Dexter Fowler made amends to his teammates on the Colorado Rockies in the best way possible.
Fowler atoned for a crucial mistake by hitting an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning Saturday that gave the Colorado Rockies a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fowler misplayed a line drive by Trent Oeltjen into an inside-the-park homer in the 12th that gave Los Angeles a 6-4 lead.
But after Colorado tied it again, Mark Ellis hit a two-out double in the 13th and Fowler lined a single inside third base off Blake Hawksworth (2-4).
"I figured he probably wasn't going to go in, so I was looking for the ball out, away," Fowler said. "That's what he gave me."
After his botched play in the 12th, Fowler led off the bottom half with a walk. After getting to third when Troy Tulowitzki singled to right, Fowler scored when Todd Helton doubled on the 15th pitch from closer Javy Guerra. Helton, who earlier homered on his 38th birthday, helped set up a tying grounder by pinch-hitter Eliezer Alfonzo.
"I can't tell you I've seen a better at-bat than Todd Helton took," manager Jim Tracy said. "Obviously, it's the at-bat of the season. It's not surprising that it's that guy."
Helton fouled off eight two-strike pitches from Guerra before he lined a double to right field. Helton, who said he was trying repeatedly to hit a home run, said the key to the at-bat was "basically finally getting a strike to hit. I chased a lot of balls out of the zone, fouled them off. (I was) able to get something down a little bit and put the bat head on it..."
As for maintaining his concentration and focus during that long confrontation, Helton said, "I guess you focus on the process instead of what could happen, just focus on taking the right swing and getting the right pitch."
Elsewhere in the National League: Atlanta 8 Arizona 1; Philadelphia 5 Washington 0; Milwaukee 11 N.Y. Mets 9; Chicago Cubs 3 St. Louis 0; Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 3; San Diego 14 Florida 1 and Houston 7 San Francisco 5.
At Denver, J.C. Romero (1-0) pitched the 13th for the Rockies, who won the five-hour, seven-minute marathon to improve to 2-6 in extra-inning games. For Guerra, it was his first career blown save after converting his first 10 opportunities, a stumble due in large part to Helton.
"I think it was his best against mine," Guerra said. "Today was his day and he got me."
After Helton's hit, the Rockies tied the game with one out when Alfonzo grounded to third baseman Miles, and Tulowitzki scored.
"I wasn't set up (to throw home)," Miles said. "It would've been a sidearm throw, and with Tulowitzki running right away I don't think I would have gotten him. We were playing for the tie there anyway."
The Rockies loaded the bases in the 11th with one out but failed to score.
Eric Young Jr. stole a career-high three bases for Colorado, scored twice and drove in a run. The Rockies survived a shaky start from Esmil Rogers, who gave up a career-high 12 hits in six innings.
Dodgers starter Ted Lilly gave up three hits and three runs in 4 2-3 innings. He was forced to leave because of stiffness in the right side of his neck.
Braves 8 Diamondbacks 1
At Atlanta, Dan Uggla homered twice and drove in three runs as the Braves beat Arizona 8-1, further frustrating the Diamondbacks' efforts to pull clear in the National League West race.
Phillies 5 Nationals 0
At Washington, D.C., Roy Oswalt pitched eight scoreless innings to steer Philadelphia to victory over Washington. Oswalt was supposed to start for the Phillies on Friday but a rain delay in that game meant he was moved back to Saturday.
Brewers 11 Mets 9
At New York, Prince Fielder hit a long home run early and a tying single in the ninth inning that lifted Milwaukee to a win over New York.
Cubs 3 Cardinals 0
At Chicago, Matt Garza pitched seven scoreless innings as Chicago put a further dent in St. Louis' fading playoff hopes. Garza struck out eight and won at Wrigley Field for the first time in almost two months.
Pirates 5 Reds 3
At Pittsburgh, Neil Walker had two RBI singles, the second driving in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, to help Pittsburgh defeat Cincinnati.
Padres 14 Marlins 1
At San Diego, Orlando Hudson homered and drove in four runs and Nick Hundley also homered in going 4 for 4 as San Diego romped over Florida.
Astros 7 Giants 5