Colorado at Arizona

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Colorado (64-98) «0002000002100
Arizona (81-81)001000000171

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 1

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PHOENIX -- An awful season ended well for the Colorado Rockies and embattled left-hander Jeff Francis.

Francis earned his first victory in more than a month and the Rockies used two unearned runs to beat Ian Kennedy and the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Wednesday night to conclude disappointing seasons for both teams.

Francis (6-7) allowed a run on five hits in five innings in his first victory since July 27.

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"We are all competitors here, whether the game means nothing or means everything," he said. "We come here to win and that is our job."

Francis had gone 0-3 in six outings since his last victory.

"I feel like I still have that capability of being a really good pitcher for this team," he said. "I carry that confidence in every start regardless how the previous one goes. Today was a good one to finish the season on a good note."

Third baseman Chris Johnson's throwing error in the fourth led to both of Colorado's runs. D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run for the Rockies.

A.J. Pollock hit his second big-league home run for Arizona.

Kennedy (15-12) gave up no earned runs, striking out eight and walking none. He was 4-0 in his previous six starts.

Matt Belisle got the final out in the ninth for his third save in 10 tries.

Colorado manager Jim Tracy called it "a tremendous way to end the season" because of how much help the team got from its young players.

The Rockies took two of three to win a series at Chase Field for the first time since Sept. 20, 2009.

Despite the win, Colorado finished with a franchise-worst 98 losses in an injury-plagued season. Arizona, the defending NL West champion, finished 81-81, a fitting conclusion since the Diamondbacks were never more than four games above or five games below .500 all season.

"It stinks just as much as the last time we were at .500," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Unlike a year ago, the Diamondbacks never could put together a big winning streak.

"We ran up to .500 a couple of times, went across the line a couple of times, just never ran away from that line," Arizona's Justin Upton said. "We teetered around there all season and that's where we ended up. It's tough when you can never get that run going."

Pollock's second home run of the season, leading off the third, barely cleared the wall over the outstretched glove of Charlie Blackmon to put Arizona up 1-0.

The Rockies took the lead with two unearned runs in the fifth. Blackmon was hit by a 1-2 pitch from Kennedy then Jordan Pacheco singled. Wilin Rosario hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Chris Johnson, who fielded the ball but threw wildly past second, allowing Blackmon to score and Pacheco to take third. Kennedy fanned the next two batters before D.J. LeMahieu brought in Pacheco with a single to put Colorado up 2-1.

In the eighth, Colorado's Aaron Brown contended he was hit in the wrist by a pitch from reliever David Hernandez. Home plate umpire Mark Ripperger insisted the pitch hit the bat. Tracy came out and argued for several minutes before finally retreating to the dugout. Brown struck out swinging, slammed his bat to the ground and was tossed from the game by Ripperger. It was the first time Brown had been thrown out of a major league game.

Jonathan Herrera and Pacheco each singled three times for Colorado. Upton had three for the Diamondbacks to lift his average to .280 after a very slow start to the season.

Gerardo Parra was hit by a pitch from Rex Brothers leading off the Arizona ninth. He was sacrificed to second by John McDonald's bunt and took third when pinch hitter Chris Young grounded out. Pollock walked to bring up Aaron Hill, whose three-run homer with two outs in the ninth gave Arizona a 5-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Belisle relieved Brothers and got Hill to line out to left to end the game.

Notes

The Arizona chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America presented its Diamondbacks season awards: MVP to Aaron Hill, outstanding pitcher and rookie Wade Miley and "good guy" award to Chris Young. ... Francis' 17 victories in 2007 rank as second-most in franchise history behind Ubaldo Jimenez's 19 in 2010. ... Kennedy has won 36 games over the past two seasons. ... Colorado used seven pitchers in the finale.

 
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Arizona

A. Pollock
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

J. Pacheco
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Rutledge, 2B5000013 .274
Charlie Blackmon, LF4110022 .283
Jordan Pacheco, 1B4130000 .309
Wilin Rosario, C4010012 .270
Tyler Colvin, CF-RF4000034 .290
Andrew Brown, RF4000034 .232
    Dexter Fowler, CF0000000 .300
DJ LeMahieu, 3B4021000 .297
Jonathan Herrera, SS4030012 .262
Jeff Francis, P1000000 .065
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .083
    Josh Outman, P0000000 .083
   a- Tyler Chatwood, PH1000010 .250
    Edgmer Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Adam Ottavino, P0000000 .111
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
Totals352101012  
a-struck out for Outman in the 7th
Batting
SH - Jeff Francis (6), Rex Brothers (1)
RBI - DJ LeMahieu (22)
2-OUT RBI - DJ LeMahieu (9)
CS - Jonathan Herrera (1, 2nd base by Kennedy/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Rutledge-Pacheco
PB - Wilin Rosario (21)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (W,6-7) 5511131 5.58
Josh Roenicke (H,8) 0.1000000 3.25
Josh Outman (H,3) 0.2000100 8.19
Edgmer Escalona (H,2) 1100100 6.04
Adam Ottavino (H,7) 0.1100010 4.56
Rex Brothers (H,18) 1.1000110 3.86
Matt Belisle (S,3) 0.1000000 3.71
IBB - Goldschmidt by Jeff Francis
HBP - Parra (by Rex Brothers)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 85-53, Josh Roenicke 2-1, Josh Outman 12-5, Edgmer Escalona 16-7, Adam Ottavino 8-6, Rex Brothers 21-12, Matt Belisle 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-5, Edgmer Escalona 1-1, Rex Brothers 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 21, Josh Roenicke 1, Josh Outman 3, Edgmer Escalona 4, Adam Ottavino 2, Rex Brothers 6, Matt Belisle 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
A.J. Pollock, CF3111200 .247
Aaron Hill, 2B5000013 .302
Justin Upton, RF4030000 .280
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3000112 .286
Miguel Montero, C4000013 .286
Chris Johnson, 3B3010101 .281
Gerardo Parra, LF3010012 .273
John McDonald, SS3010002 .249
Ian Kennedy, P2000011 .078
   a- Mike Jacobs, PH1000001 .211
    David Hernandez, P00000001.000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Young, PH1000001 .231
Totals3217145  
a-lined out for Kennedy in the 7th
b-grounded out for Putz in the 9th
Batting
HR - A.J. Pollock (2, Francis)
SH - John McDonald (2)
RBI - A.J. Pollock (8)
SB - Justin Upton (18, 2nd base off Francis/Rosario), Chris Johnson (5, 2nd base off Francis/Rosario), Gerardo Parra (15, 2nd base off Francis/Rosario)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Chris Johnson (19, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (L,15-12) 7620080 4.02
David Hernandez 1200020 2.50
J.J. Putz 1200020 2.82
HBP - Blackmon (by Ian Kennedy)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 108-74, David Hernandez 20-14, J.J. Putz 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-9, David Hernandez 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 28, David Hernandez 5, J.J. Putz 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24344
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals