Rockies defeat Nationals with MLB's first walk-off pitch clock violation

Ryan McMahon drew a bases-loaded, ninth-inning walk in the first walk-off pitch clock violation in major league history as the Colorado Rockies defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 8-7 on Saturday night.

Hunter Goodman and Jake Cave opened the ninth with singles against Kyle Finnegan (2-4). After failing to sacrifice, Brenton Doyle grounded a single to left, scoring Goodman with the tying run. Ezequiel Tovar single to right, loading the bases with no outs. With a 3-2 count on McMahon, Finnegan was called for a pitch-clock violation, resulting in ball four.

McMahon had three hits including a homer, and Goodman and Brendan Rodgers also homered for Colorado.

Jalen Beeks (4-3) pitched 1⅓ scoreless innings for the win.

Luis Garcia, Jr. homered and CJ Abrams finished a triple short of the cycle, drove in two runs and scored twice for Washington.

Garcia's two-run homer gave Washington a 7-5 lead in the eighth.

McMahon homered off Hunter Harvey in the eighth to pull the Rockies within 7-6.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first. Tovar singled with one out and McMahon followed with an infield single. Jacob Stallings lined a single to center scoring Tovar.

Abrams doubled leading off the third and went to third on a balk. Lane Thomas blooped a single to center that scored Abrams. Thomas went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Eddie Rosario.

Tovar walked with one out in the bottom of the third and McMahon singled. Rodgers smacked a first-pitch fastball out to center for his fourth homer of the season and Colorado led 4-2.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon is doused after drawing a game-winning walk (via pitch clock violation).
Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon is doused after drawing a game-winning walk (via pitch clock violation).

Abrams homered leading off the fifth — his team-leading 12th of the season — to pull Washington within 4-3. Washington's Jesse Winker was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after he was called out on strikes in the fifth.

Keibert Ruiz walked and Jacob Young singled to start the seventh. Abrams singled, scoring pinch runner Drew Millas to tie it. After Abrams was caught stealing, Thomas lined a single to center, scoring Young to give Washington a 5-4 lead.

Goodman hit his seventh homer of 2024 in the bottom half to tie it 5-5.

Washington starter Mitchell Parker gave up four runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked two over six innings. Colorado's Cal Quantrill also pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pitch clock violation gives Rockies walk-off win over Nationals