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Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7

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DENVER -- With a low arm angle and a nasty slider, Colorado Rockies closer Brian Fuentes had allowed only two hits to left-handed hitters all season.

Knowing this, Arizona's Chad Tracy went up there with one intention -- swinging where he thought the ball might be. After taking a slider, Tracy guessed right on the next pitch and his grand slam helped send the Diamondbacks to an 8-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

"I was just trying to make contact," Tracy said of his second career grand slam, both coming this season. "I got a pitch I could handle. He'd hard to hit."

On this night, the Diamondbacks teed off on the All-Star closer in the ninth. Arizona tagged Fuentes (2-2) for six runs and six hits in one-third of an innings.

Luis Vizcaino (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. ...

After scoring seven runs in the ninth -- sending 12 batters to the plate and going through four Colorado pitchers -- the Diamondbacks figured the game was secure.

Not exactly.

The Rockies had a rally of their own, scoring six runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull within one, but Jorge Julio struck out Omar Quintanilla with runners on first and second for his ninth save in 10 chances.

"We threw a punch back," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin leaned back in his chair after the game, exhausted from watching the ninth inning. Starters Jason Jennings and Brandon Webb, neither figuring in the decision, gave up two runs between them.

"Both starters were unbelievable," Melvin said.

The teams combined for 13 runs in the ninth, marking the most runs scored in the last inning in the majors since the Detroit Tigers scored 13 on Aug. 8, 2001, at Texas.

"I thought we were going to breeze through," Webb said after giving up one run and striking out six in seven innings. "You never say that at Coors Field. It's a little crazy here."

Eric Byrnes, Shawn Green and Conor Jackson each singled against Fuentes with no outs in the ninth. Tracy then hit a pitch over the plate to right for his 13th homer.

The Diamondbacks added a few more insurance runs, and they needed all of them.

After Johnny Estrada struck out, Orlando Hudson doubled and Counsell singled. With one out, Ramon Ramirez came in for Fuentes. Jeff DaVanon hit a sacrifice fly off Ray King, and Byrnes and Green also had run-scoring singles in the inning for the Diamondbacks.

Fuentes had held lefties to an .067 average this season (2-for-30) but allowed lefties Tracy and Green to get hits off him in the inning.

"It wasn't Brian's finest hour," Hurdle said. "He got the ball up and in the middle of the plate. That's a recipe for bad things to happen."

Jennings was cruising along before he surrendered a game-tying home run to Counsell off the right-field foul pole in the eighth. It was Counsell's third home run of the season.

"Counsell has had some success off me," Jennings said of Counsell, who's hitting .393 off the Rockies' ace.

Jennings pitched eight innings, striking out eight and allowing six hits. In his last three outings, he's given up 11 hits in 22 innings.

Yorvit Torrealba hit an RBI single in the fifth and a three-run double in the ninth for Colorado.

Webb didn't allow a ball out of the infield until the fourth inning. The Rockies had six groundouts and three strikeouts to start the game.

In the fourth, Carroll led off with a double to right-center and Quintanilla bunted him over to third. Todd Helton hit a flyball to center and Carroll tagged on the play. Byrnes then threw a strike to Estrada from center to nail Carroll at the plate.

After the game, Melvin raved about Estrada's defense. He also threw out two baserunners. Not bad for someone taking a ball in the chin early on and having a bad headache.

"He played great," Melvin said.

Byrnes also was robbed of a two-run home run by Matt Holliday in the third. Holliday reached over the left-field fence to make the catch. Jennings waited at the top of the dugout steps to thank Holliday for the catch.

Notes

Colorado had won five straight series before Arizona came to town. It's the first home series loss since June 9-11 against Los Angeles. ... Jackson was 3-for-5.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Colorado

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jeff DaVanon, LF3001130 .273
Eric Byrnes, CF5121001 .296
Shawn Green, RF5121000 .308
Conor Jackson, 1B5130002 .276
Chad Tracy, 3B4124001 .273
Johnny Estrada, C4010011 .315
Orlando Hudson, 2B4110031 .258
Craig Counsell, SS4231010 .270
Brandon Webb, P2000011 .167
   a- Luis Gonzalez, PH1000000 .256
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy Green, PH0100100 .210
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Totals378148297 
a-grounded out for Webb in the 8th
b-walked for Vizcaino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Orlando Hudson (15, Fuentes)
HR - Chad Tracy (13, Fuentes), Craig Counsell (3, J. Jennings)
SF - Jeff DaVanon (4)
RBI - Jeff DaVanon (29), Eric Byrnes (33), Shawn Green (38), Chad Tracy 4 (50), Craig Counsell (27)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (20), Shawn Green (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eric Byrnes 1
DP - Byrnes-Estrada
E - Jeff DaVanon (2, Dropped fly)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb 7411160 2.65
Luis Vizcaino (W,3-3) 1000010 3.82
Greg Aquino 0.2354120 5.34
Jorge Julio (S,9) 0.1010210 3.54
HBP - Atkins (by Greg Aquino)
WP - Brandon Webb (2), Jorge Julio (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 100-63, Luis Vizcaino 11-7, Greg Aquino 29-16, Jorge Julio 21-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 9-4, Luis Vizcaino 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 24, Luis Vizcaino 3, Greg Aquino 7, Jorge Julio 4
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B3110201 .329
Omar Quintanilla, SS4110023 .200
Todd Helton, 1B4000023 .296
Matt Holliday, LF3000112 .334
Garrett Atkins, 3B3210020 .306
Brad Hawpe, RF4111011 .311
Yorvit Torrealba, C4124000 .235
Choo Freeman, CF2000011 .247
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH-CF2100010 .272
Jason Jennings, P2010000 .212
   b- Jorge Piedra, PH1000000 .167
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .667
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    David Cortes, P0000000 .000
   c- Luis Gonzalez, PH0000100 .236
Totals3277541011 
a-struck out for Freeman in the 8th
b-grounded out for J. Jennings in the 8th
c-walked for Cortes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (11, Webb), Omar Quintanilla (1, Aquino), Yorvit Torrealba (5, Aquino)
SH - Omar Quintanilla (1)
RBI - Brad Hawpe (49), Yorvit Torrealba 4 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe (13), Yorvit Torrealba 4 (12)
CS - Matt Holliday (3, 2nd base by Webb/Estrada), Yorvit Torrealba (2, 2nd base by Webb/Estrada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Carroll-Helton, J. Jennings-Helton, Quintanilla-Carroll-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings 8611181 3.67
Brian Fuentes (L,2-2) 0.1666011 3.89
Ramon Ramirez0011100 3.00
Ray King 0.1200000 4.07
David Cortes 0.1000000 4.45
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 99-63, Brian Fuentes 23-16, Ramon Ramirez 7-3, Ray King 6-5, David Cortes 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 6-7
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 28, Brian Fuentes 7, Ramon Ramirez 1, Ray King 3, David Cortes 1
Game Information
Attendance - 22874
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Ed Hickox