The drive to left brought gasps from the hopeful crowd leaving the bat, but it didn't have enough carry. It fell in the glove of Manny Ramirez, short-circuiting the final Rockies threat."Quarter of an inch off the barrel," Holliday said, his mood less than festive as he was surrounded by camera crews. "We've got to go out there tomorrow and put it all on the line." The Rockies thought they were back in business when Holliday turned on Papelbon's heater. "I jumped up to the top step of the dugout," Herges said. "It just got in on him a little. He missed it by an inch, maybe, in the middle of the bat. In July, it was gone. Same with Spilly's ball." Spilborghs was facing Mike Timlin with two on in the sixth, the Rockies having scored twice -- RBI singles by Hawpe and Torrealba -- after a pair of walks got Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the game. Lifting his drive to center, arcing toward the 415 sign, Spilborghs thought it had a chance. Jacoby Ellsbury caught it a stride from the wall. "I hit it almost as perfectly as I could," Spilborghs said. "On a warmer day, it might have had a chance." Asked if he felt the Rockies were close to regaining the magic that lifted them to wins in 21 of 22 games coming into the Fall Classic, Spilborghs shook his head. "We never thought we lost the magic," he said. "Even in the ninth inning tonight, we thought we were going to come back and win. The magic is there. "We're the same guys. We're playing good baseball. They're playing great baseball -- I'm not going to take anything away from them. We've just got to match it."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.