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Fowler erases mistake with winning hit

Dexter Fowler made the most of another chance.

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 in a 5-hour, 7-minute marathon.

Fowler misplayed a line drive by Trent Oeltjen into an inside-the-park homer in the 12th that gave the Dodgers 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."

J.C. Romero (1-0) pitched the 13th and Eric Young stole a career-high three bases for the Rockies.

Dodgers starter Ted Lilly was forced to leave after 4 2/3 innings because of stiffness in the right side of his neck.

-- AP

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