Gonzalez homers twice, Rockies beat Diamondbacks again, 4-2

PHOENIX (AP) Carlos Gonzalez has finally found his swing, and that's very good news for the Colorado Rockies.

The veteran slugger homered twice and the Rockies won their sixth game in a row, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Tuesday night to tighten the race for the National League's top wild card.

''I was hoping I can help this team in the last run,'' Gonzalez said. ''That dream is coming true, so let's keep it going.''

Gonzalez drove in all four Colorado runs in his first multihomer game since Aug. 16 last year and is batting .451 (14 for 31) in September.

''All along we've thought our best team is Carlos Gonzalez being Carlos Gonzalez,'' manager Bud Black said. ''No doubt about it.''

On July 20, Gonzalez was hitting .218 with six homers. He's got that up to .254 with 12 home runs.

''This is a tough league, a tough sport,'' he said. ''Like I've said before, I know how it feels to be a great player and I know how it feels to be a bad player. This game will always keep you humble. Tomorrow's another day.''

He said he struggled ''because I'm a human being.''

''Even the great players, sometimes they don't look good out there,'' Gonzalez said. ''But the stronger ones stay always positive and always play for each other.''

Jon Gray (8-4) gave up two runs and scattered seven hits over seven solid innings, striking out 10 with no walks and a hit batter for the Rockies, who won their eighth straight road game to pull within three games of Arizona for the first NL wild card.

Gray, Black said, had ''a three-pitch mix of powerful right-handed stuff.''

''Jon's a big boy,'' Black said. ''He's from Oklahoma, and he turns it loose.''

Gray matched the season high for strikeouts he set in a win at Arizona on June 30. Chris Rusin got two outs for his second save.

J.D. Martinez homered for the 22nd time in 47 games with the Diamondbacks and just missed another with a double off the top of the right-field fence leading off the ninth. He was stranded at third when Ketel Marte grounded out to end the game.

Martinez's 38 home runs overall this season tied his career high.

Gonzalez's two homers - one off starter Taijuan Walker, the other off reliever David Hernandez - hit almost the same spot off the wall above the swimming pool in right field. Hernandez (2-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning and took the loss.

The Diamondbacks have lost two straight to Colorado halfway through a four-game series and have dropped four of their last five, all at home, after a 13-game winning streak.

''Our guys are very well aware of what is at stake,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said, ''and we just have to get after it.''

The Rockies' eight-game road winning streak matches their second-longest in club history.

The game was tied at 2 through six innings and lefty Andrew Chafin got Charlie Blackmon to fly out to start the seventh. Hernandez came on and DJ LeMahieu beat the extreme shift Arizona puts on against him with a rare single to left.

Gonzalez followed with his second two-run homer and Colorado led 4-2.

Arizona scored first when Martinez hit Gray's pitch off the edge of the batter's eye, an estimated 447 feet, leading off the second.

The Rockies countered in the third when Blackmon drew a leadoff walk from Walker, and Gonzalez sent Walker's 1-0 pitch to right.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the third but only scored one run on Jake Lamb's sacrifice fly to deep left. Paul Goldschmidt, who is 0 for 8 in the last two games, lined into a double play to end the inning.

''That is the one that stood out more than any other. We get the sac fly to score the one run. Then we have our two best run producers back-to-back and Paul hits the ball well enough, on a line to the shortstop,'' Lovullo said. ''I think we made a little mistake baserunning and it cost us and didn't allow J.D. to get to the plate.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Lovullo confirmed that RHP Randall Delgado has a flexor strain in his throwing elbow. The injury occurred during Delgado's rehab stint. He has been moved to the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

The Diamondbacks send left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-12, 4.16 ERA) to the mound and the Rockies counter with right-hander German Marquez (10-6, 4.27) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night.

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DiamondbacksARI83-62
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  • W: J. Gray (8-4)L: D. Hernandez (3-1)S: C. Rusin (2)
  • HR: COL - C. Gonzalez 2 (12), ARI - J. Martinez (38)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF41000101.337.404.6161.0202.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41100121.316.381.417.7982.0
C. Gonzalez RF42242121.254.331.407.73814.0
N. Arenado 3B30000101.309.370.590.9591.0
G. Parra LF40100002.326.357.481.8383.0
T. Story SS40100013.230.303.441.7441.5
M. Reynolds 1B40100011.268.355.496.8501.5
J. Lucroy C30100101.251.324.354.6782.0
J. Gray P20000022.091.118.182.299-1.0
a- R. Tapia PH0000-000.284.331.418.000-
b- I. Desmond PH10000001.273.322.365.6880.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Rusin P00000000.375.375.375.7500.0
  • a-announced for Gray in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Tapia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF40200010.296.349.442.7921.5
C. Iannetta C30100001.242.348.487.8352.0
J. Lamb 3B30010022.251.358.490.8480.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000013.307.416.5871.003-0.5
J. Martinez RF41211010.296.372.6751.0477.5
A. Pollock CF40100011.255.319.438.7581.5
D. Descalso 2B40100022.245.346.415.7610.0
K. Marte SS40000012.278.361.426.787-0.5
T. Walker P21100000.245.260.327.5872.0
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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a- R. Fuentes PH10000010.242.278.358.636-0.5
J. Hoover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. De La Rosa P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (28), M. Reynolds (20)
  • 3B - G. Parra
  • HR - C. Gonzalez 2 (12)
  • SH - J. Gray (2)
  • RBI - C. Gonzalez 4 (52)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez (22), A. Pollock (29)
  • HR - J. Martinez (38)
  • SF - J. Lamb (4)
  • RBI - J. Lamb (99), J. Martinez (86)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu
  • E - J. Gray
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 8-4)7.072201013.951.3727.0
S. Oberg (H, 12)1.11000004.991.592.0
C. Rusin (S, 2)0.20000002.311.067.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 8-4)7.0
S. Oberg (H, 12)1.1
C. Rusin (S, 2)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Walker6.04225613.321.2913.0
A. Chafin0.10000003.781.450.0
D. Hernandez (L, 3-1)0.22220013.041.07-9.0
J. Hoover0.21000003.891.81-1.0
J. De La Rosa1.10000204.251.294.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gray (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 98-71, S. Oberg 17-13, C. Rusin 7-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 2-8, S. Oberg 3-1, C. Rusin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, S. Oberg 5, C. Rusin 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Walker (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 95-59, A. Chafin 7-5, D. Hernandez 15-10, J. Hoover 12-7, J. De La Rosa 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 6-6, J. Hoover 1-1, J. De La Rosa 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Walker 27, A. Chafin, D. Hernandez 4, J. Hoover 3, J. De La Rosa 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RockiesCOL80-65
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41000101.337.404.6161.0202.0
D. LeMahieu 2B41100121.316.381.417.7982.0
C. Gonzalez RF42242121.254.331.407.73814.0
N. Arenado 3B30000101.309.370.590.9591.0
G. Parra LF40100002.326.357.481.8383.0
T. Story SS40100013.230.303.441.7441.5
M. Reynolds 1B40100011.268.355.496.8501.5
J. Lucroy C30100101.251.324.354.6782.0
J. Gray P20000022.091.118.182.299-1.0
a- R. Tapia PH0000-000.284.331.418.000-
b- I. Desmond PH10000001.273.322.365.6880.0
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Rusin P00000000.375.375.375.7500.0
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  • a-announced for Gray in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Tapia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Peralta LF40200010.296.349.442.7921.5
C. Iannetta C30100001.242.348.487.8352.0
J. Lamb 3B30010022.251.358.490.8480.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000013.307.416.5871.003-0.5
J. Martinez RF41211010.296.372.6751.0477.5
A. Pollock CF40100011.255.319.438.7581.5
D. Descalso 2B40100022.245.346.415.7610.0
K. Marte SS40000012.278.361.426.787-0.5
T. Walker P21100000.245.260.327.5872.0
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Fuentes PH10000010.242.278.358.636-0.5
J. Hoover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. De La Rosa P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (28), M. Reynolds (20)
  • 3B - G. Parra
  • HR - C. Gonzalez 2 (12)
  • SH - J. Gray (2)
  • RBI - C. Gonzalez 4 (52)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez (22), A. Pollock (29)
  • HR - J. Martinez (38)
  • SF - J. Lamb (4)
  • RBI - J. Lamb (99), J. Martinez (86)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu
  • E - J. Gray
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (W, 8-4)7.072201013.951.3727.0
S. Oberg (H, 12)1.11000004.991.592.0
C. Rusin (S, 2)0.20000002.311.067.0
Total9.08220101---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (W, 8-4)7.0
S. Oberg (H, 12)1.1
C. Rusin (S, 2)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Walker6.04225613.321.2913.0
A. Chafin0.10000003.781.450.0
D. Hernandez (L, 3-1)0.22220013.041.07-9.0
J. Hoover0.21000003.891.81-1.0
J. De La Rosa1.10000204.251.294.0
Total9.0744582---
PITCHERSIP
T. Walker6.0
A. Chafin0.1
D. Hernandez (L, 3-1)0.2
J. Hoover0.2
J. De La Rosa1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gray (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 98-71, S. Oberg 17-13, C. Rusin 7-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 2-8, S. Oberg 3-1, C. Rusin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 28, S. Oberg 5, C. Rusin 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Walker (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 95-59, A. Chafin 7-5, D. Hernandez 15-10, J. Hoover 12-7, J. De La Rosa 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 6-6, J. Hoover 1-1, J. De La Rosa 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Walker 27, A. Chafin, D. Hernandez 4, J. Hoover 3, J. De La Rosa 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Gonzalez homered to right center, LeMahieu scored42
  • 3RD INNING
    Lamb hit sacrifice fly to left, Walker scored22
    Gonzalez homered to right center, Blackmon scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Martinez homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. De La Rosa Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Blackmon fouled out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Oberg Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right
    • A. Pollock: Foul, Ball, Pollock grounded out to third
    • Chris Rusin relieved Scott Oberg
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso flied out to deep center, Martinez to third
    • K. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J.J. Hoover pitching
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Story grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Reynolds doubled to shallow left
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy popped out to second
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Jon Gray
    • Jorge De La Rosa relieved J.J. Hoover
    • Ian Desmond hit for Raimel Tapia
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Ball, Foul, Iannetta grounded out to third
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Foul, Ball, Lamb flied out to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Andrew Chafin relieved Taijuan Walker
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Blackmon lined out to left
    • David Hernandez relieved Andrew Chafin
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, LeMahieu singled to shallow center
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez homered to right center, LeMahieu scored
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado fouled out to first
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Parra lined out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to second
    • Reymond Fuentes hit for David Hernandez
    • R. Fuentes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fuentes struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded out to third
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to third
    • J. Gray: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to right
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Pollock doubled to shallow left
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to left
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, Gonzalez to second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gonzalez to third, Arenado out at second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Story lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Walker: Strike looking, Walker flied out to deep left
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta lined out to left
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iannetta singled to shallow right
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lamb struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy singled to shallow right
    • J. Gray: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to first, Lucroy to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Pollock struck out on foul tip
    • D. Descalso: Strike swinging, Descalso singled to shallow center
    • K. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez homered to right center, Blackmon scored
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado lined out to center
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra tripled to shallow right
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Walker: Strike looking, Walker singled to shallow left
    • D. Peralta: Peralta singled to shallow right, Walker to second
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Iannetta hit by pitch, Walker to third, Peralta to second
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lamb hit sacrifice fly to left, Walker scored
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt lined into double play shortstop to second, Peralta out at second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Parra popped out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Story doubled to center
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds lined out to center
    • J. Lucroy: Lucroy intentionally walked
    • J. Gray: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez homered to center
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Pollock fouled out to right
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to deep center
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, LeMahieu out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta singled to shallow center
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta fouled out to first
    • J. Lamb: Peralta to third on Gray fielding error, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lamb struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)