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Johnson's RBI double in 10th caps late D-Backs rally

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PHOENIX -- One strike away from their fifth straight loss, the Arizona Diamonbacks rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies.

Kelly Johnson doubled in Justin Upton from first base with one out in the 10th inning and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 4-3 on Friday.

Trailing 3-1 in the ninth inning, the Diamondbacks scored twice to force extra innings. Johnson singled and Chris Young walked. Colorado closer Huston Street struck out the next two batters and then had Miguel Montero at a 1-2 count before he doubled to tie the game.

"After the way we lost the series against Cincinnati it was nice to have a win like that," Johnson said. The Diamondbacks were swept by the Reds earlier in the week. "We had to fight back because we didn't get too many hits and no chances to get many runs."

Montero had been struggling with just four hits in his last 22 at-bats before his double.

"Miggy's been pressing on himself lately, and I've been talking to him about that," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's just that you've got to relax and play and the thing about the game is you can't take the previous at-bat. ... we've been talking about how you've got to get rid of it."

Street blew his fourth save of the season and spoiled a good performance from starter Esmil Rogers, who scattered six hits over a career high 6 1/3 innings.

"I need to be able to finish guys. I had every single hitter in the inning two strikes, except for the guy I intentionally walked. Two of them 0-2 and they ended up getting on base," Street said. "It's just frustrating. There's just no two ways about it."

Aaron Heilman (4-4) earned the win with a scoreless 10th inning, and Joe Beimel (1-2) took the loss.

With one out in the 10th, Upton singled and then Johnson followed with a double into the gap in left-center. The speedy Upton easily beat the throw to the plate.

Upton had three hits. Dexter Fowler had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run and Troy Tulowitzki had two RBI.

The Rockies scored the game's first three runs, the second after Eric Young beat out an infield hit and took third base when Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy's pickoff attempt bounced down the line for an error. Fowler doubled in Young and scored on Tulowitzki's double as the Rockies plated two runs in the fourth inning.

Colorado failed to put the game away, leaving 12 guys on base.

"We had an opportunity to open the game up, but we were unable to do that, and we needed one strike to win the game, and we weren't able to do that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

The Diamondbacks cut the deficit to 3-1 when Adam LaRoche's RBI singele scored Upton.

Notes

  • Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is still sore and unable to play in the field after running into the wall for a ball at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Tracy said Gonzalez is still day-to-day.
  • The Rockies designated left-handed reliever Randy Flores for assignment Friday and recalled infielder Jonathan Herrera from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Flores, a nine-year major-league veteran, is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in 47 appearances out of the bullpen, while Herrera is on the 25-man roster for the second time this season.
  • Pitcher Matt Daley, on the 60-day DL with a right shoulder injury, threw a bullpen session in Denver Friday, and pitcher Jeff Francis threw long toss. Francis, who went on the 15-day DL with left shoulder soreness last week, could throw off the mound Saturday.
 
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Justin Upton (left) comes across to score the game-winning run in the 10th after a double by Kelly Johnson. (AP)
Justin Upton (left) comes across to score the game-winning run in the 10th after a double by Kelly Johnson. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF5130002 .281
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
Dexter Fowler, CF5221003 .245
Seth Smith, RF5010012 .264
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2012100 .319
Ian Stewart, 3B5000014 .266
Todd Helton, 1B5020003 .247
Chris Iannetta, C5020002 .207
Clint Barmes, 2B4010015 .241
Esmil Rogers, P2000011 .250
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-LF2000012 .268
Totals40312315  
a-grounded out for M. Reynolds in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (17, Kennedy), Seth Smith (14, Kennedy), Troy Tulowitzki (23, Kennedy), Todd Helton (13, Kennedy)
SF - Troy Tulowitzki (5)
SH - Esmil Rogers (3)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (20), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (53)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (17)
CS - Clint Barmes (2, 2nd base by Heilman/Hester)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Esmil Rogers 6.1611160 4.53
Matt Reynolds (H,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Matt Belisle (H,15) 1100000 2.18
Huston Street (BS,4) 1222220 4.61
Joe Beimel (L,1-2) 0.1211000 2.68
IBB - Parra by Huston Street
Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 99-58, Matt Reynolds 7-5, Matt Belisle 18-11, Huston Street 33-19, Joe Beimel 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 8-3, Matt Reynolds 1-1, Matt Belisle 2-0, Huston Street 1-0
Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 24, Matt Reynolds 2, Matt Belisle 3, Huston Street 7, Joe Beimel 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS5020011 .264
Justin Upton, RF5230002 .268
Kelly Johnson, 2B4121112 .281
Chris Young, CF3100101 .273
Adam LaRoche, 1B4011022 .272
Mark Reynolds, 3B4010022 .214
Miguel Montero, C4012012 .295
    John Hester, PR-C0000000 .219
Gerardo Parra, LF3010100 .244
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Ian Kennedy, P1000011 .167
   a- Ryan Church, PH1000000 .181
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH1000000 .191
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   c- Rusty Ryal, PH-LF1000002 .280
Totals36411438  
a-grounded out for Kennedy in the 5th
b-grounded out for Demel in the 8th
c-grounded out for Vasquez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (31, Beimel), Miguel Montero (12, Street)
RBI - Kelly Johnson (56), Adam LaRoche (78), Miguel Montero 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (32), Miguel Montero 2 (13)
CS - Justin Upton (8, 2nd base by Rogers/Iannetta), Chris Young (5, 2nd base by Rogers/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hester-Johnson
E - Ian Kennedy (1, Throwing), Miguel Montero (1, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 51033140 4.41
Blaine Boyer 2000000 4.34
Sam Demel 1200000 4.61
Esmerling Vasquez 1000000 4.40
Aaron Heilman (W,4-4) 1000010 3.83
HBP - Tulowitzki (by Esmerling Vasquez), Barmes (by Aaron Heilman)
WP - Ian Kennedy 2 (15), Sam Demel (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 93-62, Blaine Boyer 15-11, Sam Demel 14-9, Esmerling Vasquez 11-6, Aaron Heilman 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-8, Blaine Boyer 4-2, Sam Demel 2-1, Esmerling Vasquez 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 27, Blaine Boyer 6, Sam Demel 5, Esmerling Vasquez 4, Aaron Heilman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26294
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tim Timmons