The Colorado Rockies had to wait 14 days and nearly 11 hours of doubleheader baseball just to win one game.
The Rockies dropped 11 straight, including an 11-10 decision to the Oakland Athletics in the first game of Monday's day-night doubleheader, before they rallied to take the nightcap 10-9 in 10 innings.
''To be honest with you, I don't remember what happened,'' Colorado manager Buddy Bell said after the Rockies erased an early 4-0 deficit and rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth inning that tied it 9-9. ''I don't even know what day it is. All I know is I am here chewing on a piece of lettuce.''
Mike DeJean (4-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for Colorado, which had not won since beating San Diego on July 3.
''I knew it wasn't going to be easy,'' said Cirillo, who also began an inning-ending double play in the top of the inning with a runner on base. ''We'd been playing good teams during the losing streak. We need to play them more like we did in the first half.''
In other interleague action, it was: Detroit 3, Cincinnati 1; Baltimore 5, Florida 3; Cleveland 8, Houston 6; Boston 7, Montreal 3; Tampa Bay 8, Atlanta 6; Philadelphia 10, the New York Yankees 8; the Chicago Cubs 3, Kansas City 1; the Chicago White Sox 11, Milwaukee 2; St. Louis 8, Minnesota 3; the New York Mets 7, Toronto 5 in 11 innings; Arizona 7, Seattle 0; Anaheim 3, San Diego 2; and San Francisco 10, Texas 8.
In the only NL game, Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh 9-6.
It appeared that the Rockies would be one loss away from tying the longest losing streak in club history, but Jeff Cirillo, Todd Helton and Todd Walker hit consecutive singles off Jason Isringhausen (4-3) to get even in the ninth.
''That was a great win,'' Bell said. ''The way we did it made it that much nicer.''
Cirillo singled in Tom Goodwin against Scott Service to win it in the 10th.
''I don't think I've ever had a hit off Scott Service before,'' Cirillo said.
The first half of the wild twinbill, that began at 1 p.m. CDT and lasted nearly 11 hours, went to Oakland.
Olmedo Saenz had three hits, including a double and home run, and four RBIs, and Jeremy Giambi added a two-run homer for the A's.
Mike Magnante (1-1) earned the win with 1 1-3 innings of one-run ball, and Isringhausen earned his 20th save.
Larry Walker drove in three runs and reached the 1,500 hit plateau. Gabe White (6-1) took the loss.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Davey Johnson remained hospitalized Monday -- one day after experiencing dizziness caused by an irregular heart rhythm. Dr. Michael Mellman, one of the team's physicians, changed the medication Johnson was taking for a similar episode about five years ago. So far it has done the trick.
''Davey is doing well and his heart appears to be quite normal at this point, so we're just making sure all the remaining tests are normal and then we'll let him out in the next couple of days,'' Mellman said. ''I'm not sure which day, but I would guess he'll return sometime this homestand.''
The Dodgers leave for a 10-game trip to Colorado, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh after concluding a three-game series Sunday against San Francisco. Johnson wanted to be at Dodger Stadium for Monday night's game against Pittsburgh, but his doctor wanted to play it safe.
''There's my wishes, and then there's Davey's wishes,'' Mellman said during an impromptu press briefing behind the Dodger Stadium press box. ''He would rather be here than there -- and as soon as I'm done here, I'm going to go negotiate with him in the hospital and see what happens. But he will remain in the hospital tonight -- absolutely. I'll have to block the door, but he'll be there.''
Mellman assured everyone that Johnson's earlier episode was not connected to this one.
''It's irrelevant at this point,'' he said. ''It seems to be a separate event. There's no reason to suspect he'll have any limitations.''
Johnson also was examined Monday by Dr. Phil Frankel, a cardiologist at Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, where Johnson spent Sunday night. The 57-year-old manager was in a private room at the facility.
Bench coach Jim Tracy is managing the Dodgers in Johnson's absence. In their first game under Tracy, the Dodgers rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Pirates on Sunday night.
Dodgers CEO Bob Daly doesn't think Johnson's health scare will have an impact on his ability to manage -- or the team's decision whether to bring him back for another year.
''He had this trouble four years ago, and I had family members that have this. So this really is a very simple thing to get under control,'' Daly said. ''It's all about medication. So I don't think this will have any effect on him managing at all.
''I know the pressure I feel, so he must feel double that amount,'' Daly added. ''But I've asked the doctors about that, and their general feeling is that if he was watching on television, he'd have the same pressure. In fact, he'd probably feel more pressure because he feels he should be doing different things.''
Johnson was driven to Verdugo Hills hospital early Sunday by his wife, Susan, and evaluated in the emergency room, where the problem was diagnosed. Several hours later, at Mellman's request, Johnson was transported by ambulance to Centinela Hospital.
Johnson, who played 13 seasons in the majors and helped Baltimore win two World Series, reportedly has been in danger of losing his job because of the Dodgers' 46-44 record.
Johnson, in his second season in Los Angeles, also managed Baltimore for two seasons, Cincinnati for three and the New York Mets for seven. He guided the Mets to the World Series title in 1986.
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