Lamb's grand slam lifts Arizona past Colorado
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Lamb's first career grand slam, coming with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifted Arizona to a 5-2 victory over Colorado in the opener of a three-game series.
Rex Brothers (4-6) walked Ender Inciarte and Cliff Pennington to start the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch which put both in scoring position. David Peralta walked and Adam Ottavino was summoned. He induced a comebacker from Mark Trumbo which turned into a force at the plate, before Miguel Montero fanned.
Lamb then put the hosts ahead for good with a shot to dead-center which cleared the yellow line with plenty of room to spare.
"He put a nice short stroke to the ball," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Lamb's grand slam. "He put a good swing on a mistake pitch."
Brad Ziegler (5-2) allowed a run on three hits in the top of the eighth before Lamb came to the rescue. Addison Reed tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 31st save.
"It was a tremendously bad performance on my behalf," said Ziegler.
Pennington drew three walks, while Peralta scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who needed just three hits to snap a three-game slide.
Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon drove in a run each for the Rockies, losers in four consecutive contests.
The D-backs finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth. Peralta hit a one-out triple and Trumbo was given a free pass before Rox starter Christian Bergman yielded to Christian Friedrich. Trumbo advanced on a passed ball, then Montero fanned ahead of a wild pitch that scored Peralta.
Arenado doubled home Drew Stubbs to tie the game in the seventh, and Colorado took the lead against Ziegler in the eighth.
Josh Rutledge, DJ LeMahieu and pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes hit consecutive singles off Ziegler, then a fly to left from Blackmon scored Rutledge.
Arizona starter Josh Collmenter was pulled after 81 pitches and 6 1/3 innings, having allowed a run on two hits with five strikeouts ... Bergman also gave up a run on two hits, while lasting 5 1/3 frames ... Reed converted his 11th straight save opportunity and hit the 100-save plateau for his career ... Barnes' pinch-hit in the eighth was his 16th this season, tops in the majors. He also improved to 6-for-10 in pinch-hit appearances vs. Arizona in 2014.
08/30 02:21:15 ET