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Outman comes up short again for Colorado

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Left-hander Josh Outman was sitting on a big lead and in line for a win, but for the second straight start he couldn't make it through the requisite five innings.

Saturday at Texas, Outman took the mound in the fifth with the Colorado Rockies leading the Rangers 11-1. Manager Jim Tracy loosened the reins on the 75-pitch limit for his four starters and let Outman throw 92 pitches.

It wasn't enough to get him through the fifth. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and was knocked out during Texas' six-run fifth that cut the Rockies' lead to 11-7, which turned out to be the final score.

The Rockies staked Outman to a 7-0 lead after two innings Thursday. This time, he gave back the entire lead as the Nationals erupted for five runs in the third, which turned out to be Outman's last inning. The Nationals tallied four more runs to tie the game at 9 in the fifth, and Bryce Harper led off the ninth with a homer to tie the game at 10.

But the Rockies won 11-10 in 11 innings when Marco Scutaro, who had grounded into a double play to end the ninth and who was 13-for-68 with runners in scoring position, singled home the winning run.

"We made it a lot harder on ourselves than we needed to," manager Jim Tracy said. "They played with grit and determination, as they continue to do. They were turned away a couple times, but we won the ballgame. We split a series with a first-place club."

Outman, whose ERA rose from 8.64 to 9.32, left after throwing 67 pitches. He gave up a leadoff walk to Tyler Moore to open the third followed by pitcher Edwin Jackson's single.

Danny Espinosa singled to load the bases. Outman struck out Harper, but Ryan Zimmerman singled home two runs, and Michael Morse hit a three-run homer.

"The leadoff walk set the table for the whole inning," Outman said. "In that situation, with a seven-run lead, I have to go right after that guy. That's been my issue all year. Even games like this one and Texas, when I was in control early, it's that big inning that I haven't had any luck being able to limit the damage at all."

Morse's home run sent center fielder Dexter Fowler back to the fence, where he jumped but was unable to catch the ball that just dropped over the wall.

"That was a pop-up home run, thanks to Coors Field," said Outman, who has allowed at least four runs in each of his past five starts.
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