Arenado's triple in 8th lifts Rockies over Diamondbacks, 4-3

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado came through with another big swing for the Colorado Rockies.

Arenado hit a two-run triple off Zack Greinke in the eighth inning, and the streaking Rockies rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night in the opening game of their NL West showdown.

Carlos Gonzalez homered and saved a run with a diving catch to help Colorado win its sixth straight. The NL West leaders extended their advantage to two games over third-place Arizona, which had won seven in a row. Second-place Los Angeles remained a half-game back of the Rockies after routing the New York Mets.

''I wish the Dodgers and Diamondbacks weren't playing that good. I wish we were leading the division by more games,'' Arenado said. ''But these are the cards we're played. We've got to enjoy it and compete.''

Arenado has risen to the challenge. He completed the cycle Sunday with a game-ending, three-run homer against San Francisco, and this time his triple off the scoreboard in right field turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 advantage.

For the second straight game, the Coors Field crowd was chanting ''MVP! MVP!'' Gonzalez said the same thing to Arenado during a pitching change in the eighth.

''I told him, `That's an MVP thing. You're carrying the team. You're hitting clutch hits,''' Gonzalez said. ''From my view, it's just incredible.''

David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Diamondbacks.

''Tough loss,'' Peralta said. ''It happens. It's part of the game. We just have to be ready for tomorrow. We still have two games and can still win this series.''

Arizona and Colorado, perhaps baseball's two biggest surprises this season, both entered on a roll. The Diamondbacks are a major league-best 23-9 since May 15, while the Rockies' 23-11 mark since then ranks third.

Those two teams, along with the Dodgers, have the top three records in the National League.

The series opener Tuesday was the biggest game between the clubs since the 2007 NL Championship Series that Colorado won in a sweep. The Diamondbacks took a 3-2 lead on the solo homers by Peralta and Goldschmidt, but the Rockies rallied in the eighth against Arizona's ace.

Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu singled off Greinke (8-4) with one out. Arenado followed with his second triple in as many games off the scoreboard in right.

''Our third baseman is doing Kobe Bryant things,'' Gonzalez said. ''He's just on a different level. It's fun to watch. He's carrying this team on his shoulders.''

Arenado laughed at the comparison to the Los Angeles Lakers great.

''I'm not at that level yet,'' he said. ''That's (our) favorite basketball player, so we always say we have to have a Kobe mentality. That's pretty cool and nice of him to say, but hopefully I'll get on that guy's level one day.''

Adam Ottavino (1-1) got the win despite allowing Goldschmidt's 17th homer. Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 26 chances.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead with a run in the second on a throwing error and a home run by Gonzalez in the fourth. It was his fifth career homer off Greinke.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock (groin strain) experienced quad tightness during a game for Triple-A Reno on Monday. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Pollock would take it easy and will be evaluated after going through ''normal pregame activity'' on Thursday.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) could be activated from the 10-day disabled list after a successful rehab start Sunday. Anderson, who last pitched for the Rockies on May 30, went five innings and allowed one run for Triple-A Albuquerque. ... RHP Jon Gray (stress fracture, left foot) will probably need at least one more rehab start. Gray went 4 1/3 innings for Albuquerque on Monday.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (5-3, 3.32 ERA) is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last two starts. He lost his only start against the Rockies this season.

Rockies: RHP Jeff Hoffman (4-0, 2.25 ERA) will make his second career start against the Diamondbacks. He allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings at Arizona on Sept. 14, 2016.

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DiamondbacksARI44-27
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RockiesCOL47-26
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  • W: A. Ottavino (1-1)L: Z. Greinke (8-4)S: G. Holland (25)
  • HR: ARI - P. Goldschmidt (17), D. Peralta (7), COL - C. Gonzalez (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Blanco CF40000122.268.366.392.7580.0
D. Peralta RF31111101.321.369.491.8607.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B32111001.324.443.6051.0488.0
J. Lamb 3B40200001.285.384.549.9331.0
C. Owings SS30110000.293.326.463.7892.0
B. Drury 2B40000012.295.340.491.831-0.5
D. Descalso LF30100002.218.331.387.7182.0
J. Mathis C30000022.159.196.280.477-1.0
a- C. Herrmann PH00000100.162.272.374.6461.0
Z. Greinke P20000000.100.129.100.2290.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Hazelbaker PH10000011.325.386.500.886-0.5
  • a-walked for Mathis in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Bradley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41100020.327.376.605.9811.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41100010.299.361.381.7421.5
N. Arenado 3B40220010.298.350.572.9225.5
M. Reynolds 1B40000002.297.379.541.9190.0
C. Gonzalez RF41211020.224.304.350.6546.0
I. Desmond LF41200012.289.319.417.7362.5
T. Story SS30200000.234.323.437.7592.0
T. Wolters C30000003.292.390.350.7400.0
G. Marquez P20000011.125.125.125.250-0.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Rusin P0000-000.400.400.400.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Tapia PH10000000.333.395.385.7800.0
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-flied out for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Peralta (7), P. Goldschmidt (17)
  • SF - C. Owings (4)
  • SH - Z. Greinke (2)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (20), P. Goldschmidt (58), C. Owings (40)
BATTING
  • 3B - N. Arenado (4)
  • HR - C. Gonzalez (6)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (57), C. Gonzalez (20)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Lamb (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - C. Owings, B. Drury, P. Goldschmidt
  • E - J. Lamb (7), J. Mathis (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (L, 8-4)7.19440713.141.056.5
A. Bradley0.21000101.100.86-0.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (L, 8-4)7.1
A. Bradley0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez6.04112303.921.3615.5
S. Oberg (H, 8)0.20000105.461.680.5
C. Rusin (BS, 1)0.11110112.821.02-1.5
A. Ottavino (W, 1-1)1.01110013.081.338.0
G. Holland (S, 25)1.00001101.631.019.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez6.0
S. Oberg (H, 8)0.2
C. Rusin (BS, 1)0.1
A. Ottavino (W, 1-1)1.0
G. Holland (S, 25)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Z. Greinke (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 99-71, A. Bradley 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-6, A. Bradley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 30, A. Bradley 3
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Holland (4)
  • HBP - G. Marquez (4), S. Oberg (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 97-58, S. Oberg 9-6, C. Rusin 10-5, A. Ottavino 11-8, G. Holland 14-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 4-10, S. Oberg 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-2, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 24, S. Oberg 3, C. Rusin 2, A. Ottavino 4, G. Holland 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RockiesCOL47-26
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Blanco CF40000122.268.366.392.7580.0
D. Peralta RF31111101.321.369.491.8607.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B32111001.324.443.6051.0488.0
J. Lamb 3B40200001.285.384.549.9331.0
C. Owings SS30110000.293.326.463.7892.0
B. Drury 2B40000012.295.340.491.831-0.5
D. Descalso LF30100002.218.331.387.7182.0
J. Mathis C30000022.159.196.280.477-1.0
a- C. Herrmann PH00000100.162.272.374.6461.0
Z. Greinke P20000000.100.129.100.2290.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Hazelbaker PH10000011.325.386.500.886-0.5
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  • a-walked for Mathis in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Bradley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41100020.327.376.605.9811.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41100010.299.361.381.7421.5
N. Arenado 3B40220010.298.350.572.9225.5
M. Reynolds 1B40000002.297.379.541.9190.0
C. Gonzalez RF41211020.224.304.350.6546.0
I. Desmond LF41200012.289.319.417.7362.5
T. Story SS30200000.234.323.437.7592.0
T. Wolters C30000003.292.390.350.7400.0
G. Marquez P20000011.125.125.125.250-0.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Rusin P0000-000.400.400.400.000-
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Tapia PH10000000.333.395.385.7800.0
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Total3341031088-----
  • a-flied out for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Peralta (7), P. Goldschmidt (17)
  • SF - C. Owings (4)
  • SH - Z. Greinke (2)
  • RBI - D. Peralta (20), P. Goldschmidt (58), C. Owings (40)
BATTING
  • 3B - N. Arenado (4)
  • HR - C. Gonzalez (6)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (57), C. Gonzalez (20)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Lamb (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - C. Owings, B. Drury, P. Goldschmidt
  • E - J. Lamb (7), J. Mathis (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke (L, 8-4)7.19440713.141.056.5
A. Bradley0.21000101.100.86-0.5
Total8.01044081---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke (L, 8-4)7.1
A. Bradley0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez6.04112303.921.3615.5
S. Oberg (H, 8)0.20000105.461.680.5
C. Rusin (BS, 1)0.11110112.821.02-1.5
A. Ottavino (W, 1-1)1.01110013.081.338.0
G. Holland (S, 25)1.00001101.631.019.5
Total9.0633362---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez6.0
S. Oberg (H, 8)0.2
C. Rusin (BS, 1)0.1
A. Ottavino (W, 1-1)1.0
G. Holland (S, 25)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - Z. Greinke (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 99-71, A. Bradley 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-6, A. Bradley 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 30, A. Bradley 3
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Holland (4)
  • HBP - G. Marquez (4), S. Oberg (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 97-58, S. Oberg 9-6, C. Rusin 10-5, A. Ottavino 11-8, G. Holland 14-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 4-10, S. Oberg 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-2, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 24, S. Oberg 3, C. Rusin 2, A. Ottavino 4, G. Holland 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Arenado tripled to deep right center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored34
    Goldschmidt homered to right32
    Peralta homered to right22
  • 6TH INNING
    Owings hit sacrifice fly to right, Goldschmidt scored12
  • 4TH INNING
    Gonzalez homered to center02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland pitching
    • D. Descalso: Descalso popped out to shortstop
    • Chris Herrmann hit for Jeff Mathis
    • C. Herrmann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrmann walked
    • Jeremy Hazelbaker hit for Archie Bradley
    • J. Hazelbaker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hazelbaker struck out swinging
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrmann to second on wild pitch, Blanco grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta homered to right
    • Adam Ottavino relieved Chris Rusin
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt homered to right
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lamb grounded out to second
    • C. Owings: Ball, Strike swinging, Owings flied out to deep center
    • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Adam Ottavino
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tapia flied out to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon singled to shallow left
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu singled to shallow left, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado tripled to deep right center, Blackmon and LeMahieu scored
    • Archie Bradley relieved Zack Greinke
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to third, Arenado out at home
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez singled to shallow left, Reynolds to second
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg relieved German Marquez
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Descalso hit by pitch
    • J. Mathis: Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul tip, Mathis struck out on foul tip
    • Z. Greinke: Greinke hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Descalso to second
    • Chris Rusin relieved Scott Oberg
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Story: Story flied out to deep right
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt hit by pitch
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lamb singled to right, Goldschmidt to third
    • C. Owings: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Lamb caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Owings hit sacrifice fly to right, Goldschmidt scored
    • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mathis struck out swinging
    • Z. Greinke: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Greinke fouled out to right
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blanco walked
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Peralta lined out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marquez struck out looking
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to shortstop
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lamb singled to shallow center
    • C. Owings: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Owings singled to left center, Lamb to third, Owings to second
    • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Drury popped out to second
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez homered to center
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • T. Story: Story singled to left center, Desmond to third
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Wolters grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Story out at second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • Z. Greinke: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Greinke lined out to third
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blanco grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu flied out to right
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Arenado popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Owings fouled out to catcher
    • B. Drury: Drury grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso singled to center
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Descalso out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Desmond reached on an infield single to shortstop, Desmond to second on 3rd baseman Lamb fielding error
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Desmond stole third, Story singled to shallow center
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters lined out to right
    • G. Marquez: Marquez grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peralta walked
    • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt fouled out to right, Peralta to second
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Lamb flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Arenado singled to shallow center
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)