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Rockies stun D-Backs with seven runs in eighth

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DENVER -- The bullpen has played a key role in Arizona's rise to the top of the NL West this season.

This time, it didn't work out so well for the Diamondbacks' relievers.

Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run, Seth Smith tripled twice and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat streaking Arizona 8-3 on Tuesday night.

It was a rare blown save for the Diamondbacks, who came into the game with a 65-3 record when leading after seven innings and were four outs away from another victory when the Rockies erupted for seven runs against three relievers.

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"It was a normal game, just the ending was different," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Something we haven't experienced yet. It's disappointing we lost the game but we'll regroup, come back tomorrow and be fine."

Arizona led 3-1 and appeared headed to its fourth consecutive victory when the Rockies rallied two outs in the eighth. With Dexter Fowler on first, Mark Ellis singled to left and Carlos Gonzalez knocked in a run with a single to center off David Hernandez (3-3).

Tulowitzki followed with his 30th home run to make it 5-3.

Hernandez has been reliable all year long but admitted he wasn't sharp Tuesday.

"I've had three of those nights where I've given up multiple runs," Hernandez said. "I hung a slider to Tulo and he did what he's supposed to do to it."

Hernandez gave up a single to Ty Wigginton before Joe Patterson came on, and Smith greeted him with an RBI triple that made it 6-3. After Wilin Rosario walked, Jordan Pacheco followed with a run-scoring single.

Sam Demel relieved Patterson and hit Kevin Kouzmanoff with a pitch to load the bases, then walked Fowler to make it 8-3.

"You never expect that," starter Josh Collmenter said. "Anytime you turn the ball over to our bullpen you expect good results. I'll give it to them every time and they'll pick me up."

After he was lifted from the game, Hernandez was ejected by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing balls and strikes as he left the field.

"I threw a few off-speed pitches I wanted," he said. "That's really not me, I don't show emotion but when you lose a ballgame it adds a little to it."

The late rally spoiled a good outing for Collmenter, who gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings before leaving with runners on first and second. Brad Ziegler got out of the jam when Eric Young Jr. was tagged out at home trying to score on a pitch that went to the backstop and Rosario struck out.

"Josh threw a great game, Ziegler did a great job, it just didn't go good after that," Gibson said.

Jordan Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez had two hits apiece for Colorado, which beat Arizona for only the fifth time in 17 games.

Aaron Hill and Justin Upton had two hits each for the division-leading Diamondbacks, who had won 12 of 13.

Matt Belisle (10-4) got the victory in relief.

Arizona snapped a 1-1 tie in the seventh. Paul Goldschmidt led off with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Gerardo Parra's single to left.

The Diamondbacks made it 3-1 when Hill scored from third on a throwing error by third baseman Pacheco in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first. Hill and Upton hit consecutive one-out singles to put runners at the corners and Miguel Montero followed with a run-scoring grounder.

The Rockies tied it in the fifth when Smith led off with a triple to center and scored on Pacheco's grounder to third.

Colorado starter Jason Hammel went seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, and six hits.

Notes

  • Rockies 1B Todd Helton didn't play for the third straight day due to back stiffness.
  • Rockies OF Ryan Spilborghs (right foot) will likely not play the rest of the season.
  • The Rockies promoted Pacheco and right-hander Jim Miller from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and brought up catcher Rosario from Double-A Tulsa. They placed INF Jonathan Herrera (right index finger) on the 60-day DL.
  • Arizona LHP Joe Saunders will face RHP Kevin Millwood in the series finale Wednesday night.
 
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Troy Tulowitzki's three-run blast with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning puts Colorado ahead to stay.  (US Presswire)
Troy Tulowitzki's three-run blast with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning puts Colorado ahead to stay. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Colorado

S. Smith
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Arizona

A. Hill
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Roberts, 3B4000010 .256
Aaron Hill, 2B4220000 .244
Justin Upton, RF4020021 .297
Miguel Montero, C4011011 .277
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4110002 .248
Chris Young, CF4000011 .227
Gerardo Parra, LF4011010 .294
John McDonald, SS3010101 .241
Josh Collmenter, P3000012 .147
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
Totals3438217  
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (22, Street), Justin Upton (38, Hammel), Paul Goldschmidt (6, Hammel), John McDonald (9, Hammel)
RBI - Miguel Montero (74), Gerardo Parra (36)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Miguel Montero (7)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Collmenter 6.1511040 3.10
Brad Ziegler (H,9) 0.2000010 2.28
David Hernandez (BS,3; L,3-3) 0.2555001 3.47
Joe Paterson0222100 3.09
Sam Demel 0.1000100 4.21
HBP - Kouzmanoff (by Sam Demel)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 78-54, Brad Ziegler 8-5, David Hernandez 20-13, Joe Paterson 10-3, Sam Demel 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 8-7, David Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 24, Brad Ziegler 1, David Hernandez 7, Joe Paterson 3, Sam Demel 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4101102 .272
Mark Ellis, 2B5110004 .241
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4121010 .299
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4113011 .304
Jason Giambi, 1B3010010 .270
    Eric Young Jr., PR0000000 .221
    Ty Wigginton, 1B1110000 .249
Seth Smith, LF4231000 .292
Wilin Rosario, C3100112 .000
Jordan Pacheco, 3B4022000 .500
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Jason Hammel, P1000010 .167
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
   a- Kevin Kouzmanoff, PH-3B1010000 .227
Totals34812825  
a-singled for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (26, Collmenter)
3B - Seth Smith 2 (9, Collmenter, Paterson)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (30, Hernandez)
SH - Jason Hammel (12)
RBI - Dexter Fowler (39), Carlos Gonzalez (88), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (103), Seth Smith (57), Jordan Pacheco 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler (18), Carlos Gonzalez (33), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (38), Seth Smith (22), Jordan Pacheco (1)
SB - Eric Young Jr. (18, 3rd base off Ziegler/Montero), Seth Smith (9, 2nd base off Ziegler/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Seth Smith 1
PB - Wilin Rosario (1)
E - Jordan Pacheco (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 7621160 4.98
Huston Street 0.2110010 3.72
Matt Reynolds0100000 4.24
Matt Belisle (W,10-4) 0.1000000 3.68
Rafael Betancourt 1000000 3.14
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 95-63, Huston Street 10-7, Matt Reynolds 3-2, Matt Belisle 5-3, Rafael Betancourt 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 8-6
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 27, Huston Street 3, Matt Reynolds 1, Matt Belisle 1, Rafael Betancourt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25691
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Angel Hernandez