Rockies bury D’Backs with seven-run eighth
The Colorado Rockies were meandering toward another loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks when they erupted for their biggest inning of the season and scored seven runs with two out in the eighth inning. The rally, which included a go-ahead, three-run homer by, his 30th of the season, brought the Rockies an 8-3 victory and ended their six-game losing streak to the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks had scored single runs in the seventh and eighth, aided by catcherand third baseman , both making their major league debuts, to take a 3-1 lead into the eighth.
With two out and a runner on first in the eighth,singled, and followed with a run-scoring single. Tulowitzki homered on David Hernandez’s 0-1 pitch, his second three-run homer in two games, to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead.
followed with a single that ended the night for Hernandez. After being lifted from the game, Hernandez voiced his displeasure with home plate umpire Tim Tichenor and was ejected. Joe Paterson didn’t retire the three batters he faced, giving up a run-scoring triple to , his second triple of the game, walking Rosario and giving up run-scoring single to Pacheco.
Sam Demel hit Kouzmanoff with a pitch to load the bases and walkedto force in the final run.
, making a spot start because has been pushed back until Friday, gave up six hits and two runs, one earned, in seven innings. Hammel’s start was reminiscent of April when he went 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA in five starts.
Pacheco, who went 2-for-4, singled on his first at bat in the big leagues. His one-out grounder in the fifth scored Smith, who led off the inning with a triple, with the Rockies first run. Playing just his sixth professional game at third base, Pacheco handled four ground balls and a line drive _ all of the plays routine _ and caught Tulowitzki’s relay throw and put a nice tag on John McDonald to end the second when McDonald tried to stretch a double into a triple.
Pacheco made a throwing error in the eighth when he charged Miguel Montero’s bouncer but threw wide of first baseman Wigginton. Aaron Hill, who had doubled with one out, scored on the play.
Rosario went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Brad Ziegler, whose arm angle is close to being a submariner, and a walk. Rosario was guilty of a passed ball in the seventh after Paul Goldschmidt led off with a double. And Gerardo Parra singled with one out to put Arizona ahead 2-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, a freak play cost the Rockies a run. With one out and runners on first and second, the Rockies pulled off a double steal.., who was on third base, then broke for home when Ziegler threw a wild pitch. The ball rebounded right back to catcher Miguel Montero, who tagged Young out _ although replays showed he might have been safe.
_ , who retired the one batter he faced in the eighth, was the winning pitcher. He’s 10-4 and became the second Rockies reliever to win 10 games in a season. Gabe White won 11 games in relief in 2000.
_ The last time the Rockies scored as many as seven runs in an inning was July 30, 2010, against the Cubs when they set a franchise record with 12 runs in the eighth inning.
_ The Rockies had not beaten the Diamondbacks since July 23. In addition to losing six straight to them, the Rockies had lost 12 of their first 16 games to the Diamondbacks.
_ Fowler went 0-for-4 with a walk, ending his six-game hitting streak.
_ Smith is the first Rockies to have two triples in a game since Fowler on Aug. 29, 2010, against the Dodgers.
_ Tulowitzki is two shy of his career-high in home runs. He hit 32 homers in 2009.
_ Hammel pitched seven innings for the first time since June 28 against the White Sox. This was just the sixth time in 26 starts this season that he had just one walk.