Inside another great Colorado run

Updated: August 25, 2009, 2:01 PM ET
By Buster Olney
There was gleeful jumping and running and hat-tossing and a pig-pile kind of thing, and this was all taking place about 1,500 miles away from the Little League World Series. The Colorado Rockies won again late Monday night, another walk-off victory, pushing their advantage in the wild-card race to four games, as Troy Renck writes.

The Rockies are three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers as they start a home series against the NL West leaders tonight, after having been 15½ games out of first place on June 3; Colorado has won 51 of its past 73 games.

The Rockies began the season with a payroll of about $75 million, and like a lot of teams they've been broadsided by the nation's declining economy. But midway through this season, when the Rockies were just a few weeks into their run, they had developed a glaring need in their bullpen -- they needed to spend more money to add help.

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd sorted through different options and presented the possibilities to club chairman Charlie Monfort and president Keli McGregor. "When you get right down to it," O'Dowd said Monday evening, "it comes right out of their pocket. … They've never said 'no' when I've come to them with something like that, though."

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