Hawpe stays hot, Rockies beat Diamondbacks, 5-3
PHOENIX ” Brad Hawpe homered for the fourth straight game, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Hawpe’s home run streak matches the third-longest in club history. The record is five straight, shared by Larry Walker and Dante Bichette. And none of Hawpe’s homers have come in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Hawpe had two hits and was 6-for-11 with seven RBIs as the Rockies took two out of three from their NL West rivals.
Josh Fogg (2-0) gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. Brian Fuentes got the last three outs for his second save.
Hawpe, who fell a single shy of hitting for the cycle in Tuesday night’s series opener, was halfway to a cycle by the fourth inning, when he doubled off Arizona starter Russ Ortiz (0-2).
Already leading 1-0 on Hawpe’s homer, the Rockies made it 3-0 in the fourth on doubles by Garrett Atkins, Hawpe and Choo Freeman.
The three-run lead appeared to be enough for Fogg. After giving up a single leadoff hitter Craig Counsell in the first, Fogg retired the next 10 batters before Chad Tracy hit a 441-foot homer into the center-field pavilion to cut Arizona’s deficit to 3-1 in the fourth.
The Rockies answered in the fifth with one-out doubles by Clint Barmes and Todd Helton.
Ortiz gave up four runs on eight hits ” seven for extra bases ” in 4 1-3 innings. The right-hander, 103-60 in seven seasons with San Francisco and Atlanta before signing a four-year, $33 million contract with Arizona in December 2004, is 5-13 since joining the Diamondbacks.
Arizona pulled to 4-3 in the sixth. With one out, Counsell doubled and scored on Jeff DaVanon’s double. DaVanon came around on Tracy’s single, which chased Fogg from the game.
Left-hander Tom Martin came on and retired Luis Gonzalez and Tony Clark to end the threat. Martin also pitched a scoreless seventh inning, and Jose Mesa worked the eighth.
Colorado made it 5-3 in the ninth on doubles by Matt Holliday and Barmes.
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