Hawpe nearly hits for cycle in victory over Arizona
PHOENIX ” Brad Hawpe fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle and drove in four runs Tuesday night and the Colorado Rockies won their fourth in a row, spoiling the Arizona Diamondbacks’ home opener 6-5.
Todd Helton drove in two runs with his first homer of the season for the Rockies, who were coming off a road sweep at San Diego.
Hawpe homered to lead off the second, doubled in the fourth and drove in two with a triple in the fifth ” all off Arizona’s Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. Hawpe bounced out to short, but drove in a run, in the seventh. He was on deck in the ninth when Matt Holliday grounded out to end the inning.
Shawn Green, 2-for-19 to start the season, hit a 431-foot home run off closer Brian Fuentes to lead off the ninth. One out later, Orlando Hudson reached on an infield single and Tony Clark hit ball off the wall about two feet foul in the right-field corner.
With Hudson on second base after a wild pitch, Clark struck out swinging and Fuentes got Craig Counsell to hit a fly ball to right field to break the club record with his 18th consecutive save ” first this season.
Cory Sullivan led off the game with a single, then Helton hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field seats. Hawpe’s leadoff home run in the second made it 3-0.
Aaron Cook (1-1) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings to beat the Diamondbacks after losing to them in Colorado 4-2 last week. Hernandez (1-1) threw 108 pitches in 4 2-3 innings. He gave up five runs on six hits, struck out six, walked two and hit two.
Hernandez hit Helton and walked Garrett Atkins before Hawpe’s two-run triple down the right-field line put the Rockies up 5-0.
Craig Counsell’s bases-loaded triple into the right-center gap cut it to 5-3 in the fifth.
Johnny Estrada and Orlando Hudson singled, then Tony Clark walked to bring Counsell to the plate. Counsell scored on Jeff DaVanon’s ground out to make it 5-4.
Hawpe got his fourth RBI when Garrett Atkins scored from third on a ground out to put Colorado ahead 6-4 in the seventh.
A bizarre double play ended the Diamondbacks’ threat in the first inning.
Arizona had the bases loaded with one out in the first when Conor Jackson hit a blooper to left field. A charging Holliday trapped the ball. Jeff DaVanon ran home from third, but Chad Tracy stayed on second, believing the ball was caught.
Holliday threw to third for a force, then the relay to second ended the inning. Initially, the run counted, but the umpires huddled and took it off the board, leaving the Rockies up 2-0.
Hernandez escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth when Cook popped out and Sullivan grounded out to first.
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