Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/14/12

The Colorado Rockies got an adequate outing from starter Josh Outman but found a different way to lose Wednesday.

They were 20-0 when leading after eight innings, with 13 of those wins coming at home, but that streak came crashing down when the Oakland A's scored three runs in the ninth off closer Rafael Betancourt to pull out a 10-8 win.

The loss was a season-high seventh straight for the Rockies, their longest losing streak since they dropped nine in a row Sept. 15-23, 2011. At 24-37, the Rockies are a season-worst 13 games below .500. And Colorado is 0-8 in interleague play with all the losses coming at home.

Betancourt, whose 10th and most recent save was June 3, blew his second save opportunity, the first one coming May 2. He gave up a leadoff single to Coco Crisp, a flare into right field. After a sacrifice, Crisp stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly, just beating right fielder Michael Cuddyer's throw and tying the game at 8. Seth Smith then doubled off the wall in left center. After pinch hitter Josh Reddick was intentionally walked, Brandon Inge scorched a two-run double down the left field line.

Betancourt had been scored upon in just three of his previous 22 games. He tied a season high giving up three hits, which was one more hit than Betancourt had allowed in his previous seven games covering seven innings.

"It's a terrible feeling, terrible," Betancourt said. "I don't care about my personal stuff. I hurt the team."

The Rockies fell to 8-28 when their starter goes fewer than six innings.

Outman gave up six hits and five runs in five innings while throwing 79 pitches in his third start for the Rockies. He gave up a two-run homer in the first and a two-run homer in the three-run fourth to Brandon Moss, who should never have batted. Josh Donaldson, batting just ahead of Moss with one out and a runner on first, hit a potential double-play grounder to second baseman Chris Nelson. However, Nelson dropped the ball and was only able to force Inge at second base with Donaldson beating shortstop Marco Scutaro's throw.

Cuddyer's second homer gave the Rockies an 8-5 lead in the fourth, but Jonny Gomes homered off Adam Ottavino in the sixth. The A's scored an unearned run in the seventh when Scutaro made an error to cut the Rockies' lead to one run and set the stage for their ninth-inning rally.

The Rockies have allowed at least seven runs in each of their past five games and in three of them they have yielded at least 10 runs. The pitching staff has an overall ERA of 5.41, with the starters' ERA at 6.31. This was the first time in the seven-game losing streak that the starter did not get the loss, and Outman's effort lowered the starters' ERA during the seven-game losing streak to 13.35 (29 2/3 innings, 44 earned runs) from 14.23.

During the seven-game losing streak, the pitchers have allowed 17 home runs, 12 by the starters.

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