The Wacky World of the Rockies Back-to-Back, Walk-Off Wins

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On Monday, the ending was worth the wait.

With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond doubled, and one pitch later, Raimel Tapia delivered the game-winning single in the Rockies 4-3 victory. And that came the day after Tony Wolters lifted a sacrifice fly to left to cap off a two-run ninth inning that allowed the Rockies to claim an 8-7 victory against the Orioles.

That's 11 times in franchise history that the Rockies have had back-to-back, walk-off victories, and in two of those 11 occasions the Rockies had three consecutive walk-offs.

It's something about the good vibrations of Coors Field.

The first two times the Rockies had back-to-back walkoffs came in the first two regular-season games played at Coors Field -- April 26-27, 1995. The Rockies hosted the Mets in the season-opener which was delayed because of the players' strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series and led to the delay of the start for 1995 season.

Dante Bichette brought that to an end with a one-out, three-run home run off Mike Remlinger in the 14th inning.

And the next day, the Rockies made it two in a row when Walt Weiss delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth.

In 1996, the Rockies had back-to-back walkoffs for a second time, and it was the same opponent -- the Mets.

June 20-22, 2002 the Rockies had three consecutive walk-offs for the first of two times in franchise history. They knocked off the Yankees 14-11 in 10 innings on June 20 thanks to a three-run Todd Zeile home run. And then came back-to-back victories against the Rays, 8-7 in 10 innings on a two-out Larry Walker single June 21, and a Todd Hollandsworth single for a 6-5, 11-inning win against the Rays the next day.

They also had three walk-off wins in a row July 4-7, 2010. Helton's sacrifice fly gave the Rockies a 4-3, 15-inning win against the Giants on July 4. After an off day, Seth Smith delivered a three-run home run that capped off a nine-run ninth inning and gave the Rockies a 12-9 win against the Cardinals, who were the victims of a Chris Iannetta walk-off home run on July 7.

​Ryan Spilborghs, now a part of the Rockies television crew, made his mark in the world of walk-offs. When the Rockies victimized the Marlins 6-5 in 11 innings on July 3, 2008, and 18-17 on July 4, Spilborghs delivered the game-ending two-run single on July 3.

It was a Spilborghts grand slam that capped a five-run inning that lifted the Rockies to a 6-4, 14-inning win against the Giants on Aug. 24. That set up the Rockies 5-4, 10-inning win against the Dodgers two days later.