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Colorado120000000382

Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 3

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DENVER -- One move was all it took. When Arizona put Jeff DaVanon in the leadoff spot Friday night and dropped Craig Counsell to eighth, it paid off immediately.

DaVanon hit a two-run homer and Counsell added two RBI, sending the Diamondbacks to a rain-delayed 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

"I'm a genius for a day," manager Bob Melvin said.

Brandon Medders threw two strong innings of relief to help Arizona end a three-game skid.

Batting leadoff for the eighth time this year, DaVanon hit his fourth home run.

"Jeff had shown us back in spring training that he was a good fit batting leadoff," Melvin said. "Craig had been struggling a bit and we moved him down in the order to give him another look."

Counsell, who was 4-for-35 in his previous nine games, drove in runs with a single and a groundout.

"Nothing changes. You are who you are as a hitter," Counsell said. "I just had the chance to come up in a couple of less-than-two-out situations and got us a run each time."

Medders (2-2) took over for starter Miguel Batista, who pitched the first four innings before rain stopped play for 2 hours, 39 minutes. Medders struck out three in two scoreless innings, and Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his eighth save.

An estimated 2,000 fans from the original crowd of 26,313 remained after the delay, and the stadium crew began cleaning the upper decks of Coors Field while the game was still in progress.

"I swear that is the first time I have ever seen that," Arizona left fielder Luis Gonzalez said.

Byung-Hyun Kim (5-5) took the loss, giving up four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Todd Helton, J.D. Closser and Kim each drove in a run for Colorado.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Batista on Helton's sacrifice fly.

Arizona snapped Kim's consecutive scoreless streak at Coors Field at 14 1/3 innings with three runs in the second.

Johnny Estrada hit a leadoff double, moved up on Orlando Hudson's deep fly to center and scored when Counsell singled through a drawn-in infield. One out later, DaVanon drove the first pitch he saw into the seats in right.

"(Kim) threw me a couple of pitches in during the first at-bat," DaVanon said. "I moved off the plate a little and looked for the same pitch, and he threw it."

The Rockies tied it at 3 in the bottom half when Closser drove in Brad Hawpe with his first triple of the year. Kim helped himself with an RBI single.

Arizona went ahead 4-3 in the fourth when Counsell drove in Hudson with a one-out grounder. Hudson reached third on a single and Kim's errant pickoff attempt that got past Helton at first base.

"I don't make any excuses," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "They were a little better than us tonight and we couldn't score after the second."

Notes

Diamondbacks INF Andy Green turned 29. ... Kim pitched for the Diamondbacks from 1999-03 and is the franchise's career leader in appearances (243). ... Helton had reached base safely in 35 consecutive games.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

J. DaVanon
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

J. Carroll
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jeff DaVanon, CF3112100 .278
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Chad Tracy, 3B4000002 .270
Shawn Green, RF3000100 .306
Conor Jackson, 1B4010000 .269
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000002 .257
Johnny Estrada, C4110000 .316
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110001 .258
Craig Counsell, SS3112100 .264
Miguel Batista, P2000011 .143
    Brandon Medders, P1000001 .000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Byrnes, PH-CF1000000 .294
Totals33454317 
a-popped out for Lyon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Johnny Estrada (18, Kim)
HR - Jeff DaVanon (4, Kim)
RBI - Jeff DaVanon 2 (28), Craig Counsell 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff DaVanon 2 (12)
SB - Craig Counsell (11, 2nd base off Kim/Closser)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Brandon Medders (1, Wild throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista 4533010 5.01
Brandon Medders (W,2-2) 2100130 3.95
Luis Vizcaino (H,17) 1100020 3.93
Randy Choate (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Brandon Lyon (H,17) 0.2100010 4.73
Jorge Julio (S,8) 1000000 3.57
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 57-28, Brandon Medders 38-26, Luis Vizcaino 19-12, Randy Choate 3-3, Brandon Lyon 12-6, Jorge Julio 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 6-4, Brandon Medders 2-2, Luis Vizcaino 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0, Jorge Julio 1-2
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 16, Brandon Medders 9, Luis Vizcaino 4, Randy Choate 1, Brandon Lyon 3, Jorge Julio 3
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B4120012 .329
Cory Sullivan, CF3010111 .274
Todd Helton, 1B3001012 .300
Matt Holliday, LF4010001 .337
Garrett Atkins, 3B4010002 .306
Brad Hawpe, RF4110012 .312
J.D. Closser, C4111011 .227
Clint Barmes, SS4000021 .206
Byung-Hyun Kim, P1011000 .174
    Tom Martin, P1000000 .000
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000000 .236
    Scott Dohmann, P0000000 .000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   b- Jorge Piedra, PH1000000 .171
Totals343831712 
a-grounded out for Martin in the 7th
b-fouled out for Mesa in the 9th
Batting
3B - J.D. Closser (1, Batista)
SF - Todd Helton (4)
RBI - Todd Helton (42), J.D. Closser (11), Byung-Hyun Kim (2)
2-OUT RBI - Byung-Hyun Kim (2)
CS - Cory Sullivan (3, 2nd base by Batista/Estrada)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Clint Barmes (9, Wild throw), Byung-Hyun Kim (1, Wild pickoff attempt)
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim (L,5-5) 4.2543211 4.89
Tom Martin 2.1000100 3.93
Scott Dohmann 1000000 5.01
Jose Mesa 1000000 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 76-46, Tom Martin 30-16, Scott Dohmann 11-7, Jose Mesa 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 7-7, Tom Martin 7-0, Scott Dohmann 1-2
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 22, Tom Martin 8, Scott Dohmann 3, Jose Mesa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26313
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino