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Struggling Rockies stumble against last-place Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- Leading the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks by three runs in the third inning, the Colorado Rockies looked as if they would solidify their hold on the NL wild card lead.

"And then nothing," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "That was the end of the road."

Gerardo Parra doubled in the go-ahead runs, and Brandon Allen and Ryan Roberts homered as the Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Rockies 7-5 Friday night, sending the NL wild-card leaders to their fifth loss in six games.

  Playoff Race

Colorado entered with a 3½ game lead over San Francisco in the wild card race.

Arizona has been out of contention for months, but the Diamondbacks didn't lay down after the Rockies jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Troy Tulowitzki's two-run shot in the third -- the third straight game he's homered.

Arizona chipped away, and with the score tied at 4 and two outs in the seventh, Parra hit a deep fly down the right field line. After a long run, Brad Hawpe gloved the ball but dropped it before running into the fence, allowing two runs to score.

After Arizona starter Kevin Mulvey gave up four runs in four innings, Arizona's bullpen shut down the Rockies, retiring 12 men in a row at one point.

Leo Rosales (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh.

Juan Gutierrez gave up a run in the ninth but stranded the potential tying run at first base to pick up his sixth save in seven chances.

"Any time you ask your bullpen to come out and get five innings of relief, that's asking a lot of guys to do pretty well," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "Everybody that threw tonight out of the pen was excellent."

Randy Flores (0-1) faced one batter, allowing Stephen Drew's leadoff single in the seventh, before Matt Daley relieved.

Both NL West rivals fired their managers early in the season, but the moves had sharply different results in the standings.

Arizona was 11-16 when it replaced Bob Melvin with Hinch on May 8, and the Diamondbacks quickly fell out of contention. Colorado was 18-28 when Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle 21 days later, and the Rockies soon turned their season around.

Early on, the Rockies looked refreshed after spending a day off in the desert. On Wednesday night, they snapped a four-game skid with a dramatic 4-3 victory at San Francisco, their closest pursuer in the wild card race.

In the opener of a three-game series with last-place Arizona, the Rockies took a quick 2-0 lead on a two-run, two-out single by Yorvit Torrealba in the first.

The Diamondbacks trimmed the deficit on Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.

With one on in the third, Tulowitzki lined a 3-1 pitch into the left field seats to put the Rockies ahead 4-1.

Pitching with the Chase Field roof open on a 99-degree night, Rockies starter Jason Marquis struggled with his command. Four of the first six men he faced reached base, but only one scored.

Marquis seemed to find his groove in the second, starting a string of five straight strikeouts.

But Marquis ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up a leadoff double to Montero and an RBI single to Ryan Roberts. Marquis was one strike away from escaping the inning with no further damage when Allen hit a two-run shot into the pool area in right-center field to tie it at 4.

Marquis said he left a slider in the middle of the plate.

"I felt good with where I was at," Marquis said. "One mistake pitch gets hit out of the ballpark, costs you the game. I'm disappointed about the loss."

Marquis went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked five and struck out seven.

Notes

  • In two starts for Arizona, Mulvey has allowed 10 runs and 15 hits in eight innings.
  • Montero threw out Colorado CF Carlos Gonzalez stealing second in the second inning, snapping a string of seven straight successful stolen base attempts for Gonzalez.
  • The Rockies fell to 38-38 on the road. Colorado has never had a winning road record.
 
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Ryan Roberts and Brandon Allen help the Diamondbacks top the wild-card leading Rockies.  (AP)
Ryan Roberts and Brandon Allen help the Diamondbacks top the wild-card leading Rockies. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

R. Roberts
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF4110122 .279
Seth Smith, LF4110001 .306
Todd Helton, 1B4000002 .316
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3212110 .286
Brad Hawpe, RF1100300 .287
Yorvit Torrealba, C4022021 .282
Ian Stewart, 3B4011023 .231
    Dexter Fowler, PR0000000 .269
Clint Barmes, 2B3000010 .240
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1000012 .197
Jason Marquis, P2000000 .180
   b- Eric Young Jr., PH1000000 .283
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c- Garrett Atkins, PH1000012 .222
Totals32565510  
a-struck out for Barmes in the 9th
b-popped out for Marquis in the 7th
c-struck out for Belisle in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (11, Mulvey)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (28, Mulvey)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (80), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (24), Ian Stewart (67)
2-OUT RBI - Yorvit Torrealba 2 (11)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (3, 2nd base by Mulvey/Montero)
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brad Hawpe 1
Colorado Rockies
Jason Marquis 6644571 3.84
Randy Flores (L,0-1)0111000 6.30
Matt Daley 1111120 3.86
Matt Belisle 1111021 6.57
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 104-56, Randy Flores 4-2, Matt Daley 23-12, Matt Belisle 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 5-5
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 28, Randy Flores 1, Matt Daley 4, Matt Belisle 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5110023 .206
Stephen Drew, SS4120010 .259
Justin Upton, RF3010021 .308
Miguel Montero, C3111012 .300
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100101 .270
Gerardo Parra, LF2012201 .294
Ryan Roberts, 2B2222200 .277
Brandon Allen, 1B4112033 .225
Kevin Mulvey, P1000011 .000
   a- Trent Oeltjen, PH1000010 .243
    Daniel Schlereth, P0000000 .000
   b- Chad Tracy, PH0000100 .227
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Byrnes, PH1000000 .215
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals29797611  
a-struck out for Mulvey in the 4th
b-walked for Schlereth in the 6th
c-fouled out for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (29, Marquis), Miguel Montero (30, Marquis), Gerardo Parra (18, Daley)
HR - Ryan Roberts (7, Belisle), Brandon Allen (4, Marquis)
SF - Miguel Montero (2)
SH - Justin Upton (1)
RBI - Miguel Montero (54), Gerardo Parra 2 (56), Ryan Roberts 2 (24), Brandon Allen 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (19), Ryan Roberts (10), Brandon Allen 2 (4)
CS - Gerardo Parra (6, 2nd base by Marquis/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kevin Mulvey 4444451 10.95
Daniel Schlereth 2000020 7.53
Leo Rosales (W,2-1) 1000010 4.85
Scott Schoeneweis (H,6) 1000000 7.15
Juan Gutierrez (S,6) 1211120 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Mulvey 82-48, Daniel Schlereth 16-13, Leo Rosales 11-9, Scott Schoeneweis 11-9, Juan Gutierrez 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Mulvey 3-3, Daniel Schlereth 1-3, Scott Schoeneweis 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Mulvey 19, Daniel Schlereth 6, Leo Rosales 3, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Juan Gutierrez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 34231
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 99
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Randy Marsh