Lamb hits first HR in more than a year, D-backs top Rockies

PHOENIX (AP) An All-Star in 2017, Jake Lamb missed more than half of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Then early this season, he strained his quadriceps and missed almost three months.

But Lamb stayed the course despite the frustration, and it paid off on Saturday night.

He hit his first home run in more than a year, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

''It's been really, really difficult,'' Lamb said of his long road to recovery. ''I've just been trying to be as positive as possible through all the ups and downs. Because I know what kind of player I can be.''

Lamb, on the injured list from April 5 to June 26, broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a two-run shot that eluded Rockies left fielder David Dahl's glove and bounced off the top of the left-field wall. Arizona scored three runs in the inning.

''I was just trying to stay as relaxed as possible,'' Lamb said. ''For sure, it feels good to get the first homer, but just trying to put quality at-bats together for a good stretch.''

Robbie Ray (6-6) held the Rockies to two hits in six innings, striking out eight despite five walks. He also drove in a run with a two-out single in the fourth inning.

Daniel Murphy and All-Star Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, who have lost five straight. Jon Gray (9-6) allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings.

Murphy's seventh of the season landed in the pool deck beyond the right-field fence. Story homered to center field in the eighth inning off reliever Yoan Lopez, his ninth career home run at Chase Field. That's the most at the ballpark for any visiting player since 2016.

''Tough night for the group on offense. We just didn't get a lot of hits, didn't swing the bats great, didn't get a lot of baserunners,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Gray worked out of a couple of jams in the second and third innings, but couldn't escape the fourth unscathed. Adam Jones led off with a double, and two outs later, Ray punched a single to left field to tie the game.

''Who thinks it's a good idea to throw fastballs away to a pitcher, giving him a chance?'' Gray said. ''A lot of mistakes. I am not happy about it.''

The Rockies loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth after Nolan Arenado was intentionally walked, but Ray got Dahl to ground out.

In that inning, the Rockies had runners on second and third with one out when Charlie Blackmon was given a double on a play during which Diamondbacks center fielder Ketel Marte ran in front of Tim Locastro in left field and misplayed the flyball off his glove.

''You've got to pick up your teammates in that situation,'' Ray said. ''Every time something like that happens, you just want to pick up your guys and let them know, `I've got your back.'''

Jones singled to start the bottom of the sixth before Lamb connected for his first home run since June 25, 2018. Later in the inning, Nick Ahmed singled, stole second base and scored on Carson Kelly's single.

The Diamondbacks turned to Greg Holland, who blew back-to-back save chances earlier in the week but got a vote of confidence to remain the closer from manager Torey Lovullo, in the ninth inning. Holland put the tying run on base twice, but struck out pinch hitter Ryan MacMahon for his 13th save.

''He learned something from the past couple of outings,'' Lovullo said of Holland. ''I felt like there was some crucial moments where he stood up there and said, `I'm on this and I'm going to make some pitches to make good things happen.'''

GREINKE OUT

Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke will not pitch in the All-Star Game next week, Lovullo confirmed. Greinke is electing not to participate due to personal reasons.

Greinke earned his 10th win of the season Friday night with seven scoreless innings against the Rockies. The six-time All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner was replaced for this year's game by Felipe Vazquez of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

HERE'S THE STORY

Story made the game's best defensive play, diving to his left to take a hit away from Ahmed and flipping the ball to second base to start a double play to end the seventh inning.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (8-3. 4.38 earned run average) gets the start Sunday against Arizona. He's 1-1 with a 3.67 ERA at Chase Field over seven games.

Diamondbacks: LHP Alex Young makes his Chase Field debut on Sunday. He won his major league debut in San Francisco on June 27 and has also appeared in one game in relief.

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  • W: R. Ray (6-6)L: J. Gray (9-6)S: G. Holland (13)
  • HR: COL - D. Murphy (7), T. Story (18), ARI - J. Lamb (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF40100010.334.383.6401.0231.5
T. Story SS31111112.289.357.540.8976.5
N. Arenado 3B30000111.315.381.568.9490.5
D. Dahl LF40000034.312.356.537.893-1.5
I. Desmond CF40000010.278.332.506.838-0.5
D. Murphy 1B31211100.278.332.454.7868.0
G. Hampson 2B20000111.200.239.285.5242.5
a- R. Tapia PH10000001.264.300.444.7440.0
T. Wolters C30100121.286.355.377.7321.0
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C. Bettis P0000-000.000.167.000.000-
c- R. McMahon PH10000011.255.332.400.732-0.5
  • a-grounded into a double play for Hampson in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Diaz in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Bettis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Locastro LF50100014.236.364.311.6760.5
K. Marte CF-2B50100002.311.358.558.9161.0
E. Escobar 2B-3B40100023.291.349.532.8810.0
C. Walker 1B30100111.263.334.507.8412.5
A. Jones RF42200003.264.313.444.7565.0
J. Lamb 3B31221101.243.378.378.7569.0
Y. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Ahmed SS41200003.259.308.419.7275.0
C. Kelly C30110112.276.355.534.8902.5
R. Ray P20110002.063.063.063.1252.0
a- I. Vargas PH10000011.252.291.368.659-0.5
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J. Dyson CF10100000.261.348.374.7221.0
  • a-struck out for Ray in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (21)
  • HR - T. Story (18), D. Murphy (7)
  • SH - J. Gray (7)
  • RBI - T. Story (49), D. Murphy (44)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl 4 (4), G. Hampson, J. Gray, R. McMahon
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker (20), A. Jones (17)
  • HR - J. Lamb
  • RBI - J. Lamb 2 (5), C. Kelly (28), R. Ray (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Ray (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Locastro 2 (2), K. Marte, E. Escobar 2 (2), C. Walker, A. Jones 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Hampson (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Ahmed (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-Hampson-Murphy; Story-Hampson-Murphy)
  • E - J. Gray
FIELDING
  • DP - (Walker-Ahmed-Holland)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (L, 9-6)5.08332413.921.38-1.0
J. Diaz1.03110205.161.280.0
J. McGee1.01001001.351.051.0
C. Bettis1.01000005.401.452.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (L, 9-6)5.0
J. Diaz1.0
J. McGee1.0
C. Bettis1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (W, 6-6)6.02115813.961.3524.0
A. Chafin (H, 14)1.00000102.931.273.5
Y. Lopez (H, 11)1.01110211.590.942.0
G. Holland (S, 13)1.02000103.101.218.5
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (W, 6-6)6.0
A. Chafin (H, 14)1.0
Y. Lopez (H, 11)1.0
G. Holland (S, 13)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Gray (5)
  • IBB - J. Gray (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 97-64, J. Diaz 22-14, J. McGee 16-10, C. Bettis 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-7, J. McGee 1-1, C. Bettis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 24, J. Diaz 6, J. McGee 4, C. Bettis 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Ray (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 93-58, A. Chafin 8-6, Y. Lopez 16-14, G. Holland 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 4-6, A. Chafin 1-1, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 25, A. Chafin 3, Y. Lopez 4, G. Holland 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon RF40100010.334.383.6401.0231.5
T. Story SS31111112.289.357.540.8976.5
N. Arenado 3B30000111.315.381.568.9490.5
D. Dahl LF40000034.312.356.537.893-1.5
I. Desmond CF40000010.278.332.506.838-0.5
D. Murphy 1B31211100.278.332.454.7868.0
G. Hampson 2B20000111.200.239.285.5242.5
a- R. Tapia PH10000001.264.300.444.7440.0
T. Wolters C30100121.286.355.377.7321.0
J. Gray P10000011.057.083.057.140-0.5
J. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Iannetta PH10000000.245.339.471.8100.0
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Bettis P0000-000.000.167.000.000-
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Hampson in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Diaz in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Bettis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Locastro LF50100014.236.364.311.6760.5
K. Marte CF-2B50100002.311.358.558.9161.0
E. Escobar 2B-3B40100023.291.349.532.8810.0
C. Walker 1B30100111.263.334.507.8412.5
A. Jones RF42200003.264.313.444.7565.0
J. Lamb 3B31221101.243.378.378.7569.0
Y. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Ahmed SS41200003.259.308.419.7275.0
C. Kelly C30110112.276.355.534.8902.5
R. Ray P20110002.063.063.063.1252.0
a- I. Vargas PH10000011.252.291.368.659-0.5
A. Chafin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Dyson CF10100000.261.348.374.7221.0
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  • a-struck out for Ray in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (21)
  • HR - T. Story (18), D. Murphy (7)
  • SH - J. Gray (7)
  • RBI - T. Story (49), D. Murphy (44)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl 4 (4), G. Hampson, J. Gray, R. McMahon
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker (20), A. Jones (17)
  • HR - J. Lamb
  • RBI - J. Lamb 2 (5), C. Kelly (28), R. Ray (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Ray (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Locastro 2 (2), K. Marte, E. Escobar 2 (2), C. Walker, A. Jones 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Hampson (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Ahmed (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-Hampson-Murphy; Story-Hampson-Murphy)
  • E - J. Gray
FIELDING
  • DP - (Walker-Ahmed-Holland)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gray (L, 9-6)5.08332413.921.38-1.0
J. Diaz1.03110205.161.280.0
J. McGee1.01001001.351.051.0
C. Bettis1.01000005.401.452.0
Total8.01344361---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gray (L, 9-6)5.0
J. Diaz1.0
J. McGee1.0
C. Bettis1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Ray (W, 6-6)6.02115813.961.3524.0
A. Chafin (H, 14)1.00000102.931.273.5
Y. Lopez (H, 11)1.01110211.590.942.0
G. Holland (S, 13)1.02000103.101.218.5
Total9.05225122---
PITCHERSIP
R. Ray (W, 6-6)6.0
A. Chafin (H, 14)1.0
Y. Lopez (H, 11)1.0
G. Holland (S, 13)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Gray (5)
  • IBB - J. Gray (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 97-64, J. Diaz 22-14, J. McGee 16-10, C. Bettis 13-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 3-7, J. McGee 1-1, C. Bettis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Gray 24, J. Diaz 6, J. McGee 4, C. Bettis 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Ray (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Ray 93-58, A. Chafin 8-6, Y. Lopez 16-14, G. Holland 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Ray 4-6, A. Chafin 1-1, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Ray 25, A. Chafin 3, Y. Lopez 4, G. Holland 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Story homered to center24
  • 6TH INNING
    Kelly singled to center, Ahmed scored14
    Lamb homered to left center, Jones scored13
  • 4TH INNING
    Ray singled to left, Jones scored, Kelly to second11
  • 2ND INNING
    Murphy homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Yoan Lopez
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy singled to left center
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Garrett Hampson
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Tapia grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Murphy out at second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wolters singled to center
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Chad Bettis
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Yoan Lopez pitching
    • Jarrod Dyson in center field
    • T. Story: Foul, Story homered to center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chad Bettis relieved Jake McGee
    • C. Kelly: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kelly popped out to shortstop
    • J. Dyson: Foul, Dyson singled to center
    • T. Locastro: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Locastro popped out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Marte grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Andrew Chafin pitching
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • Chris Iannetta hit for Jairo Diaz
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta flied out to right
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jake McGee pitching
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
    • A. Jones: Jones flied out to right
    • J. Lamb: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Lamb singled to left, Walker to second
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ahmed grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lamb out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Hampson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hampson flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jones singled to right
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lamb homered to left center, Jones scored
    • Jairo Diaz relieved Jon Gray
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Ahmed singled to shallow left
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ahmed stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kelly singled to center, Ahmed scored
    • Ildemaro Vargas hit for Robbie Ray
    • I. Vargas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Vargas struck out swinging
    • T. Locastro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Locastro struck out looking
    • K. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte singled to shallow left, Kelly to second
    • E. Escobar: Escobar fouled out to third
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
    • J. Gray: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon doubled to left center, Wolters to third
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Arenado intentionally walked
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte fouled out to third
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
    • C. Walker: Ball, Walker grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Foul, Desmond popped out to catcher
    • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Hampson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Jones doubled to deep left
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lamb flied out to deep right, Jones to third
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ahmed fouled out to first
    • C. Kelly: Kelly intentionally walked
    • R. Ray: Foul, Ray singled to left, Jones scored, Kelly to second
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Locastro popped out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Story lined out to left
    • N. Arenado: Arenado flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Locastro: Ball, Strike looking, Locastro reached on an infield single to third
    • K. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Locastro to second on pitcher Gray throwing error, Ball, Foul, Marte popped out to third
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Locastro to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • C. Walker: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Desmond fouled out to first
    • D. Murphy: Murphy homered to right center
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hampson walked
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Hampson stole second, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gray struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lamb walked
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Ball, Ahmed singled to left, Lamb to second
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • R. Ray: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ray grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ahmed out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Ray Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked
    • N. Arenado: Arenado popped out to third
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul tip, Dahl struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gray Pitching:
    • T. Locastro: Strike looking, Locastro flied out to left
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Marte grounded out to third
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar singled to right
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Walker doubled to deep right center, Escobar to third
    • A. Jones: Jones flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)