Being in the middle of the action mattered little to Cincinnati Reds right-hander Nick Masset(notes), who appeared to be the last guy inside of Coors Field who realized pinch runner Chris Nelson(notes) was breaking for home plate.
In yet another head-shaking moment in Colorado Rockies comeback lore, Nelson stole the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Thursday afternoon after Masset astonishingly turned the wrong direction twice during a belated pickoff attempt.
Masset's mental vacation allowed Nelson to slide home safely with the deciding run in Colorado's 6-5 victory, their seventh straight, which gave them a four-game sweep of the Reds and helped to bring them within 3 1/2 games of first place in the NL West.
Read More »from Steal! Reds' Masset turns wrong way on Rockies theft of home
"It's one of those things you think will never happen, and it happened," said [Masset, whose team dropped its fifth straight to finish 1-6 on its road trip].