Brad Hawpe’s two-out sinking liner in the top of the 11th fell in between Suzuki and a diving Reed, allowing Matt Holliday to score from second in the Rockies’ 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Both Suzuki and Reed made aggressive initial moves toward the liner, but there appeared to be a miscommunication over who would take the ball. Reed’s diving effort might land him on the disabled list after he broke his right thumb when he landed awkwardly.
“Either one of us could have gotten it, but both of us thought about it and didn’t go all the way,” Suzuki said through a translator.
Reed is scheduled to see a hand specialist in Seattle on Monday.
J.D. Closser followed with a single to shallow center, just over the head of second baseman Jose Lopez, to score Hawpe with what proved to be the winning run. The Rockies took two of three from the Mariners and finished interleague play 11-4, the best record in the National League.
“We’ve had good fortune with it this year, there is no doubt about it,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of the Rockies’ interleague success. “We took advantage of it this year, now we’ve got to get the (NL) West in front of us and focus on that.”
Suzuki hit his sixth home run in the bottom of the 11th off reliever Scott Dohmann, but Ray King picked up his first save since 2001 when he got Raul Ibanez to fly out to the warning track in center for the final out.
Suzuki was 6-for-11 with two homers and a triple in the three-game series.
“I’m glad we’re not facing Ichiro anymore. Obviously he was a real rock in our shoe,” Hurdle said.
Holliday, headed for his first All-Star game, led off the 11th with a double down the right-field line off reliever Julio Mateo (5-2). After Garrett Atkins grounded out and Jorge Piedra fouled out to third, Hawpe hit a 2-2 pitch from Eddie Guardado.
Hawpe was hitting just .222 with runners in scoring position and two outs, and Closser’s single was only his ninth RBI of the season.
Brian Fuentes (2-1) retired the last two batters of the ninth and pitched a perfect 10th for the win. He stifled the Mariners’ chance to win it in the ninth.
Fuentes struck out Ibanez on four pitches, then got Willie Bloomquist to tap back to the mound to end the threat. Lefties are hitting just .069 against Fuentes.
“I had never faced him before and he’s funky and his fastball comes up. It’s a totally different look,” Ibanez said. “He’s definitely a tough at-bat.”
Seattle missed a chance to move into a virtual tie with Oakland atop the American League West. The Mariners had won their last five series and finished 14-4 in interleague games.
Ibanez led off the sixth with a hard grounder down the first-base line. Todd Helton made a nice diving stop but couldn’t scramble to the base in time as Ibanez won the race with a feet-first slide.
Sexson then hit the first pitch from Jennings 408 feet into the left-field seats, curling just inside the foul pole.
It was Jennings’ only mistake, as he allowed just two runs and seven hits in seven innings. He has not lost in his last five starts, going 3-0 during that stretch. He escaped a jam in the seventh, when Lopez flew out to shallow right and Hawpe threw out Yuniesky Betancourt at home trying to score from third.
Seattle starter Jarrod Washburn was solid, but lost a chance at his first win since June 9 in the eighth. Jamey Carroll walked to lead off, and Clint Barmes was safe on a bunt single. Helton then walked on four pitches and Washburn was pulled.
Closer J.J. Putz got Holliday to fly out to right and Carroll chose not to test Suzuki. But Atkins came through, lining out to Suzuki in deep right, allowing Carroll to score.
Colorado’s other run off Washburn came in the fifth. With one out, Choo Freeman singled to right off the glove of Lopez, advancing Closser to third, and Closser scored on Carroll’s sacrifice fly to center.
Washburn scattered six hits and struck out three, but walked four batters. He has won just once since May 24 and picked up his third straight no-decision.
Colorado improved to 5-1 in extra-inning games. Seattle fell to 3-4. … Beltre had a 14-game hitting streak snapped. … Helton singled in the sixth, his 32nd straight game reaching base via a hit or walk. It’s the longest streak of his career and three games shy of the club record.