Rockies lose second straight to Diamondbacks
didn’t make it through the fifth. The Colorado Rockies made one bad play in the field, another on the bases and managed to get little output from 13 hits in a 9-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
, and each had three hits. The Rockies other hit was a leadoff homer in the ninth by , his first homer since Oct. 3, the final day of the 2010 regular season. Fowler had gone 282 at-bats since that homer.
Cook lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs. The last three scored on Miguel Montero’s homer in the fifth that gave the Diamondbacks a 6-2 lead. Cook gave up three runs in the third when he walked Willie Bloomquist with one out to put runners on first and second. Gerardo Parra, who went 4-for-5, ended up with a two-run triple when center fielder Fowler let Parra’s hit in left-center go by him. Parra scored on a ground out by Justin Upton, who hit a two-run homer in the eighth off.
The Rockies scored a run in the first on a two-out single by. But that hit came after , who went 0-for-5, swung at left-hander Wade Miley’s first pitch and popped out. Iannetta singled home a run in the fourth to cut Arizona’s lead to 3-2.
Miley bobbled Cook’s sacrifice to load the bases. But Fowler andeach flied out. After Montero’s homer put the Rockies into a four-run hole, they threatened in the sixth when Kouzmanoff and Iannetta singled with one out. Pinch hitter . flied to center, and Kouzmanoff was inexplicably doubled off second.
Helton led off the eighth with a double and scored on Kouzmanoff’s one-out single to make it 7-3. But Upton hit a long homer off the batter’s eye in the eighth, his 26th homer of the season.
_ The Rockies have lost four of their past five games and are 13 games behind, matching their greatest distance this season from first place. They were also 13 games behind on Aug. 16.
_ Cook had a season-high six strikeouts. Montero’s homer was the eighth allowed by Cook in 85 innings overall in 15 starts. But he has yielded six homers in 33 1/3 innings in his past six starts. This was the second shortest of Cook’s 15 starts this season _ he went four innings Aug. 2 against the Phillies _ and the ninth time he has failed to pitch six innings.
_ Belisle has given up five home runs in 62 1/3 innings but hadn’t allowed a homer since June 10. Belisle has been scored upon in three of his past five games, allowing nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings in that stretch.
_ Tulowitzki is hitting .115 (6-for-52) with one homer and six RBI in 13 games against the Diamondbacks this season and is 68-for-309 (.207) against them in 82 career games with 13 homers and 40 RBI. In 41 career games at Chase Field, Tulowitzki is 30-for-149 (.201) with six homers and 17 RBI. This season, Tulowizki is 4-for-32 (.125) at Chase Field with one homer and three RBI.