The Colorado Rockies had rallied to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 after five innings Saturday night. Carlos Torres had pitched a clean fifth inning. As Toyota Talk began to crawl, Torres lost it. Arizona shortstop John McDonald singled leading-off. Pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs and Adam Eaton walked to load the bases. Aaron Hill hit a fly-ball over the head of Rockies’ center-fielder Dexter Fowler for a 3-run triple. Justin Upton walked. Josh Outman relieved Torres and walked Miguel Montero. Edgmer Escalona replaced Outman, and after he struck-out Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel hit a long sacrifice to center, scoring Hill, Upton to third. Chris Johnson singled-in Upton and the Dbacks led 8-5. They hung on for an 8-7 win in Denver, and while remaining 4 1/2 behind the Cardinals for the second NL Wild Card berth, they picked-up games on all 3 teams ahead of them, Milwaukee, the Dodgers, and Philadephia.
Jhoulys Chacin started for Colorado and was back to bumbling, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks over four innings (84 pitches, 51 strikes). Arizona came-after him straight-off. Eaton led-off with a triple and scored on a Hill ground-out. Upton doubled, but after Montero flew-out, Goldschmidt also doubled, Upton scoring, and then Kubel singled Goldschmidt home for a 3-0 1st-inning Diamondbacks lead.
The Rockies got after Arizona starter Patrick Corbin in the second. Downtown Andrew Brown led-off with a Stantonian blast onto the left-field concourse that bounced up to the roof of Helton Burger and down into the players’ parking lot. After Tyler Colvin grounded-out, DJ LeMahieu tripled over the head of Eaton, and scored when Chacin dumped a single in front of the center-fielder. With Corbin wobbling, Fowler executed a sweet bunt-single that he followed up the first-base line, Chacin to second. Josh Rutledge forced Fowler at second, Chacin to third. Jordan Pacheco then smacked a sharply-hit double down the 3rd-base line, plating both runners. The Rockies led 4-3.
Wilin Rosario made it 5-3 when he blasted an 80 mph change-up from Corbin into the left-center-field pavilion. It was home-run no. 26 for Rosario, eclipsing Todd Helton’s 1998 rookie mark of 25. The lead held until Mama Downs in Fruita composed her nightly 6th inning text. Colorado would score single runs in the bottom of the 6th and 7th, but David Hernadez shut them-down in the 8th and JJ Putz closed it out with his 31st save in the 9th.
Arizona has 2 more with the Rockies in Denver before heading to San Francisco, which clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 2-1 win over San Diego. The Diamondbacks send Ian Kennedy to the hill versus Colorado’s Jeff Francis in a 1:10 start Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.