Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7, 12 innings
DENVER (AP)—Extra innings, come-from-behind rallies, squeakers—it doesn’t matter to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona’s streak is both a franchise record and the longest in the majors this season.
Matt Kata had a club record-tying five hits, the last an RBI double in the 12th that put Arizona ahead 5-4. He also homered.
“This is an awesome streak we are on,” Kata said. “It seems like someone different has contributed every night.”
Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly singled out Gonzalez.
“Look at our lineup over the past three weeks, and Gonzo has been the one constant,” he said. “We can write his name in the four hole every day. It doesn’t matter who hits ahead of or behind him, he will do something to help us win a game every night.”
Brenly, whose team won in extra innings for the second straight day, also praised Kata, a rookie who has filled in for injured second baseman Junior Spivey.
“He does something every day that makes you scratch your head,” Brenly said. “You have to step back and tell yourself that he hasn’t had many games in the big leagues.”
With one out in the Arizona 12th, David Dellucci walked off Jimenez, stole second and scored on Kata’s double past diving first baseman Todd Helton. Carlos Baerga singled and, with two outs, Gonzalez hit his 17th homer for an 8-4 lead.
“I had just taken a fastball and you want to try to get something out in front,” Gonzalez said. “Then he threw a changeup, left it down. For a left-hander, you like the ball down.”
Gonzalez called Kata “our catalyst tonight.”
Larry Walker got the Rockies’ first hit, leading off the fifth with a liner off first baseman Baerga’s glove that started a three-run outburst. Jay Payton reached on an error and Greg Norton followed with a high-hop RBI single.
Arizona countered with three runs in the sixth. Kata led off with a homer, his third. With one out, Alex Cintron had an infield single, and Gonzalez hit a two-run homer.
Helton made it 4-3, leading off the Rockies’ half with a 422-foot homer to center. It was his 14th homer of the season and 200th of his career, and it extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games.
The Diamondbacks tied it in the seventh. With two outs, Kata singled off Brian Fuentes, and Baerga hit an RBI double off the wall in right-center.
Colorado got the leadoff batter aboard in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 11th but failed to score.
“We had our opportunities,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “We weren’t able to convert. A tough day at the office.”
Kata and Baerga both singled with no outs in the 10th, but Steve Reed worked out of the jam, thanks to the third of four Colorado double plays.
Arizona’s Elmer Dessens pitched four no-hit innings. He went 5 2-3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, two earned.
Colorado’s Darren Oliver allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings.
The Diamondbacks activated RHP Matt Mantei off the DL and designated RHP Ricky Bottalico for assignment. … It was Gonzalez’s 16th career multihomer game. … Helton is the fourth Colorado player to reach the 200-homer plateau. Walker has 244, Vinny Castilla 203 and Dante Bichette 201. … Jimenez lost his 10th consecutive decision dating to July 1, 2002, tying John Thomson’s club-record losing streak. … Steve Finley extended his hitting
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