Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after beating the Colorado Rockies 12-11 in 10 innings in a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski By Ed Andrieski
DENVER -- Kelly Johnson homered to lead off the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks, after blowing a six-run lead and then falling behind by five, rallied past the Colorado Rockies 12-11 Wednesday.
Johnson sent a drive from Franklin Morales (0-2) over the center-field wall. His eighth homer of the season capped a seesaw game that saw abbreviated outings by both starters, a dozen extra-base hits and the ejection of Arizona manager A.J. Hinch.
Bob Howry (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Juan Gutierrez got three outs for his first save in two chances.
Diamondbacks' Benson lifted with shoulder soreness
Arizona right-hander Kris Benson was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies after two innings because of soreness in his pitching shoulder.
Benson allowed four runs and four hits in the abbreviated start, his third of the season for the Rockies. He began the year at Triple-A Reno after signing a minor league free agent deal with the Diamondbacks in March.
The Diamondbacks are Benson's third team in the last three seasons. He missed all of the 2007 season after undergoing rotator cuff surgery and a procedure on his elbow in the spring of that year while with the Baltimore Orioles.
With the Texas Rangers last year, he split time between the rotation and the bullpen in between a stint on the disabled list for right elbow tendinitis.
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