Colorado at Arizona

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Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1

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PHOENIX -- After improving to 6-1 lifetime against Arizona on Sunday afternoon, Colorado left-hander Jeff Francis could not explain why he always pitches so well against the Diamondbacks.

"I've had some rough ones against them," he said. "Especially in this building (Chase Field) I think I've had some rough ones."

Sunday's start wasn't one of them. Francis gave up three hits in eight strong innings to help the Colorado Rockies beat the error-prone Diamondbacks 6-1.

Francis (12-11) struck out five and did not walk a batter as Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak. His six wins against Arizona are the most against any opponent in his two-plus major league seasons. He has a career 3.74 ERA against the Diamondbacks.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said he considered allowing Francis, who threw 97 pitches, to go after his second career complete game. But Hurdle decided to give closer Brian Fuentes an inning of work after three days off.

"(Francis) pitched outstanding," Hurdle said. "You weigh one against the other. I try to do what's best for the team."

The clubs returned to Chase Field for a game that began less than 14 hours after the end of Saturday night's game, a 16-inning, 7-6 Arizona victory. The Diamondbacks looked like they had overslept their wake-up call. They committed a season-worst four errors, three in a disastrous second inning.

After Colorado took a 1-0 second-inning lead on back-to-back doubles by Baker and Brad Hawpe, Arizona committed three errors in the space of two batters.

With one out and runners at first and second, Francis bunted to Diamondbacks pitcher Miguel Batista, who was charged with an error when he couldn't pick up the ball in time to make a throw to first.

The next batter, Kazuo Matsui, grounded to first base. Conor Jackson saw the ball bounce off his glove for a fielding error, and then he threw it past Batista, who was covering first. Two runs scored, with Matsui receiving credit for an RBI fielder's choice.

"I've got to make that play, there's no doubt about it," said Jackson, whose 11 errors are third-most on the team. "It just kind of popped out."

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said the inning deflated his team, which had won three straight.

"We kicked it around, and psychologically that can demoralize you a little bit, especially the way Francis is pitching," Melvin said.

That was all Batista (10-7) allowed in six innings. He gave up three runs, one earned, and three hits. Batista, who walked three and struck out three, has one victory in his last 11 starts.

The three runs were all the support Francis needed. Mixing breaking balls and fastballs, he kept Diamondbacks hitters off-balance all afternoon.

Francis gave up only a double to Eric Byrnes in the second, a triple to Orlando Hudson in the fifth and a single to Luis Gonzalez in the seventh. Hudson scored on Chris Snyder's bouncer to third base to cut Colorado's lead to 3-1.

It was a strong showing for Francis, who had allowed 10 hits in each of his last three starts.

"He won't ever tell you, but I think he's proud of himself after his performance today," Hurdle said.

Colorado went up 5-1 on Baker's two-run homer off reliever Greg Aquino in the eighth. It was the second career homer for Baker, who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs Sept. 8.

Arizona was charged with its fourth error when pitcher Enrique Gonzalez made a throwing error in the ninth inning.


  • Luis Gonzalez received standing ovations as he came to bat throughout the weekend. He finished the game 1-for-4.
  • Ten of Arizona's last 13 games are against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, who are battling for the NL West lead.
  • Arizona turned its 160th double play this year, a club record.
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Players of the Game

J. Baker
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Francis
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 5

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Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B4002012 .251
Cory Sullivan, CF2000112 .272
   a- Choo Freeman, PH-CF2000012 .246
Garrett Atkins, 3B3100113 .319
Todd Helton, 1B4000002 .297
Jeff Baker, LF4222000 .300
    Ryan Spilborghs, LF0000000 .271
Brad Hawpe, RF3111110 .285
Clint Barmes, SS3100100 .223
J.D. Closser, C3120102 .205
Jeff Francis, P1000001 .103
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH1000000 .293
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Sullivan in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Francis in the 9th
2B - Jeff Baker (2, Batista), Brad Hawpe (29, Batista), J.D. Closser (3, Batista)
HR - Jeff Baker (1, Aquino)
SF - Kaz Matsui (2)
SH - Jeff Francis 2 (7)
RBI - Kaz Matsui 2 (20), Jeff Baker 2 (7), Brad Hawpe (70)
CS - Brad Hawpe (5, 2nd base by Batista/Snyder), Jamey Carroll (12, 2nd base by En. Gonzalez/Snyder)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Atkins-Matsui-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (W,12-11) 8311050 3.88
Brian Fuentes 1000100 3.49
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 97-65, Brian Fuentes 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 8-10, Brian Fuentes 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 26, Brian Fuentes 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4000000 .259
Alberto Callaspo, SS3000110 .250
Luis Gonzalez, LF4010001 .277
Eric Byrnes, RF3010011 .270
Conor Jackson, 1B3000012 .279
Orlando Hudson, 2B3110001 .292
Chris Snyder, C3001011 .297
Andy Green, 3B3000000 .179
Miguel Batista, P1000010 .109
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .229
    Douglas Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
    Enrique Gonzalez, P0000000 .281
   b- Carlos Quentin, PH1000000 .258
a-fouled out for Batista in the 6th
b-grounded out for En. Gonzalez in the 9th
2B - Eric Byrnes (36, Francis)
3B - Orlando Hudson (9, Francis)
RBI - Chris Snyder (30)
Team LOB - 2
DP - Snyder-Hudson
E - Miguel Batista (4, ), Enrique Gonzalez (1, ), Conor Jackson 2 (11, )
Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Batista (L,10-7) 6331330 4.40
Douglas Slaten 1000100 0.00
Greg Aquino 1122111 4.57
Enrique Gonzalez 1110010 5.74
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 97-63, Douglas Slaten 13-8, Greg Aquino 19-10, Enrique Gonzalez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 8-8, Douglas Slaten 3-0, Enrique Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 25, Douglas Slaten 4, Greg Aquino 5, Enrique Gonzalez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28056
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Paul Emmel