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Colorado (5-7) «20102022413150
Arizona (9-3)0100020115120

Rockies 13, Diamondbacks 5

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PHOENIX -- The Colorado Rockies figured it was only a matter of time until their high-powered offense started producing.

That time came on Sunday, when Clint Barmes, Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins homered and the Rockies routed Arizona 13-5, snapping the Diamondbacks' eight-game winning streak.

"We've got a good team and I think we're going to put it together here very soon," said Barmes, who came off the bench to drive in four runs. "I think today was a big start. It was definitely one that we needed."

Holliday and Atkins knocked in three runs apiece for the Rockies, who beat their NL West rivals for the first time in six meetings this year.

Colorado beat the Diamondbacks 10 of the last 12 meetings a year ago, including four straight in the NL championship series. But the Rockies had dropped the first five meetings this season by a combined 38-10, and they entered Sunday five games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks.

Still, manager Clint Hurdle rejected the notion that his team played with a sense of desperation on a bright, 89-degree day in the desert.

"There is no must-wins in April," Hurdle said. "We've been around the block a couple times. Now, we have a good team. There's a lot of people that still don't think we have a good team. I can tell by the questions I get asked. But by no means did we feel there was desperation. We've just got to play like we're capable of playing.

"We've proven ourselves to a certain extent," Hurdle said. "We didn't get out of the blocks the way we'd like. That does not mean we're not going to come back. We'll be heard from again."

The Diamondbacks had drubbed Colorado 8-2 and 10-3 in the first two games of the series. But they suspected that the Rockies would eventually break out of their slump.

"Colorado's a good team," said center fielder Jeff Salazar, who had a triple and tied a career high with three RBI. "You're not going to shut them down for too long."

The Rockies piled up plenty of support for starting pitcher Aaron Cook. Cook (1-1) went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Cook said he was able to use offspeed pitches to complement his trademark sinker. He threw 96 pitches -- 57 for strikes -- before giving way to the bullpen.

"I threw more pitches than I have liked after six innings," Cook said. "But it worked out and I'll take the win any time."

Cook went to the mound for the first time with a 2-0 lead.

After Willy Taveras led off the game with a single to center, Barmes hit a 1-2 delivery from Edgar Gonzalez (0-1) 380 feet to left field for his first home run.

Barmes added a two-run single in the seventh off Juan Cruz, who had walked the bases loaded. Barmes, who had three hits and is 6-for-11 this season, was given a start in place of Troy Tulowitzki.

"Good day for Barmes," Hurdle said. "It's one of the best things in baseball when you see one of your guys come off the bench and respond like that."

Arizona manager Bob Melvin lifted Gonzalez after only three innings. Gonzalez, the Diamondbacks' fifth starter, gave up three runs on five hits. He walked two, hit two and struck out one.

Melvin said Gonzalez was "a little bit sick." A team spokesman said it was an infected tooth.

"He got a little dizzy out there," Melvin said. "That's why he had to come out of the game. So he was fighting that early on. He didn't have his best stuff. The ball was up in the zone. That probably had something to do with it."

Gonzalez left without speaking to reporters.

Yorvit Torrealba's two-run double in the fifth off Jailen Peguero put the Rockies ahead 5-1.

Salazar hit a two-run triple in the sixth to pull the Diamondbacks to 5-3. But the Rockies responded with two runs in the seventh and eighth and four more in the ninth.

Atkins' two-run shot off Doug Slaten made it 9-3 in the eighth. Holliday added a three-run shot to left off Tony Pena in the ninth for his third homer.

"It was nice to throw some punches back offensively," Hurdle said.

Notes

The Diamondbacks hit four batters, which tied a club record. ... Arizona LHP Randy Johnson, who is returning from back surgery, will make his regular-season debut on Monday night at San Francisco. Manager Bob Melvin said he won't have the Big Unit on a pitch count. Johnson went 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA for Arizona last season. ... Colorado's Matt Herges, Taveras and Torrealba will all wear No. 42 on Tuesday at San Diego to honor Jackie Robinson.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Barmes
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

C. Snyder
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF5220103 .263
Clint Barmes, SS6234012 .545
Todd Helton, 1B4200200 .289
Matt Holliday, LF5233012 .340
Garrett Atkins, 3B6233012 .298
Brad Hawpe, RF3100101 .206
Yorvit Torrealba, C4022002 .242
Jayson Nix, 2B3110101 .179
Aaron Cook, P1000003 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH0100100 .200
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Micah Bowie, P0000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .263
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals3813151263  
a-walked for Cook in the 7th
b-singled for Herges in the 9th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (3, Slaten), Garrett Atkins (3, E. Gonzalez), Yorvit Torrealba (2, Peguero), Jayson Nix (1, E. Gonzalez)
HR - Clint Barmes (1, E. Gonzalez), Matt Holliday (3, Pena), Garrett Atkins (1, Slaten)
SH - Aaron Cook 2 (2)
RBI - Clint Barmes 4 (5), Matt Holliday 3 (11), Garrett Atkins 3 (5), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes 2 (3), Matt Holliday 3 (5)
SB - Matt Holliday (1, 2nd base off Medders/Snyder)
CS - Yorvit Torrealba (1, 2nd base by Cruz/Snyder)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Helton-Barmes
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (W,1-1) 6833340 3.79
Taylor Buchholz 1100100 1.35
Micah Bowie 0.1211000 9.00
Matt Herges 0.2000000 3.86
Manny Corpas 1111200 6.00
WP - Aaron Cook (1), Taylor Buchholz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 96-57, Taylor Buchholz 24-12, Micah Bowie 13-7, Matt Herges 8-6, Manny Corpas 23-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 6-6, Taylor Buchholz 1-2, Micah Bowie 1-0, Matt Herges 1-1, Manny Corpas 2-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 27, Taylor Buchholz 5, Micah Bowie 3, Matt Herges 2, Manny Corpas 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, LF5010001 .300
Chris Burke, 1B5010011 .174
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000211 .261
Mark Reynolds, 3B4110122 .298
Justin Upton, RF4010102 .400
Stephen Drew, SS4231100 .317
Chris Snyder, C4231102 .194
Jeff Salazar, CF4023003 .400
Edgar Gonzalez, P1000001 .000
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Romero, PH1000000 .500
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Conor Jackson, PH1000001 .286
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Young, PH1000001 .224
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
Totals37512564  
a-grounded out for Peguero in the 5th
b-grounded out for Medders in the 6th
c-popped out for Slaten in the 8th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew 2 (4, Bowie, Corpas), Chris Snyder 2 (3, Cook, Bowie)
3B - Jeff Salazar (1, Cook)
RBI - Stephen Drew (4), Chris Snyder (3), Jeff Salazar 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (2), Jeff Salazar 3 (4)
PK - Justin Upton (1, Cook)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Salazar 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
Edgar Gonzalez (L,0-1) 3533211 4.50
Jailen Peguero 2322020 6.00
Brandon Medders 1000000 3.18
Juan Cruz 1222300 3.18
Doug Slaten 1222001 5.40
Tony Pena 1344101 6.75
HBP - Torrealba (by Edgar Gonzalez), Nix (by Edgar Gonzalez), Hawpe (by Jailen Peguero), Holliday (by Brandon Medders)
WP - Tony Pena (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edgar Gonzalez 54-31, Jailen Peguero 33-23, Brandon Medders 9-4, Juan Cruz 29-15, Doug Slaten 18-12, Tony Pena 23-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edgar Gonzalez 4-4, Jailen Peguero 3-1, Brandon Medders 2-1, Juan Cruz 1-0, Doug Slaten 2-1, Tony Pena 1-2
Batters Faced - Edgar Gonzalez 18, Jailen Peguero 10, Brandon Medders 4, Juan Cruz 6, Doug Slaten 5, Tony Pena 7
Game Information
Attendance - 31321
Game Time - 3:30
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Brian Gorman