National League Game Summary - Arizona at Colorado
(Saturday, September 22nd)
Final Score: Arizona 8, Colorado 7
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Aaron Hill tripled, drove in four and scored a
run as the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the Colorado Rockies, 8-7, in the second
of a four-game set at Coors Field.
Jason Kubel had two hits and drove in a pair and Chris Johnson had an RBI for
the D'backs, who trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 4 1/2 games for the final NL
wild card spot.
"We still got a little time left," Kubel said. "If we keep this up, we can
make things interesting and hopefully put more pressure on the teams in front
Brad Bergesen (2-0) got the win after tossing two scoreless innings and J.J.
Putz picked up his 31st save with a perfect ninth.
Jordan Pacheco went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Wilin Rosario added three hits,
including a solo homer run, for the Rockies, who have dropped eight straight.
Carlos Torres (4-3) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on
three hits and three walks over one-plus innings. Jhoulys Chacin started for
Colorado and gave up three runs on seven hits over four innings.
Arizona wasted no time and scored three in the first. Adam Eaton opened the
game with a leadoff triple then scored on Pacheco's ground out. Justin Upton
followed with a double before Paul Goldschmidt smacked a double of his own
into right-center field to score Upton. Kubel knocked in Goldschmidt with a
base hit to left-center.
The Rockies plated four runs in the second to take the lead. Andrew Brown
opened the frame with a solo shot to left field. DJ LeMahieu tripled then
scored on Chacin's base hit.
Dexter Fowler's bunt single moved Chacin to second and Josh Rutledge pushed
the pitcher to third with a ground out. Pacheco followed with a double to
plate Chacin and Rutledge.
Rosario's solo blast in the third made it 5-3 Colorado.
The D'backs scored five in the sixth inning to take the lead for good. Hill
smoked a triple to right-center field with the bases loaded.
Back-to-back walks to Upton and Miguel Montero loaded the bases once again,
and Kubel delivered a sacrifice fly to score Hill. Johnson's RBI single
capped the scoring for the inning.
"The base on balls really hurt," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said of the sixth
inning. "We set the stage for them and reset the stage for them."
The Rockies would add one run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but it
would be as close as they would get.
Matt McBride's pinch-hit single in the sixth scored Tyler Colvin and Rutledge
scored when Rosario grounded into a double play in the seventh.
Putz worked a perfect ninth to seal the win.
Patrick Corbin started for the D'backs and allowed five runs on nine hits over
three innings ... Arizona won for just the 14th time this season when its
starting pitcher fails to go at least six innings ... The Rockies are 5-16 in
09/23 01:08:15 ET
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