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Atkins hits two-run double in ninth, Rockies rally past D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Trailing Arizona by two runs in the ninth inning Sunday, the Colorado Rockies appeared in trouble when Diamondbacks closer Jorge Julio ambled in from the bullpen.

Julio had posted four saves against Colorado since July 7.

"We had probably a little larger desire than normal to put something on him," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

And that's what the Rockies did, stunning Julio with four runs on their way to a 9-7 victory over the Diamondbacks.

It was Julio's second blown save in 14 chances since he replaced Jose Valverde as Arizona's closer.

"We don't just go away," Hurdle said. "We play nine innings.

"I was real proud of the way the guys played, the way they battled, the way they were able to finish," Hurdle said.

Colorado had lost 11 of its last 12 games, a slide that began with a three-game sweep by Arizona in Denver. Julio (1-4) saved all three of those games, as well as the second game of this three-game series, but the Rockies still believed they would solve him Sunday.

"I think we were due to get Julio sooner or later," said Colorado infielder Jamey Carroll, whose infield single started the rally.

The loss cost the Diamondbacks a share of first place in the NL West. They wrapped up a 7-3 homestand and are in third place, one game behind San Diego. But the loss still stung.

"Come tomorrow, come later on, you realize it was a good homestand, but games like that hurt," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "That's a tough loss."

The Diamondbacks appeared headed for victory when they scored six runs in the fourth inning to overcome a 5-1 deficit. Conor Jackson, Luis Gonzalez, Shawn Green and Carlos Quentin each hit doubles in the inning against former Diamondback Byung-Hyun Kim, who lasted 3 2/3 innings, one out longer than his shortest start of the season.

Gonzalez had three hits -- a triple, double and single.

"This doesn't knock us down," Gonzalez said. "The positive thing is we won the series and that's most important."

The Diamondbacks took two out of three from Colorado. But they were poised to sweep when Melvin summoned Julio for the fourth consecutive day.

Carroll, pinch-hitting for catcher Jeff Closser, led off the ninth by beating out a ground ball for a single.

"Run hard until you're out," Carroll said.

After Julio walked pinch-hitter Jorge Piedra, Corey Sullivan bunted the runners into scoring position. Clint Barmes' infield single -- his fourth hit of the day -- scored Carroll and sent pinch-runner Choo Freeman to third base.

That set the stage for Garrett Atkins, whom Hurdle had moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup one day earlier. Atkins drilled a double to score two runs and give the Rockies an 8-7 lead.

Melvin replaced Julio with Brandon Medders, who gave up an RBI single to Todd Helton.

Julio yielded four runs, three hits and a walk while retiring only one batter.

Melvin said he didn't hesitate to use Julio for a fourth straight day. "Several times, before the game, during the game, as he was warming up, we monitored him," Melvin said. "He said he felt great. Velocity was there. He just got beat tonight."

Julio said he wasn't tired.

"It's bad luck today," he said. "I've got more games to continue so I'm happy. I'll come back Tuesday. It's a long season."

The Diamondbacks open a 10-game road trip Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Tom Martin (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory. Rockie closer Brian Fuentes got the final three outs for his 17th save in 21 chances.

For the Rockies, the victory provided a measure of relief at the end of a 2-8 homestand. Colorado is tied for fourth in the NL West, 4½ games out of first, as it opens a 10-game homestand Monday night against St. Louis.

"Stuff like this definitely does spark a team, and I hope it does for us," Carroll said.

Notes

  • DaVanon's leadoff homer was the 18th in Arizona history and the third this year. He also led off the game with a homer off Jorge Sosa on June 4 in Atlanta.
  • Barmes stretched his hit streak to 11 games with a bunt single in the first inning. His career best is 12 games, set last year.
  • Quentin is 4-for-9 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI in his first four major league games.
  • Gonzalez hit his 527th career double, moving ahead of Dave Parker and into 30th place on the all-time list.
 
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Clint Barmes gets a high-five from Choo Freeman. Barmes finishes with four hits and three runs.  (AP)
Clint Barmes gets a high-five from Choo Freeman. Barmes finishes with four hits and three runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

L. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4220020 .276
Clint Barmes, SS5342000 .232
Garrett Atkins, 3B5123013 .316
Matt Holliday, LF5121012 .324
Todd Helton, 1B4011101 .284
Brad Hawpe, RF5000025 .300
Luis Gonzalez, 2B4012001 .242
J.D. Closser, C3000012 .197
   a- Jamey Carroll, PH1110000 .316
    Yorvit Torrealba, C0000000 .232
Byung-Hyun Kim, P2000010 .143
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Smith, PH1000010 .269
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
   c- Jorge Piedra, PH0000100 .188
    Choo Freeman, PR0100000 .274
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Totals3991392914 
a-singled for Closser in the 9th
b-struck out for King in the 6th
c-walked for Martin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cory Sullivan (19, Cruz), Garrett Atkins 2 (33, Cruz, Julio), Matt Holliday (30, Lyon)
3B - Clint Barmes (3, Cruz)
SH - Cory Sullivan (16)
RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (49), Garrett Atkins 3 (65), Matt Holliday (60), Todd Helton (48), Luis Gonzalez 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (16), Garrett Atkins (15), Todd Helton (10), Luis Gonzalez 2 (4)
SB - Clint Barmes (5, 2nd base off Cruz/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
DP - Hawpe-Closser
E - Clint Barmes (11, Wild throw)
Colorado Rockies
Byung-Hyun Kim 3.2977411 5.31
Ray King 1.1000010 4.28
Manuel Corpas 2100130 3.00
Tom Martin (W,2-0) 1200000 4.54
Brian Fuentes (S,17) 1100010 4.23
IBB - Tracy by Byung-Hyun Kim
HBP - Tracy (by Byung-Hyun Kim)
Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 86-43, Ray King 13-8, Manuel Corpas 30-16, Tom Martin 9-7, Brian Fuentes 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 4-5, Ray King 1-2, Manuel Corpas 1-2
Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 24, Ray King 4, Manuel Corpas 8, Tom Martin 4, Brian Fuentes 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jeff DaVanon, CF5121011 .293
Conor Jackson, 1B5111001 .263
Luis Gonzalez, LF5131000 .280
Chad Tracy, 3B2100211 .278
Shawn Green, RF5012003 .302
Orlando Hudson, 2B3120200 .270
Stephen Drew, SS4010023 .303
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000011 .236
Chris Snyder, C4120101 .277
Juan Cruz, P1000002 .000
   b- Carlos Quentin, PH1112000 .444
    Tony Pena, P1000000 .000
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
   c- Andy Green, PH1000012 .206
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
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a-struck out for Drew in the 9th
b-doubled for Cruz in the 4th
c-struck out for Vizcaino in the 7th
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2B - Conor Jackson (16, Kim), Luis Gonzalez (32, Kim), Shawn Green (21, Kim), Chris Snyder (5, Kim), Carlos Quentin (2, Kim)
3B - Luis Gonzalez (2, Martin)
HR - Jeff DaVanon (5, Kim)
RBI - Jeff DaVanon (31), Conor Jackson (50), Luis Gonzalez (46), Shawn Green 2 (44), Carlos Quentin 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson (20), Luis Gonzalez (15), Shawn Green 2 (17)
SB - Orlando Hudson (7, 2nd base off Corpas/Closser)
CS - Jeff DaVanon (4, 2nd base by Martin/Closser)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
Juan Cruz 4855160 4.95
Tony Pena 2000010 2.45
Luis Vizcaino (H,19) 1000010 3.79
Brandon Lyon (H,20) 1100010 4.40
Jorge Julio (BS,2; L,1-4) 0.1344100 3.91
Brandon Medders 0.2100000 3.45
Pitches-Strikes - Juan Cruz 85-61, Tony Pena 17-14, Luis Vizcaino 9-7, Brandon Lyon 11-7, Jorge Julio 18-12, Brandon Medders 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Juan Cruz 3-3, Tony Pena 3-2, Brandon Lyon 2-0, Jorge Julio 1-0, Brandon Medders 1-1
Batters Faced - Juan Cruz 21, Tony Pena 6, Luis Vizcaino 3, Brandon Lyon 4, Jorge Julio 5, Brandon Medders 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29310
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Tim Timmons