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Clark, Lopez each crush 2 HRs; D-Backs win wild one

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PHOENIX -- Strong pitching is supposed to make the Arizona Diamondbacks a contender. Big bats made them a winner on opening day.

Tony Clark and Arizona newcomer Felipe Lopez each homered from both sides of the plate, and the Diamondbacks outslugged the Colorado Rockies 9-8 on Monday.

Eight home runs were hit in the game, including the decisive shot by Chad Tracy leading off the seventh inning against reliever Jason Grilli (0-1).

"It was a heavyweight fight out there. It was blow after blow," Tracy said. "Every time we scored, they scored, and we finally had the last say."

Lopez and Clark became the first switch-hitting teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in a game since Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams did it for the New York Yankees on April 23, 2000. It had never been done on opening day.

"Pretty amazing," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "Pretty phenomenal."

Lopez, signed as a free agent in the offseason, is the first Arizona player to homer twice in his first game with the team. He is the first to do it in the majors since Richie Sexson for Seattle on April 4, 2005.

Troy Tulowitzki, Chris Iannetta and Seth Smith hit solo homers for the Rockies.

Arizona ace Brandon Webb was rocked for six runs and six hits in four innings. Rockies starter Aaron Cook fared even worse, allowing six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Neither had command of their featured pitch, the sinker.

"I was up in the zone," Cook said. "The sinker was flat and you saw what happened, just not a normal day for me and Webby, either."

Webb said he was dropping his arm too low, and was bothered by stiffness in his shoulder early in the fourth inning, when he gave up consecutive homers on three pitches to Tulowitzki and Iannetta. He said he felt fine after the game, though.

Tony Pena (1-0) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win and closer Chad Qualls got three outs for a save.

"If they hit five home runs, you're in a bad place. You're struggling," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of his pitchers' woes. "I'm real proud of the way our offense battled back."

Tracy, who says he's finally healthy after a long recovery from major knee surgery, was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for Arizona.

"I came straight off the training table to playing last year," Tracy said. "This year I got to get in there and get some strength in my legs. So we'll see how things play out. This is one out of 162 so we've got a long way."

Colorado's Brad Hawpe was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Hawpe lived up to his reputation as one of the toughest hitters against Webb, going 2-for-2 with a three-run double against the Arizona ace. That improved his career average against the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner to .367 with 16 RBI in 49 at-bats. Nine of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases.

"I look for a strike. I look for something to hit," Hawpe said. "He's obviously one of the best pitchers in baseball. I try not to think too much and just look for something to hit."

Colorado scored four times in the third to go up 4-2, but Arizona came back with four in the third off Cook to take a 4-2 lead. Tracy singled in a run, Eric Byrnes drove in another with a sacrifice fly, then Clark hit a two-run shot to right to put the Diamondbacks ahead 6-4.

Webb, a 22-game winner last season, couldn't hold the lead. Tulowitzki and Iannetta hit consecutive solo homers on three pitches to tie it at 6.

Lopez led off the game with a homer.

"I guess I set the tone," he said, "for both teams."

He added another, off reliever Glendon Rusch, to put Arizona back on top 7-6 in the fourth. Colorado tied it in the eighth on Hawpe's double and an RBI single by Ian Stewart.

Clark's 442-foot home run to straightaway center off Rusch in the fifth regained the lead for the Diamondbacks, 8-7. Colorado tied it again with Smith's homer leading off the seventh.

"They kept throwing punches," Clark said. "We were fortunate to punch back."

Notes

  • Clark had three homers last season.
  • Colorado was 3-15 against Arizona last season.
  • Webb is 1-0 with three no-decisions in opening day starts.
  • The Diamondbacks play 18 of their first 21 games at home.
  • Colorado's roster includes 17 players 29 or younger, eight of them no older than 25.
  • The crowd was announced as 48,799 and a sellout but there were many empty seats.
 
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Felipe Lopez hits one homer from the left side then crushes another right-handed.  (Getty Images)
Felipe Lopez hits one homer from the left side then crushes another right-handed. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Arizona

T. Clark
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4110010 .250
Seth Smith, LF5112001 .200
Todd Helton, 1B4110101 .250
Garrett Atkins, 3B3100102 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF4133001 .750
Ian Stewart, 2B3011011 .333
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000011 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4111011 .250
Chris Iannetta, C3111100 .333
Aaron Cook, P11100001.000
    Glendon Rusch, P1000010 .000
    Clint Barmes, 2B2000011 .000
Totals35810836  
a-struck out for Embree in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Spilborghs (1, Webb), Brad Hawpe 2 (2, Webb, Slaten)
HR - Seth Smith (1, Schoeneweis), Troy Tulowitzki (1, Webb), Chris Iannetta (1, Webb)
RBI - Seth Smith 2 (2), Brad Hawpe 3 (3), Ian Stewart (1), Troy Tulowitzki (1), Chris Iannetta (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Hawpe 3 (3), Ian Stewart (1)
SB - Seth Smith (1, 2nd base off Webb/Snyder)
CS - Brad Hawpe (1, 2nd base by Webb/Snyder), Chris Iannetta (1, 2nd base by Buckner/Snyder)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Atkins-Barmes
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook 2.1766122 23.14
Glendon Rusch 2222122 9.00
Ryan Speier 1.1100110 0.00
Alan Embree 0.1000000 0.00
Jason Grilli (L,0-1) 2211021 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 55-37, Glendon Rusch 42-25, Ryan Speier 23-13, Alan Embree 2-1, Jason Grilli 24-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 2-3, Glendon Rusch 2-2, Ryan Speier 1-1, Alan Embree 1-0, Jason Grilli 1-3
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 15, Glendon Rusch 9, Ryan Speier 5, Alan Embree 1, Jason Grilli 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B4222102 .500
Chris Young, CF5110011 .200
Stephen Drew, SS3100101 .000
Chad Tracy, 3B4232000 .750
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Eric Byrnes, RF3001021 .000
Tony Clark, 1B4223020 .500
Conor Jackson, LF4110000 .250
Chris Snyder, C3011110 .333
Brandon Webb, P2000012 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Billy Buckner, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH10100001.000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH-3B10100001.000
Totals34912937  
a-singled for Buckner in the 6th
b-doubled for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (1, Cook), Chris Snyder (1, Cook), Augie Ojeda (1, Grilli)
HR - Felipe Lopez 2 (2, Cook, Rusch), Chad Tracy (1, Grilli), Tony Clark 2 (2, Cook, Rusch)
SF - Eric Byrnes (1)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (2), Chad Tracy 2 (2), Eric Byrnes (1), Tony Clark 3 (3), Chris Snyder (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Snyder-Drew
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb 4666222 13.50
Doug Slaten 0.2211000 13.50
Billy Buckner 1.1000120 0.00
Scott Schoeneweis (BS,1) 0.2211001 13.50
Tony Pena (W,1-0) 1.1000020 0.00
Chad Qualls (S,1) 1000000 0.00
HBP - Spilborghs (by Brandon Webb)
WP - Billy Buckner 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 77-42, Doug Slaten 10-9, Billy Buckner 21-13, Scott Schoeneweis 7-5, Tony Pena 16-11, Chad Qualls 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 7-2, Doug Slaten 2-0, Tony Pena 2-0, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 20, Doug Slaten 4, Billy Buckner 4, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Tony Pena 4, Chad Qualls 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48799
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Wolf