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D-Backs overcome blown lead, Johnson's HR downs Rockies in 10th

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DENVER -- Kelly Johnson converted an educated guess into the decisive blow in another wild game at Coors Field.

Johnson hit a home run off Colorado closer Franklin Morales to lead off the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks, after blowing a six-run lead and then falling behind by five, rallied past the Colorado Rockies 12-11 Wednesday.

"The guy throws really hard and you've got to expect a fastball at some point," Johnson said. "He threw two breaking balls, and I had a pretty good hunch a fastball was coming. I looked for it in the right spot and it was there."

And then it was gone.

Johnson's drive cleared the wall in right-center for his eighth home run of the season, capping a seesaw game that saw abbreviated outings by both starters, a dozen extra-base hits, the ejection of Arizona manager A.J. Hinch and Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren's pinch-hit single in the 10th.

"I was pretty happy sometimes, I was pretty upset sometimes, whatever emotion you can imagine surfaced throughout that game," Hinch said. "I'm very proud of this group and how they battled. To jump out ahead and answer yesterday's blowout and come back from a five runs down after they put it to us shows the resiliency that we're striving for."

A day after the Rockies romped 12-1, Arizona bounced back.

Bob Howry (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and, with Arizona closer Chad Qualls unavailable, Juan Gutierrez got three outs for his first save in two chances.

"These are the toughest ones to lose," said Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hit a two-run double in the Rockies' six-run third inning.

"We battled back, got ahead and let them go ahead. We could have given in when it was 6-0. We didn't. At the same time, it was a game we should have won and didn't," Tulowitzki said.

Chris Young's three-run homer highlighted a big first inning that put Arizona ahead 6-0. Young matched a career high with five RBI.

Down 11-6, the Diamondbacks came back. They scored twice in the eighth off reliever Rafael Betancourt to make it 11-11, getting an RBI groundout from Johnson and a run-scoring single by Tony Abreu.

"We took our bullpen to the limit today," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "We had to because of the resources that we had available and we only got three outs from our starter. We just came up short."

Arizona loaded the bases in the ninth against Morales but failed to score. Mark Reynolds tried to come home on John Hester's grounder, and was forced out at the plate. Hinch argued to no avail that third baseman Ian Stewart's throw pulled catcher Miguel Olivo's foot off the plate, and was tossed by umpire Marvin Hudson.

"I don't think he cared for my hand gesture," shrugged Hinch, who held his hands about a foot apart to show how far off the ground Olivo had gone reaching for the throw.

In the shortest outing of his career, Colorado starter Greg Smith was chased after the first inning.

But the Diamondbacks couldn't hold the lead. Carlos Gonzalez led off the second with his third home run of the season and the Rockies moved in front in the third. Arizona starter Kris Benson faced three batters in the inning, allowing successive singles to Eric Young and Dexter Fowler and walking Todd Helton before leaving because of pain in his right shoulder.

Hinch said Benson likely is headed for the disabled list.

"He's sore. It may be something that needs a couple weeks," Hinch said. "We're going to have to try to find some arms."

Tulowitzki greeted reliever Leo Rosales with his double and Gonzalez was awarded a sacrifice fly on a popup just beyond first as Helton scored when Adam LaRoche couldn't get the throw to the plate in time after dropping the ball transferring it from his glove to his hand.

Miguel Olivo hit an RBI single and Melvin Mora singled ahead of a two-out, two-run double by reliever Matt Belisle. It was the first hit for Belisle since 2008, when he was with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Rockies made it 11-6 in the fourth on Fowler's first home run of the season, a two-run single by Mora and Eric Young's bases-loaded walk off Esmerling Vasquez.

Belisle tired near the end of his three-inning relief stint -- his longest outing this season -- giving up consecutive doubles to Abreu and Justin Upton and walking Reynolds on four pitches starting the fifth before giving way to Matt Daley.

Young delivered a two-run single, pulling the Diamondbacks within two runs. Fowler helped the Rockies escape without further damage when he made a diving catch of pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra's sinking line drive to center.

Notes

  • The Rockies dropped the series to the Diamondbacks and finished their six-game homestand 3-3.
  • Johnson's home run was the first surrendered by the Rockies bullpen at Coors Field this season. Previously, Colorado relievers had combined to pitch 38 innings without giving up a home run.
  • Hinch drew his second ejection. He also was tossed for arguing an April 23 call against Philadelphia.
  • Gonzalez has nine RBI in his past three games.
  • Smith's shortest previous outing was 3 2/3 innings on July 18, 2008, at Yankee Stadium while with Oakland.
 
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Kelly Johnson provides the D-Backs' go-ahead run with a solo shot in the 10th. (AP)
Kelly Johnson provides the D-Backs' go-ahead run with a solo shot in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B5212111 .286
Tony Abreu, SS5231010 .333
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Dan Haren, PH1010000 .467
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Justin Upton, RF5222122 .222
Mark Reynolds, 3B2200302 .236
Adam LaRoche, 1B6112024 .270
Chris Young, CF4125111 .298
Cole Gillespie, LF2000000 .214
   b- Gerardo Parra, PH-LF2110001 .239
   c- Chris Snyder, PH0000100 .265
    Rusty Ryal, LF0000000 .308
John Hester, C4000115 .278
Kris Benson, P0000000 .200
    Leo Rosales, P1000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P1000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   d- Stephen Drew, PH-SS2110003 .284
Totals4012121288  
a-singled for Howry in the 10th
b-lined out for Gillespie in the 5th
c-walked for Parra in the 9th
d-doubled for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Tony Abreu (2, Belisle), Justin Upton 2 (3, Smith, Belisle), Adam LaRoche (6, Smith), Stephen Drew (5, Betancourt)
HR - Kelly Johnson (8, Morales), Chris Young (4, Smith)
SH - Kris Benson (1)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (15), Tony Abreu (4), Justin Upton 2 (9), Adam LaRoche 2 (12), Chris Young 5 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Abreu (2)
Team LOB - 8
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kris Benson 2444221 5.14
Leo Rosales 1.1677211 8.10
Esmerling Vasquez 2.2100140 4.05
Aaron Heilman 1000010 6.00
Bob Howry (W,1-0) 2100000 6.52
Juan Gutierrez (S,1) 1000000 5.40
HBP - Belisle (by Esmerling Vasquez)
WP - Kris Benson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 49-28, Leo Rosales 42-26, Esmerling Vasquez 47-25, Aaron Heilman 15-8, Bob Howry 31-21, Juan Gutierrez 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 1-3, Leo Rosales 1-2, Esmerling Vasquez 3-1, Aaron Heilman 1-1, Bob Howry 3-3, Juan Gutierrez 1-2
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 12, Leo Rosales 12, Esmerling Vasquez 11, Aaron Heilman 3, Bob Howry 7, Juan Gutierrez 3
Colorado Rockies
Eric Young Jr., LF4111111 .500
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Seth Smith, LF1000000 .229
Dexter Fowler, CF6231013 .253
Todd Helton, 1B5110111 .271
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5112022 .318
Carlos Gonzalez, RF3222100 .355
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
Miguel Olivo, C4211101 .314
Ian Stewart, 3B4100124 .293
Melvin Mora, 2B5122001 .281
Greg Smith, P0000000 .286
    Matt Belisle, P2012001 .500
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-LF^RF2000010 .211
Totals4111121158  
a-struck out for Beimel in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (4, Rosales), Troy Tulowitzki (9, Rosales), Matt Belisle (1, Rosales)
HR - Dexter Fowler (1, Rosales), Carlos Gonzalez (3, Benson)
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Eric Young Jr. (3), Dexter Fowler (3), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (13), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (16), Miguel Olivo (13), Melvin Mora 2 (5), Matt Belisle 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Young Jr. (1), Melvin Mora 2 (3), Matt Belisle 2 (2)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (2, 3rd base off Benson/Hester), Dexter Fowler (3, 2nd base off Benson/Hester), Carlos Gonzalez (3, 2nd base off Rosales/Hester)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Mora-Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Matt Daley (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Greg Smith 1466301 7.33
Matt Belisle 3232240 3.77
Matt Daley 2.1100120 0.82
Joe Beimel (H,2) 0.2000000 1.35
Rafael Betancourt (BS,1) 1322010 5.40
Franklin Morales (L,0-2) 2211211 3.72
HBP - Reynolds (by Franklin Morales)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Smith 31-14, Matt Belisle 64-42, Matt Daley 40-24, Joe Beimel 5-4, Rafael Betancourt 15-12, Franklin Morales 40-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Smith 3-0, Matt Belisle 2-2, Matt Daley 3-2, Joe Beimel 1-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-1, Franklin Morales 1-4
Batters Faced - Greg Smith 10, Matt Belisle 12, Matt Daley 9, Joe Beimel 2, Rafael Betancourt 6, Franklin Morales 11
Game Information
Attendance - 23773
Game Time - 4:08
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Joyce