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Arizona at Colorado

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Arizona (77-75) «02001004310161
Colorado (58-94)0000310037160

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7

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DENVER -- Convinced that Aaron Hill would come through, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson kept him near the top of the batting order.

Good decision.

Hill hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks beat Colorado 10-7 on Sunday, the Rockies' season-high ninth straight loss.

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Arizona remained 4 ½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Wil Nieves had four hits and Hill had three for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and six of seven.

Hill came into Sunday hitting .323 with 12 RBI in his last 15 games.

"Aaron's just been so steady," Gibson said. "It's good to have him in the two-hole. I did have a lineup today where I was going to put him down fifth, but he's been so clutch for us that you want him to get that extra at-bat."

It paid off in the late innings.

Trailing by one, the Diamondbacks rallied against reliever Matt Belisle (3-8) in the eighth. Pinch hitter Mike Jacobs tied it with a single and after Adam Eaton struck out, Hill hit his 24th homer of the season to make it 7-4.

Hill fouled off two pitches before hitting an 86 mph slider into the left-field seats.

"He threw some good pitches I was just able to fortunately foul them off until I got a pitch to hit," he said. "It ended up working out."

Arizona tacked on three more in the ninth on Jake Elmore's two-run single and A.J. Pollock's RBI groundout.

"Jake getting those two guys in was big," Jacobs said.

Colorado scored three runs off Takashi Saito in the bottom of the ninth. J.J. Putz got the last out for his 32nd save.

Mike Albers (3-1) got the win with an inning of scoreless relief.

"It's another great effort. Unfortunately in the eighth inning we did not get the people out that we needed to get out," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Wilin Rosario had three hits for the fourth game in a row and DJ LeMahieu also had three hits for the Rockies.

Colorado (58-94) is one loss shy of the club's single-season record and needs to win five of its last 10 games to avoid the franchise's first 100-loss season.

"I think it matters," starter Jeff Francis said. "We don't like losing one game. But 100 is that number that really stinks."

The Rockies took a 4-3 lead against Ian Kennedy in the sixth on Charlie Blackmon's RBI single.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the second on RBI singles by Cody Ransom and Nieves. Ryan Wheeler scored the second run while pinch running for Chris Johnson, who left the game with a bruise on his left hand after getting hit with a pitch from Francis.

"It swelled up pretty good," Gibson said. "He had an X-ray and it was clean."

The Diamondbacks made it 3-0 when Wheeler drew a bases-loaded walk against Adam Ottavino in the fifth.

Kennedy didn't allow a hit until Francis singled to lead off the third. He held the Rockies in check until the fifth when they rallied to tie it.

Kennedy got the first out of the inning before allowing five straight hits. Blackmon and Jordan Pacheco had RBI singles and Rosario made it 3-all with an RBI double.

Chris Nelson and Tyler Colvin struck out with runners on second and third to end the inning.

Kennedy allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out six in six innings.

"Giving up four runs in this ballpark is like giving up three or two anywhere else," Kennedy said. "You do your job by keeping your team in the game."

Francis allowed two runs on five hits in four innings. He and hasn't won since beating the Dodgers on Aug. 27.

Notes

Hill's double in the seventh was his 40th of the season and gives the Diamondbacks two player with 40 or more doubles in a season for the third time in franchise history. Paul Goldschmidt has 42. ... Nieves tied his career high for hits in a game. ... Arizona's Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the fifth. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (tight left hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Hill
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

D. LeMahieu
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF6000025 .246
Aaron Hill, 2B5233000 .301
Justin Upton, RF5010011 .279
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4120101 .287
Jason Kubel, LF4210115 .255
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B0000000 .284
    Ryan Wheeler, PR-3B1101100 .226
   a- John McDonald, PH-3B1110000 .259
Cody Ransom, SS3021013 .219
   b- Miguel Montero, PH1000011 .293
    Jacob Elmore, SS1112000 .214
Wil Nieves, C5141001 .338
Ian Kennedy, P2000012 .082
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Jacobs, PH1111000 .250
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   d- A.J. Pollock, PH-LF1001000 .233
Totals4010161037  
a-singled for Wheeler in the 8th
b-struck out for Ransom in the 8th
c-singled for Albers in the 8th
d-grounded out for Lindstrom in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (40, Scahill), Cody Ransom (13, Francis), Wil Nieves (3, Harris)
HR - Aaron Hill (24, Belisle)
SH - John McDonald (1), Ian Kennedy (10)
RBI - Aaron Hill 3 (78), Ryan Wheeler (10), Cody Ransom (40), Jacob Elmore 2 (6), Wil Nieves (8), Mike Jacobs (1), A.J. Pollock (6)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill 3 (27), Ryan Wheeler (3)
CS - Wil Nieves (1, 2nd base by Scahill/Rosario)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
E - Justin Upton (5, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy 6944260 4.14
Matt Albers (W,3-1) 1100000 2.37
Matt Lindstrom (H,4) 1200000 2.84
Takashi Saito 0.2433010 6.97
J.J. Putz (S,32) 0.1000000 2.98
HBP - Rutledge (by Ian Kennedy)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 117-77, Matt Albers 11-7, Matt Lindstrom 21-14, Takashi Saito 19-14, J.J. Putz 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-7, Matt Albers 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 2-1, Takashi Saito 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 29, Matt Albers 4, Matt Lindstrom 5, Takashi Saito 6, J.J. Putz 1
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Rutledge, SS3120101 .294
Charlie Blackmon, LF4122013 .263
Jordan Pacheco, 1B5121002 .307
Wilin Rosario, C4031111 .274
Chris Nelson, 3B5110016 .294
Tyler Colvin, CF5112024 .283
Andrew Brown, RF5000022 .222
DJ LeMahieu, 2B5131000 .278
Jeff Francis, P1010000 .069
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .111
   a- Matt McBride, PH1110000 .226
    Rob Scahill, P1000001 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   b- Carlos Gonzalez, PH1000001 .303
    Carlos Torres, PR0000000 .250
    William Harris, P0000000 .000
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
   c- Jonathan Herrera, PH1000001 .250
Totals41716727  
a-singled for Ottavino in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Belisle in the 8th
c-grounded out for M. Reynolds in the 9th
Batting
2B - Wilin Rosario (18, Kennedy), Chris Nelson (20, Saito), Tyler Colvin (23, Saito), DJ LeMahieu (11, Kennedy)
SH - Charlie Blackmon (1)
RBI - Charlie Blackmon 2 (7), Jordan Pacheco (48), Wilin Rosario (69), Tyler Colvin 2 (67), DJ LeMahieu (17)
2-OUT RBI - Charlie Blackmon (3), DJ LeMahieu (8)
Team LOB - 11
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 4522000 5.54
Adam Ottavino 1211230 4.74
Rob Scahill 1.2200010 0.00
Rex Brothers (H,16) 0.1111000 4.14
Matt Belisle (BS,7; L,3-8) 1333031 3.55
William Harris 0.2333100 7.02
Matt Reynolds 0.1000000 4.40
HBP - Johnson (by Jeff Francis)
WP - Adam Ottavino (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 75-45, Adam Ottavino 34-21, Rob Scahill 21-16, Rex Brothers 8-6, Matt Belisle 27-20, William Harris 24-13, Matt Reynolds 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-5, Rob Scahill 2-1, William Harris 2-0, Matt Reynolds 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 18, Adam Ottavino 7, Rob Scahill 6, Rex Brothers 2, Matt Belisle 6, William Harris 6, Matt Reynolds 1
Game Information
Attendance - 32448
Game Time - 3:59
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Chris Guccione