Diamondbacks rally to snap Rockies’ win streak
PHOENIX ” Luis Gonzalez drove in the go-ahead run with his 499th career double and Arizona rallied to snap the Colorado Rockies’ four-game winning streak, 5-4 Wednesday night in front 18,664 ” the smallest home crowd in the Diamondbacks’ nine-year history.
Brad Hawpe misjudged Gonzalez’s liner in the seventh inning and it sailed over the right fielder’s head to bring home Chad Tracy from second. Conor Jackson tried to score from first but was thrown out at the plate.
Colorado, which had won its first four road games for the first time in franchise history, took a 4-3 lead on Hawpe’s solo home run off Miguel Batista in the sixth.
However, the Diamondbacks scored twice in the seventh. Eric Byrnes and Tracy singled to put runners on first and third with one out. Jackson dribbled one toward the mound, but catcher Danny Ardoin mishandled reliever Ray King’s’ underhand throw to the plate and the score was tied.
Gonzalez followed with the go-ahead double.
The previous record small crowd at Chase Field ” formerly Bank One Ballpark ” also against Colorado, was 18,776 came almost exactly one year ago ” on April 11, 2005.
Jackson and Chris Snyder homered for Arizona, and Tracy went 3-for-4.
Greg Aquino (1-0) got the victory with 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief. King (0-1) gave up two runs, one earned, and three hits with one walk to take the loss. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
The Rockies scored a pair of unearned runs in the first. Cory Sullivan singled, then Clint Barnes bunted and reached on an error when Batista couldn’t pick up the ball. Todd Helton walked. One run scored when Garrett Atkins grounded into a double play and the other on Batista’s wild pitch.
Jackson’s first-inning homer cut Arizona’s lead to 2-1, then the Diamondbacks went up 3-2 on Snyder’s two-run shot in the second.
Colorado tied it at 3-3 on pitcher Jeff Francis’ two-out, bases loaded single in the fourth. A second runner, Matt Holliday, crossed the plate, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale ruled that Ardoin had been thrown out at third for the final out before the second run scored.
The Rockies had runners at first and third with no outs in the fifth, but Todd Helton struck out looking and Atkins hit into another double play.
Notes: The Diamondbacks have no left-handed pitchers after placing Terry Mulholland on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow. … Gonzalez, certainly not known for his arm strength, threw out Ardoin twice ” once to second and once to third. It was Gonzalez’s first two-assist game since June 22, 2004.
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