slapped a first-pitch single to left, sending Mike Trout home, to go up 2-0.

That’s when Marquez — 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA over his previous six starts — finally found his rhythm. He allowed six hits, struck out five, and didn’t allow a run over his final six innings pitched Friday.

“He didn’t have his overpowering fastball that we’ve seen in the past, but it had good movement,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I thought the changeup, slider and curve all played tonight. … He gave us a good start after giving up those two scratch-runs in the first and held the fort down until late in the game, which was awesome. Very impressive for German. I thought he threw the ball well.”

The Rockies tied the game in the third. Set up by a Josh Fuentes single and Tony Wolters walk, Story blasted an RBI double to deep center. A Blackmon sacrifice fly scored Wolters. The stalemate extended into the fifth inning when Story hit a stand-up triple off the right-field wall that brought home Ramel Tapia — giving Colorado its first lead, 3-2, which the bullpen could not hold.

The Rockies turned to newly acquired reliever Mychal Givens in the eighth and Daniel Bard in the ninth. Both Colorado pitchers allowed solo home runs (Walsh and Anthony Bemboom) as LA took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the frame.

The Angels went to closer Ty Buttrey. Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon made him pay with a homer to left. Fuentes doubled and pinch-hitting Daniel Murphy got intentionally walked before LA pulled Buttrey for southpaw Jose Quijada — who loaded the bases after four straight balls to Story.

Blackmon’s moment to shine arrived with two outs facing a 3-1 count. His walk-off grand slam marked just the second in Colorado franchise history (Ryan Spilborghs, 2009 vs. Giants).

“That was really great to see from Chuck,” Black said. “Let’s hope that jumpstarts Charlie and he can put more swings (together) like tonight, tomorrow, the next day, the day after that, and the next 16 games.”

The Rockies faces the Angels on Saturday and Sunday to close out their three-game series.