Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 4

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DENVER (AP)—The Arizona Diamondbacks’ long run ended because of the longball.

The Colorado Rockies hit four home runs, including a tiebreaking shot by Ronnie Belliard in the seventh inning, to beat Arizona 7-4 Tuesday night and stop the Diamondbacks’ 12-game winning streak.

The team-record streak was the longest in the majors since the Oakland A’s won 20 in a row last Aug. 13-Sept. 4.

“We knew we weren’t going to win the rest of them,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “But it was a real nice run while it lasted. The intention is to come back and start another one.”

Arizona’s Steve Finley had four hits, including a two-run. He said his team “had a pretty good run.”

“We learned that when the young guys came up, they were put in tight situations and they came through. We learned that our minor league system had a good supporting cast. The young guys were a huge part of it,” Finley said.

Now, the Diamondbacks are looking forward to the return of staff aces Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, among others, from injuries.

Preston Wilson hit a two-run homer and Larry Walker and Jay Payton added solo shots for Colorado, which erased a 4-0 deficit.

Belliard’s solo homer put the Rockies ahead 5-4. In the eighth, Belliard had a bunt single that drove in another run.

“Ron has played very well for us from the time we got him in spring training,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “He gives us solid defense. He’s showed some discipline at the plate. He’s driving the ball. Obviously, he drove it big-time on that home run.

“I talked to him on deck in the eighth about pushing a bunt to the right side. He looked at me and winked. He bunted it far enough to be effective.”

Belliard said his homer came on a changeup.

“He struck me out the previous at-bat with a changeup,” he said. “That was the pitch I was looking for. I wasn’t look for that pitch to hit it out. I was looking for that pitch to get a hit. The ball was carrying good tonight.”

Payton said it was “nice to break their streak. They are playing great baseball, but we are pretty tough at home. They probably did not have ideas of coming in here and sweeping us in our own park.”

Javier Lopez (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings to earn the win.

The Rockies used three pitchers in the ninth. Brian Fuentes struck out Luis Gonzalez—who homered twice and had five RBIs on Monday night—with two on and one out.

Justin Speier then struck out pinch-hitter Robby Hammock to end it, getting his second save.

Andrew Good (3-2) went 6 1-3 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, including all four Colorado homers.

Colorado’s Denny Stark, making his season debut after being sidelined three months with a torn muscle in his pitching shoulder, went 4 2-3 innings. He gave up seven hits and four runs and left with a 4-1 deficit.

Walker led off the Rockies’ fourth with a homer, his ninth, just inside the right-field foul pole.

Arizona chased Stark in the fifth, despite failing to score. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with two outs, but reliever Nelson Cruz struck out Shea Hillenbrand.

Wilson’s two-run shot in the fifth cut the lead to 4-3. With two outs, Todd Helton doubled off the left-field wall and Wilson followed with a 437-foot homer to center, his 18th.

Payton’s leadoff homer in the sixth made it 4-all.

Belliard homered with one out, chasing Good. It was Belliard’s second homer of the season and first since April 29. Payton added an RBI single.

Matt Kata led off the game with a single—his fifth straight hit—and Finley followed with his 11th homer.

Lyle Overbay doubled in the Arizona second and scored on Chad Moeller’s single.

Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the third on two singles and awalk, and a run scored on David Dellucci’s double-play grounder.

Notes

The Rockies placed RHP Shawn Chacon on the 15-day DL because of soreness in his pitching elbow. … Arizona ace Curt Schilling (broken right hand) will make his first rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Tucson. … Helton extended his hitting streak to 16 games, a career best. … Finley extended his hitting streak to 12 games. … Wilson made a sliding catch inright-center to rob Overbay in the fourth.

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