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PHOENIX -- Facing a 1-2 count against the most consistent reliever in Arizona's bullpen, Danny Ardoin narrowed his focus.

The backup catcher hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the eighth inning, and the Colorado Rockies overcame an early injury to starting pitcher Zach Day in a 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"I'm just trying to make solid contact right there, and I got a slider over the plate and put the barrel on it," said Ardoin, who connected off Brandon Medders (2-1) for his fourth homer in 66 games this season. "It was a good feeling. Nice things happen."

The 384-foot drive was the fourth earned run allowed by Medders in 20 appearances since June 30, and raised his ERA to 1.98.

Randy Williams (3-0) worked 1 2/3 innings for the victory, Scott Dohmann pitched a perfect eighth and Brian Fuentes, Colorado's seventh pitcher, finished with a perfect ninth for his 29th save in 32 chances. Colorado has won four of its last five games.

"That was a very resilient victory," manager Clint Hurdle said. "You lose your starter one hitter into the game, and give up two quick, tie it up, go behind, tie it up, go ahead and then get it tied up. That was a big swing of the bat from Ardoin late."

Tony Clark drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks with a pair of homers and a double, and Troy Glaus hit his 36th homer.

Clark also homered twice Sept. 8 at Pittsburgh. He went 3-for-3 and raised his average to .313 and has 27 homers. Of his 98 hits, 50 are for extra bases.

Arizona starter Dustin Nippert allowed five runs, four hits and six walked in 4 2/3 innings.

"I pretty much had trouble getting everything over except my fastball, and when you do that hitters are just going to wait for it," Nippert said.

Day's night ended after his second pitch, when Craig Counsell lined the ball back to the mound and it broke the right-hander's right thumb.

"That was unfortunate for Zach," Fuentes said. "He was a guy that had some issues earlier and was starting to come back, and it stinks that his season's over, but the bullpen came in -- Jose Acevedo and everybody who came after him. Randy (Williams) did a great job of getting the lefties out, and Dohmann comes in and sets me up. It was great we were able to get (setup man) Mike DeJean a day off. He's been working a ton lately."

Acevedo followed Day by allowing three runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.

After retiring Luis Gonzalez on a foulout, Acevedo gave up a double to Shawn Green and Clark's two-run homer.

Clint Barmes' solo homer and Matt Holliday's RBI single tied the score in the third, but Clark's RBI double put Arizona back ahead 3-2 in the bottom half.

Colorado took a 5-3 lead in the fifth on Garret Atkins' RBI double off Nippert and Ryan Shealy's two-run single against Lance Cormier.

"Pinch-hitting is not easy, and I've never really done it, but fortunately I was able to help the club out tonight," said Shealy, in his third stint with the Rockies after being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sept. 6.

Clark and Glaus homered off David Cortes in the bottom half, the club-record 10th time this season Arizona hit consecutive homers. Clark had his second multihomer game of the year and month, the 19th of his career.

"What can you say?" Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We've seen it all year long. It's too bad that we had to waste his outing again. We've done that a few times where he's really carried us."

Notes

  • Glaus' homer moved him out of a tie with Steve Finley and Matt Williams for third in Diamondbacks franchise history.
  • Arizona hit consecutive homers nine times in 1998, 1999 and 2002.
 
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Arizona

T. Clark
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Colorado

D. Ardoin
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R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
Clint Barmes, SS5111010 .308
Cory Sullivan, CF4110111 .282
Todd Helton, 1B3110210 .307
Matt Holliday, LF5011013 .297
Garrett Atkins, 3B5111013 .281
Brad Hawpe, RF3000111 .277
Luis Gonzalez, 2B3100102 .282
Danny Ardoin, C2111200 .233
Zach Day, P0000000 .182
    Jose Acevedo, P1000011 .125
    Ryan Speier, P1000000 .000
   a- Ryan Shealy, PH1012000 .338
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
    Randall Williams, P0000000 .000
   b- Larry Bigbie, PH1000010 .242
    Scott Dohmann, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals346767811 
a-singled for Speier in the 5th
b-struck out for Williams in the 8th
Batting
2B - Garrett Atkins (25, Nippert)
HR - Clint Barmes (9, Nippert), Danny Ardoin (4, Medders)
RBI - Clint Barmes (38), Matt Holliday (66), Garrett Atkins (73), Danny Ardoin (17), Ryan Shealy 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Shealy 2 (13)
SB - Clint Barmes (5, 2nd base off Nippert/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Helton-Barmes-Williams
Colorado Rockies
Zach Day 0.1000000 6.85
Jose Acevedo 2.1633111 6.71
Ryan Speier 1.1100020 4.50
David Cortes (BS,2) 1.1322002 4.02
Randall Williams (W,3-0) 1.2100110 7.59
Scott Dohmann (H,6) 1000020 5.88
Brian Fuentes (S,29) 1000010 2.41
IBB - Tracy by Jose Acevedo
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Day 2-1, Jose Acevedo 51-29, Ryan Speier 19-13, David Cortes 29-20, Randall Williams 23-14, Scott Dohmann 9-7, Brian Fuentes 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Acevedo 2-4, Ryan Speier 1-1, David Cortes 3-1, Randall Williams 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach Day 1, Jose Acevedo 14, Ryan Speier 5, David Cortes 7, Randall Williams 6, Scott Dohmann 3, Brian Fuentes 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5000013 .262
Luis Gonzalez, LF5110011 .266
Shawn Green, CF5110011 .296
Tony Clark, 1B3234100 .313
Troy Glaus, 3B3111011 .264
    Alex Cintron, 3B1010000 .271
Chad Tracy, RF3000101 .290
Royce Clayton, SS4010010 .264
Chris Snyder, C3010003 .205
   a- Andy Green, PH1000000 .118
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
Dustin Nippert, P2010010 .333
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .333
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1010000 .231
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   c- Kelly Stinnett, PH-C1000010 .286
Totals3751152710 
a-flied out for Snyder in the 8th
b-doubled for Cormier in the 6th
c-struck out for Medders in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (30, Acevedo), Shawn Green (35, Acevedo), Tony Clark (21, Acevedo), Quinton McCracken (4, Cortes)
HR - Tony Clark 2 (27, Acevedo, Cortes), Troy Glaus (36, Cortes)
RBI - Tony Clark 4 (78), Troy Glaus (93)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Clark 2 (36)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Luis Gonzalez 1
E - Troy Glaus (23, misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dustin Nippert 4.2455631 7.45
Lance Cormier 1.1200110 5.28
Brandon Medders (L,2-1) 2111021 1.98
Tim Worrell 1000020 4.81
WP - Dustin Nippert (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Nippert 107-55, Lance Cormier 23-12, Brandon Medders 21-18, Tim Worrell 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Nippert 6-6, Lance Cormier 1-1, Brandon Medders 2-2
Batters Faced - Dustin Nippert 25, Lance Cormier 6, Brandon Medders 7, Tim Worrell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20207
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Larry Poncino, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Gary Darling