Colorado at Arizona

W: B. Webb (2-0) L: B. Fuentes (0-2)
S: B. Lyon (4)
HR: COL - None   ARI - None

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2

CBS wire reports

PHOENIX -- Tony Clark once had three straight 30-homer seasons. Now he has to be content with pinch-hitting, and he got plenty of satisfaction out of one at-bat Tuesday night.

Clark doubled off the center-field wall in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run on Royce Clayton's single in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

"I was simply trying to get a ball up and put a good swing on it, and it got over (Preston Wilson's) head out there," Clark said. "I swallowed my pride a long time ago. If it was to bloop over the infield and fall in, that's fine, too."

Luis Gonzalez, the lone regular held over from last year's 111-loss campaign, said Clark represents the 2005 team's hidden strength -- the bench.

"We didn't have that last year," said Gonzalez, who drove in two runs. "It's nice when you've got guys who can step up and do that."

Gonzalez, who had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, doubled to score Clayton in the eighth.

Brandon Lyon pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

The rally against Colorado relievers Brian Fuentes (0-2) and Ryan Speier ruined Shawn Chacon's bid for a win in his first start after a year in the bullpen.

It also extended the Rockies' losing streak to six games, including five straight on the road, their worst start ever.

Aaron Miles had an RBI single and Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly for Colorado.

Chacon hadn't started since Aug. 16, 2003, and hadn't won as a starter since June 23, 2003, at San Diego. He spent last year as the Rockies' closer, recording 35 saves. Chacon allowed one run on six hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out four.

"He was really good to watch pitch tonight," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He look comfortable and he had command of all his pitches. He gave us six good innings."

Brandon Webb (2-0) prevailed in the second straight pitching duel between the teams, working eight innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks. Arizona's Brad Halsey beat the Rockies 2-0 on Monday.

Fuentes pitched a scoreless inning in the seventh, but Arizona took advantage when Miles bobbled Quinton McCracken's grounder for an error in the eighth.

McCracken scored from second on Clark's double, tying the game and leading to Speier's entry.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin had a feeling the switch-hitting Clark was the man for that spot.

"You can't imagine how hard it was for me to hit for Craig Counsell," Melvin said. "I mean, Craig finds a way to get everything done. But, you know, I've seen that lefty (Fuentes) on our lefties too many times. That's why we have Tony -- we know we're going to get our matchup with him."

Miles had two singles off Webb -- one that ended Webb's three innings of perfection and the other tying the game at 1 in the sixth inning following J.D. Closser's leadoff double. It snapped the Rockies' 14-inning scoreless streak.

But the second baseman was distraught about his glitch in the field.

"I charged and it kind of got me out of sync," Miles said. "My feet froze up and the ball popped out. It was a very costly error for us in a game we had a chance to win."

Webb set down nine batters before Miles chopped a single that went into left field after skipping off the tip of Troy Glaus' glove.

The Rockies took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Todd Helton doubled, was sacrificed to third by Wilson and scored easily on Holliday's fly to center.

Webb walked Brad Hawpe and Closser, and gave up a single to Desi Relaford after the score, but the inning ended when Chacon grounded out to third.

The Diamondbacks turned two double plays for him, including an unusual 5-6-3 when Clayton fished Glaus' throw from third off his shoetops, and ended the game with a third.

"Defense is a big savior for me," Webb said. "I'm supposed to get a lot of groundballs, and I did tonight. Our defense has been tremendous all year."


Chacon picked off Clayton at first for the second out of the first inning, minimizing the damage of a double-single start. ... The crowd of 20,725 was the second-smallest at Bank One Ballpark, following Monday's 18,742. ... Webb, a sinkerball specialist, needed only 12 pitches in the first two innings and 94 for the game.
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Players of the Game

B. Webb
IP 8.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 2
K 4

R. Clayton
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Colorado Rockies
Aaron Miles, 2B4021000 .393
Clint Barmes, SS4000012 .333
Todd Helton, 1B4120001 .417
Preston Wilson, CF3010011 .182
Matt Holliday, LF3011012 .233
Bradley Hawpe, RF3000101 .294
Desi Relaford, 3B4020000 .500
J.D. Closser, C3110101 .176
Shawn Chacon, P2000013 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
2B - Todd Helton (3, Webb), J.D. Closser (1, Webb)
SF - Matt Holliday (1)
SH - Preston Wilson (1), Shawn Chacon (1)
RBI - Aaron Miles (4), Matt Holliday (4)
SB - Aaron Miles (1, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Barmes-Miles-Helton
E - Aaron Miles (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Shawn Chacon 6611040 1.50
Brian Fuentes (BS,1; L,0-2) 1.1121000 5.79
Ryan Speier 0.2211000 4.91
WP - Ryan Speier (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Chacon 88-58, Brian Fuentes 15-10, Ryan Speier 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Chacon 7-6, Brian Fuentes 3-1, Ryan Speier 1-1
Batters Faced - Shawn Chacon 23, Brian Fuentes 5, Ryan Speier 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B3110000 .346
   a- Tony Clark, PH1011000 .500
    Luis Terrero, PR0100000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Royce Clayton, SS4131010 .259
Luis Gonzalez, LF3012001 .379
Troy Glaus, 3B4000012 .250
Shawn Green, RF4010011 .310
Chad Tracy, 1B3010001 .357
Chris Snyder, C3010002 .389
Quinton McCracken, CF3100011 .214
Brandon Webb, P2000001 .000
   b- Matt Kata, PH-2B0000000 .000
a-doubled for Counsell in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Webb in the 8th
2B - Craig Counsell (1, Chacon), Tony Clark (1, Fuentes), Royce Clayton (2, Chacon), Luis Gonzalez (3, Speier), Chad Tracy (2, Chacon), Chris Snyder (2, Chacon)
SF - Luis Gonzalez (1)
SH - Matt Kata (1)
RBI - Tony Clark (3), Royce Clayton (2), Luis Gonzalez 2 (7)
PK - Royce Clayton (1, Chacon)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Glaus-Clayton-Tracy, Webb-Clayton-Tracy, Kata-Clayton-Tracy
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb (W,2-0) 8822240 2.70
Brandon Lyon (S,4) 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 94-64, Brandon Lyon 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 14-4, Brandon Lyon 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 32, Brandon Lyon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20725
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - John Hirschbeck