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Arizona (62-91) «00214111x10141

Rockies fall 3 1/2 back in West despite CarGo's six RBI

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PHOENIX -- Sitting in front of his locker, Carlos Gonzalez grabbed his pants off the floor and heaved them into the bin of dirty clothes. He hesitated for a second, reached down and picked up a sock, flipping it on top of the pants, a disgusted look on his face.

The improbable comeback, the one Colorado has made a habit of the past few seasons, went about 10 inches wide Thursday night, leaving the Rockies on the edge of desperation.

Postseason Chase

Trying to salvage a victory in Arizona, the Rockies failed to come back all the way back from six-run deficit and were swept out of the desert with a 10-9 loss to the last-place Diamondbacks.

"If we're going to be a playoff team, we have to play better than this," Gonzalez said after driving in a career-high six runs.

Colorado had won 13 of 15 in another late-season run to get close in the NL West and was hoping to gain momentum in Arizona heading into a crucial series against San Francisco this weekend at Coors Field.

Instead, the Rockies lost the first two games of the series and were in a dire situation in the finale, trailing 8-2 after a shaky start by Jeff Francis (4-6).

But, as it has all season, Colorado made things interesting.

Gonzalez hit his first slam off Blaine Boyer to cut the lead to 8-6 in the seventh inning, before Stephen Drew hit a solo home run in the bottom half and Chris Young added another to put Arizona back up by four.

Diamondbacks reliever Aaron Heilman opened the door in the ninth by walking the first two batters and Gonzalez followed with a two-run single off Juan Gutierrez. Troy Tulowitzki, who was 2 for 12 in the series after a huge start to September, curled a potential home run just foul before knocking in a run with a groundout that made it 10-9.

Gutierrez followed by walking pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, giving Colorado runners on first and second with two outs for another hot hitter, Melvin Mora.

The stage set for another comeback, the Rockies missed taking the lead by about 10 inches -- the distance Mora's liner went foul just before Gutierrez struck him out.

So instead of a potential momentum-building victory, the Rockies head home on a debilitating four-game losing streak, 3½ games back of San Francisco in the NL West and Atlanta in the wild-card race.

"We obviously have our work completely cut out for us going forward, but there is no quit in this team," manager Jim Tracy said. "It was evidenced by the way we continued to try to come back tonight."

The Diamondbacks just had too much offense.

Drew hit a two-run triple off Emil Rogers in Arizona's four-run fifth and a solo home run against Joe Beimel in the seventh to finish with four RBI. Kelly Johnson hit his second two-run homer in as many games off Francis in the third. Young hit his 26th home run off Octavio Dotel in the eighth, while Cole Gillespie drove in a run and had three of the Diamondbacks' 14 hits.

The pitching wasn't exactly sharp. D.J. Carrasco (3-2) got the victory after an early exit by starter Ian Kennedy, and Gutierrez escaped a rough ninth inning for his 12th save.

Still, to hit like that and sweep a team still fighting for the playoffs sure felt good.

"Sometimes you are going to have two or three guys that are really hot and right now it is fun to watch when everyone is hitting on all cylinders," Drew said. "Right now it is a fun time."

Not for Colorado.

The Rockies lost the series opener 3-1 after a decent start by Jorge De La Rosa, but ace Ubaldo Jimenez couldn't come through Wednesday in a 8-4 loss.

Neither could Francis.

The left-hander threw plenty of pitches in the first two innings and one bad one in the third to Johnson, who hit it off the wall behind the concourse in center field for a two-run shot that put the Diamondbacks up 2-1.

Drew added a run-scoring single in the fourth and Francis was done a batter later after allowing three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Kennedy wasn't exactly efficient.

The right-hander struggled with control -- 63 pitches through the first three innings -- and repeatedly stepped off the mound, unable to agree with catcher John Hester on what to throw. Kennedy lasted only four innings, giving up a run on Ryan Spilborghs' RBI single in the third and three hits.

The Rockies had their chances after that, but the Diamondbacks played just well enough to hold them off.

"They [the Rockies] have handled pressure well over the last years," Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "I give the guys credit for putting themselves into a position and grinding through it to win that game. Would we have liked it to be easier? Of course we would."

Notes

  • Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth after missing two games with a sore right shin, the same one he broke earlier in the season.
  • Arizona went 7-2 against Colorado at Chase Field this season. The teams split the season series 9-9.
 
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Kelly Johnson slides home before Chris Iannetta's tag in the sixth, one of six consecutive innings in which Arizona scores.  (AP)
Kelly Johnson slides home before Chris Iannetta's tag in the sixth, one of six consecutive innings in which Arizona scores. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 6
Arizona

K. Johnson
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Herrera, 2B5110014 .290
Ryan Spilborghs, RF2212200 .285
Carlos Gonzalez, CF5126012 .342
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5011010 .320
Jason Giambi, 1B4000111 .247
    Dexter Fowler, PR0000000 .250
Melvin Mora, 3B5020023 .284
Seth Smith, LF2100201 .250
Chris Iannetta, C2200203 .207
Jeff Francis, P0000000 .091
    Franklin Morales, P0000000 .000
   a- Jay Payton, PH1110000 .438
    Esmil Rogers, P0000000 .188
    Manny Delcarmen, P0000000 .000
   b- Ian Stewart, PH0100100 .264
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
   c- Eric Young Jr., PH0000100 .258
Totals3198996  
a-singled for Morales in the 5th
b-walked for Delcarmen in the 7th
c-walked for Dotel in the 9th
Batting
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (33, Boyer)
SF - Ryan Spilborghs (1)
SH - Jeff Francis (3)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs 2 (37), Carlos Gonzalez 6 (113), Troy Tulowitzki (90)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (13), Carlos Gonzalez 4 (36)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (4, 2nd base off Kennedy/Hester), Carlos Gonzalez (25, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jonathan Herrera (4, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,4-6) 3.2633341 4.71
Franklin Morales 0.1000000 6.67
Esmil Rogers 1344210 5.77
Manny Delcarmen 1211130 5.19
Joe Beimel 1111001 3.43
Octavio Dotel 1211011 4.03
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 81-51, Franklin Morales 1-1, Esmil Rogers 35-19, Manny Delcarmen 31-19, Joe Beimel 20-12, Octavio Dotel 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 2-5, Joe Beimel 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 20, Franklin Morales 1, Esmil Rogers 8, Manny Delcarmen 6, Joe Beimel 4, Octavio Dotel 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS5134022 .280
Ryan Roberts, LF5110013 .207
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Montero, C0000000 .267
Kelly Johnson, 2B5232002 .276
Chris Young, CF3211210 .260
Adam LaRoche, 1B5021003 .263
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100221 .200
John Hester, C5000025 .212
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Cole Gillespie, RF-LF5231013 .239
Ian Kennedy, P0000100 .204
   a- Brandon Allen, PH0000100 .250
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Abreu, PH1110000 .248
    Carlos Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   c- Gerardo Parra, PH-RF1000000 .260
Totals381014969  
a-walked for Kennedy in the 4th
b-singled for Carrasco in the 5th
c-flied out for Boyer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (34, Delcarmen)
3B - Stephen Drew (11, Rogers)
HR - Stephen Drew (14, Beimel), Kelly Johnson (25, Francis), Chris Young (26, Dotel)
RBI - Stephen Drew 4 (59), Kelly Johnson 2 (69), Chris Young (88), Adam LaRoche (96), Cole Gillespie (8)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (22), Cole Gillespie (2)
SB - Kelly Johnson (12, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Johnson-Drew-LaRoche, Young-Johnson-LaRoche
E - Stephen Drew (10, Interference)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 4311230 3.76
D.J. Carrasco (W,3-2) 1210000 3.77
Carlos Rosa 1100010 5.19
Esmerling Vasquez 0.2033300 4.78
Blaine Boyer 0.1111001 4.47
Aaron Heilman (H,11) 1022210 4.70
Juan Gutierrez (S,12) 1111210 5.30
WP - Esmerling Vasquez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 84-51, D.J. Carrasco 14-8, Carlos Rosa 12-8, Esmerling Vasquez 30-12, Blaine Boyer 8-5, Aaron Heilman 20-9, Juan Gutierrez 33-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 6-3, D.J. Carrasco 1-1, Blaine Boyer 1-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1, Juan Gutierrez 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 17, D.J. Carrasco 4, Carlos Rosa 3, Esmerling Vasquez 5, Blaine Boyer 2, Aaron Heilman 5, Juan Gutierrez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30093
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth