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Behind three HRs, Rockies finally take a series from D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Franklin Morales was terrific in Colorado's 9-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His reward: a trip back to the minors.

The strong, 23-year-old right-hander threw six sharp innings Wednesday as the Rockies won a series against Arizona for the first time in two years.

But as had been determined before the game, Morales was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for right-hander Jason Hammel, acquired Sunday in a trade with Tampa Bay.

"I don't think about all that," Morales said. "I try to do my job. It's not my decision, you know. I've got to go down and keep pitching."

Morales allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked one. After the game, he said his performance came 18 years to the day since his father was killed in a car accident.

Colorado manager Clint Hurdle praised the youngster's effort.

"Very efficient, never really got out of sync with anything, stayed around the plate," Hurdle said. "One walk, six punchouts, so it was just what we needed today, just what the team needed and just what Franklin needed."

Dexter Fowler, Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Stewart hit home runs for the Rockies. Stewart also singled in a run. Ryan Spilborghs had a two-run double in Colorado's three-run third inning.

After homering five times in their 9-8 season-opening victory on Monday, the Diamondbacks followed with two runs in two games against the Rockies, who were 3-15 against Arizona last season.

"The last two games we were able to make some adjustments," Hurdle said. "We gave up two runs in 18 innings against a club that had their way with us last season."

Stephen Drew had a solo home run for the Diamondbacks in the first.

"It's frustrating to lose two out of three at home," Drew said, "but we're going to look forward to Friday, Saturday, Sunday, take tomorrow off to think about some things and get back after it."

Fowler hit his first major league home run on the first pitch of the game from Doug Davis, sending it into the seats in left-center. He said he was looking for a fastball and got one.

"I was just trying to drive the ball up the middle -- awesome," Fowler said.

Torrealba and pinch-hitter Stewart hit back-to-back drives off Billy Buckner in the seventh to put Colorado ahead 6-1.

Davis (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked four.

The Rockies took the lead in the third. Spilborghs drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double and Troy Tulowitzki scored on Garrett Atkins' sacrifice fly to put Colorado up 4-1.

Morales and Jason Grilli combined to retire 12 in a row from the fourth through the seventh inning.

Back-to-back errors by third baseman Mark Reynolds and second baseman Felipe Lopez led to two runs for the Rockies in the ninth.

"Just an ugly game," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We probably didn't make Morales work as hard as we should have, and then as the game went along it got worse for us."

There were, however, a few slick defensive plays. Arizona shortstop Drew threw from his knees and first baseman Conor Jackson made a nice stretch to rob Torrealba and end Colorado's third inning.

Center fielder Fowler, who was busy all day chasing and catching flyballs, made a nice running catch of Drew's sharp line drive in the fifth.

The crowd of 18,277 was only 97 more than the Diamondbacks' smallest at home in their history.

Notes

  • Arizona RHP Max Scherzer will start Thursday for Class A Visalia at Lake Elsinore. Scherzer is on the DL because of a sore shoulder earlier in the spring. He is expected to make his first Diamondbacks start against St. Louis next Tuesday.
  • All six of Colorado's home runs in the series were solo shots.
  • RHP Jason Marquis will get the start in Colorado's home opener Friday night against Philadelphia. RHP Jon Garland will make his Arizona debut Friday night at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart enjoy the Rockies' first series victory against Arizona in two years.  (AP)
Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart enjoy the Rockies' first series victory against Arizona in two years. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

F. Morales
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
Colorado

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF4211112 .250
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2210300 .300
Ryan Spilborghs, LF5122001 .308
Garrett Atkins, 1B4001012 .000
Brad Hawpe, RF3000111 .273
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
Jeff Baker, 3B3000002 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH0100100 .125
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Omar Quintanilla, PH-3B1000000 .000
Clint Barmes, 2B4000011 .222
Yorvit Torrealba, C4221000 .500
Franklin Morales, P2010011 .500
   c- Ian Stewart, PH-3B^RF2122000 .667
Totals3499765  
a-walked for Grilli in the 8th
b-flied out for Corpas in the 9th
c-homered for Morales in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Spilborghs (3, Davis)
HR - Dexter Fowler (1, Davis), Yorvit Torrealba (1, Buckner), Ian Stewart (1, Buckner)
SF - Garrett Atkins (1)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (1), Ryan Spilborghs 2 (2), Garrett Atkins (1), Yorvit Torrealba (1), Ian Stewart 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Stewart (2)
PK - Franklin Morales (1, Davis)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Tulowitzki-Atkins
Colorado Rockies
Franklin Morales (W,1-0) 6411161 1.50
Jason Grilli 1000000 3.00
Manny Corpas 1100010 0.00
Ryan Speier 1011000 3.86
HBP - Young (by Ryan Speier)
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 91-57, Jason Grilli 12-8, Manny Corpas 9-7, Ryan Speier 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Grilli 2-1, Manny Corpas 1-0, Ryan Speier 3-0
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 23, Jason Grilli 3, Manny Corpas 3, Ryan Speier 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B4010011 .250
Stephen Drew, SS4111011 .300
Chris Young, CF3100011 .083
Conor Jackson, 1B4010022 .273
Mark Reynolds, 3B4011011 .250
Eric Byrnes, LF3000101 .000
Chris Snyder, C3000002 .167
Justin Upton, RF3000012 .000
Doug Davis, P1000001 .000
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .500
    Billy Buckner, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   b- Chad Tracy, PH1010000 .444
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .000
Totals3125217  
a-flied out for Davis in the 5th
b-singled for Rauch in the 8th
Batting
HR - Stephen Drew (1, Morales)
RBI - Stephen Drew (1), Mark Reynolds (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Drew-Jackson, Reynolds-F. Lopez-Jackson, Drew-F. Lopez-Jackson
E - Felipe Lopez (1, Throwing), Mark Reynolds (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis (L,0-1) 5444441 7.20
Billy Buckner 2322102 5.40
Jon Rauch 1111110 16.20
Tony Pena 1120000 0.00
HBP - Hawpe (by Billy Buckner)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 82-49, Billy Buckner 32-18, Jon Rauch 24-14, Tony Pena 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-5, Billy Buckner 3-2, Jon Rauch 2-1, Tony Pena 3-1
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 21, Billy Buckner 10, Jon Rauch 6, Tony Pena 5
Game Information
Attendance - 18227
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Brian O'Nora