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Clark drives in five, D-Backs bust out bats in beating Rockies

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PHOENIX -- In a curious change of pace, it was Arizona's offense that helped the Diamondbacks keep pace with the San Diego Padres in the NL West.

Tony Clark homered and tied a career high with five RBI, and the Diamondbacks scored seven times in the second inning of a 13-7 victory over Colorado on Saturday night.

Eric Byrnes added three RBI, Chris Young had a pair of doubles and Mark Reynolds had three of Arizona's 14 hits, as the Diamondbacks remained a percentage point behind the Padres in the division. Colorado fell six games back of San Diego.

After Sunday's series finale, the Diamondbacks open a three-game series against the Padres on Monday afternoon.

Arizona tied a season-high for runs, set in a 13-3 win May 25 at home against Houston. The Diamondbacks had scored more than five runs just once since Aug. 19.

Garrett Atkins and Troy Tulowitzki each drove in a pair of runs for the Rockies, who had won five of seven coming into the night.

"We got obviously a nice cushion there," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We kept adding on. It was nice. After it got to 8-5, there's no question adding on was necessary."

The Diamondbacks, who entered the game with a league-low .246 batting average, led 1-0 when Chris Snyder drew a leadoff walk in the second. Reynolds singled and Jeff Salazar followed with an RBI double, before Dana Eveland laid down a sacrifice bunt to make it 2-0.

Young's double scored Salazar and Byrnes followed with a two-run single to left, chasing Elmer Dessens from the game.

Clark followed with a three-run shot off Ramon Ortiz, who eventually got Stephen Drew to fly out and Snyder swinging to end the inning.

"More than anything, you try to keep getting consistent swings," said Clark, a veteran part-time player with 172 at-bats this season. "It was good to get on the board early. You simply try to keep it going, which isn't easy because they make adjustments."

Dessens (2-2) gave up seven runs, six hits and a pair of walks in 1 1/3 innings. He lost for the first time in four starts since joining the Colorado rotation on Aug. 16, but hasn't lasted past the sixth inning in any of them.

"The effort was there," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "There just wasn't any location, so it's not like the guy didn't go out there and try. He just didn't make pitches."

Colorado answered with five runs in the third, sending nine runners to the plate. Tulowitzki drove in two runs and Willy Taveras, Matt Holliday and Atkins each had an RBI to make it 8-5.

The Diamondbacks scored four more in their half of the inning, getting a two-out RBI double from Young and run-scoring singles from Byrnes and Clark.

"They hit the strikes and didn't swing at the balls and squared everything up that was over the plate," Hurdle said, "and we couldn't pitch any corners."

Edgar Gonzalez (7-2) picked up the victory in relief of ineffective starter Eveland. Gonzalez gave up a pair of hits over 3 1/3 innings to win his sixth straight decision.

Eveland, called up from Triple-A Tucson on Saturday, was making just his third appearance this year and first since April. He allowed five runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings in his first start since June 2, 2006, with Milwaukee against the Washington Nationals.

Notes

  • Drew hit his 10th homer in the eighth inning.
  • Arizona set a season-high with eight extra base hits.
  • Taveras finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in his return from the disabled list. He had been out since Aug. 15 because of a strained right groin.
  • With two RBIs Saturday, Tulowitzki leads all rookies in the Majors with 74.
  • RHP Josh Fogg is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday for the Rockies. Fogg is 5-1 lifetime against Arizona.
 
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Chris Young (center) plays a big role as well in the D-Backs keeping pace with the Padres.  (AP)
Chris Young (center) plays a big role as well in the D-Backs keeping pace with the Padres. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

T. Clark
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Colorado

G. Atkins
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4121000 .313
    Cory Sullivan, CF1000012 .329
Kaz Matsui, 2B4100022 .296
    Clint Barmes, 2B1000012 .219
Matt Holliday, LF4021011 .336
Todd Helton, 1B3221201 .306
Garrett Atkins, 3B5122003 .281
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3012001 .291
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000011 .227
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Koshansky, PH1000001 .000
Ryan Spilborghs, RF2000002 .296
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   c- Jamey Carroll, PH-SS1000100 .218
Chris Iannetta, C4120001 .206
Elmer Dessens, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ortiz, P0100100 .250
    Brad Hawpe, RF2000111 .286
Totals36711757  
a-struck out for Affeldt in the 7th
b-grounded out for Herges in the 9th
c-grounded out for Julio in the 6th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (31, Nippert), Troy Tulowitzki (23, Eveland)
SF - Matt Holliday (3)
RBI - Willy Taveras (23), Matt Holliday (106), Todd Helton (70), Garrett Atkins 2 (95), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (74)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (35), Garrett Atkins 2 (33), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (22)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
Elmer Dessens (L,2-2) 1.1677200 7.39
Ramon Ortiz 1.1344111 5.65
Jorge Julio 2.1311140 5.12
Jeremy Affeldt 1100010 3.22
Matt Herges 2111021 2.87
WP - Jorge Julio (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Elmer Dessens 46-25, Ramon Ortiz 31-16, Jorge Julio 39-24, Jeremy Affeldt 21-14, Matt Herges 34-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Elmer Dessens 3-1, Ramon Ortiz 1-2, Jorge Julio 3-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Matt Herges 2-2
Batters Faced - Elmer Dessens 12, Ramon Ortiz 8, Jorge Julio 11, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Matt Herges 7
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5222010 .236
Orlando Hudson, 2B3310220 .290
Eric Byrnes, LF4233100 .294
Tony Clark, 1B5125002 .233
Stephen Drew, SS5111012 .231
Chris Snyder, C4100130 .249
Mark Reynolds, 3B4130000 .279
Jeff Salazar, RF4222012 .300
Dana Eveland, P0000000 .000
    Edgar Gonzalez, P1000001 .176
    Dustin Nippert, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Cirillo, PH1000000 .247
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals3613141348  
a-grounded out for Nippert in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Young 2 (25, Dessens, Ortiz), Orlando Hudson (27, Dessens), Eric Byrnes (26, Dessens), Mark Reynolds (16, Julio), Jeff Salazar (5, Dessens)
HR - Tony Clark (12, Ortiz), Stephen Drew (10, Herges)
SH - Dana Eveland (1), Edgar Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Chris Young 2 (54), Eric Byrnes 3 (75), Tony Clark 5 (39), Stephen Drew (46), Jeff Salazar 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (17), Eric Byrnes (24), Tony Clark 2 (16), Stephen Drew (17)
SB - Chris Young (23, 3rd base off Ortiz/Iannetta), Eric Byrnes (39, 2nd base off Julio/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Drew-Hudson-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dana Eveland 2.2555220 18.00
Edgar Gonzalez (W,7-2) 3.1200120 5.00
Dustin Nippert 1322010 5.92
Juan Cruz 1000220 3.27
Brandon Lyon 1100000 2.86
WP - Dana Eveland (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 59-33, Edgar Gonzalez 49-31, Dustin Nippert 27-18, Juan Cruz 28-15, Brandon Lyon 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 4-2, Edgar Gonzalez 3-4, Dustin Nippert 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-2
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 15, Edgar Gonzalez 12, Dustin Nippert 6, Juan Cruz 5, Brandon Lyon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29119
Game Time - 3:34
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague