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Gonzo's go-ahead RBI snaps Rockies' four-game winning streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Luis Gonzalez is on the brink of joining some select company.

The Arizona slugger drove in the go-ahead run with his 499th career double and the Diamondbacks rallied to snap the Colorado Rockies' four-game winning streak, 5-4 on Wednesday night.

With one more double, Gonzalez will become the 21st player in major league history to have 500 doubles and 300 career home runs.

"I'm still in awe about it," Gonzalez said. "I look at the list and see the names on it. I have all the respect in the world for all the former major league players. Nowadays I think the art of the double is kind of gone, because everybody counts on the home run. But for me it's an exclusive club I can be a part of."

The victory came in front of 18,664 -- the smallest home crowd in the Diamondbacks' nine-year history.

The previous record small crowd at Chase Field -- formerly Bank One Ballpark -- also against Colorado, was 18,776 came almost exactly one year ago -- on April 11, 2005.

Brad Hawpe misjudged Gonzalez's liner in the seventh inning and it sailed over the right fielder's head to bring home Chad Tracy from second. Conor Jackson tried to score from first but was thrown out at the plate.

Colorado, which had won its first four road games for the first time in franchise history, took a 4-3 lead on Hawpe's solo home run off Miguel Batista in the sixth.

However, the Diamondbacks scored twice in the seventh. Eric Byrnes and Tracy singled to put runners on first and third with one out. Jackson dribbled one toward the mound, but catcher Danny Ardoin mishandled reliever Ray King's' underhand throw to the plate and the score was tied.

"The play at the plate, if Ardoin gloves the ball, he's out," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said, "so we had a hand in about everything that went sideways on us tonight."

Gonzalez followed with the go-ahead double.

"Gonzo's been a pretty special player here in Arizona," manager Bob Melvin said, "the face of our team and probably the most popular sports figure in Arizona. The accolades keep piling on and they're well-deserved."

Jackson and Chris Snyder homered for Arizona, and Tracy went 3-for-4.

Greg Aquino (1-0) got the victory with 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

King (0-1) gave up two runs, one earned, and three hits with one walk to take the loss.

The Rockies scored a pair of unearned runs in the first. Cory Sullivan singled, then Clint Barnes bunted and reached on an error when Batista couldn't pick up the ball. Todd Helton walked. One run scored when Garrett Atkins grounded into a double play and the other on Batista's wild pitch.

Jackson's first-inning homer cut Arizona's lead to 2-1, then the Diamondbacks went up 3-2 on Snyder's two-run shot in the second.

Colorado tied it at 3-3 on pitcher Jeff Francis' two-out, bases loaded single in the fourth. A second runner, Matt Holliday, crossed the plate, but home plate umpire Lance Barksdale ruled that Ardoin had been thrown out at third for the final out before the second run scored.

"I'm not sure Holliday finished that play strong," Hurdle said. "Ardoin makes a bad decision. The plays right in front of him and he makes the third out at third."

But Holliday disputed the call, saying he touched the plate and saw the play at third.

"I turned and saw the guy (Ardoin) get out, so I don't see how I hadn't touched the plate when he was out," Holliday said.

Ardoin took the blame.

"Obviously Gonzalez's arm has recovered from last year," he said. "I should have held up right there. It was a bad read on my part. I should have shut it down at second."

The Rockies had runners at first and third with no outs in the fifth, but Helton struck out looking and Atkins hit into another double play.

Notes

  • The Diamondbacks have no left-handed pitchers after placing Terry Mulholland on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.
  • Gonzalez, who had major elbow surgery near the end of the 2004 season and certainly is not known for his arm strength, threw out Ardoin twice -- once to second and once to third. It was Gonzalez's first two-assist game since June 22, 2004.
 
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D'oh! Colorado's Danny Ardoin gets tagged out by Orlando Hudson after overrunning second base.  (AP)
D'oh! Colorado's Danny Ardoin gets tagged out by Orlando Hudson after overrunning second base. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Colorado

J. Francis
IP 5.2
H 5
ER 3
BB 2
K 6
 
Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF5120022
Clint Barmes, SS3110010
Todd Helton, 1B3000113
Garrett Atkins, 3B4110011
Matt Holliday, LF4010000
Brad Hawpe, RF4111022
Luis Gonzalez, 2B4010010
Danny Ardoin, C2010101
   a- Jason Smith, PH1000010
Jeff Francis, P2011100
    David Cortes, P0000000
    Ray King, P0000000
    Tom Martin, P0000000
   b- Eli Marrero, PH1000010
Totals334923109 
a-struck out for Ardoin in the 9th
b-struck out for Martin in the 9th
Batting
HR - Brad Hawpe (, Batista)
SH - Clint Barmes ()
RBI - Brad Hawpe (), Jeff Francis ()
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francis ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
E - Danny Ardoin (, Missed catch)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis 5.2533262
David Cortes (H,) 0.1000000
Ray King (BS,; L,-) 1321100
Tom Martin 1000000
IBB - Snyder by Jeff Francis
HBP - Green (by Jeff Francis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 97-60, David Cortes 1-1, Ray King 21-13, Tom Martin 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 5-6, Ray King 3-0, Tom Martin 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 25, David Cortes 1, Ray King 7, Tom Martin 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF4110010
Chad Tracy, 3B4130000
Conor Jackson, 1B4111012
    Tony Clark, 1B0000000
Luis Gonzalez, LF4011002
Damion Easley, SS2000210
Shawn Green, RF3100013
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010002
Chris Snyder, C3112101
Miguel Batista, P2000022
    Greg Aquino, P0000000
   a- Andy Green, PH1000000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000
   b- Jeff DaVanon, PH1000000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000
Totals325843612 
a-grounded out for Aquino in the 7th
b-grounded out for Vizcaino in the 8th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (, King)
3B - Orlando Hudson (, Francis)
HR - Conor Jackson (, Francis), Chris Snyder (, Francis)
RBI - Conor Jackson (), Luis Gonzalez (), Chris Snyder 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson (), Chris Snyder 2 ()
SB - Shawn Green (, 2nd base off Francis/Ardoin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Luis Gonzalez 2
DP - Easley-Hudson-Jackson, Tracy-Hudson-Jackson
E - Miguel Batista (, Wild throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista 5.2942351
Greg Aquino (W,-) 1.1000020
Luis Vizcaino (H,) 1000010
Jose Valverde (S,) 1000020
IBB - Ardoin by Miguel Batista
WP - Miguel Batista 2 ()
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 100-59, Greg Aquino 16-11, Luis Vizcaino 11-8, Jose Valverde 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 9-1, Greg Aquino 1-1, Luis Vizcaino 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 27, Greg Aquino 4, Luis Vizcaino 3, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18679
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Paul Schrieber