Diamondbacks 14, Rockies 6

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PHOENIX (AP)—Shea Hillenbrand’s line drives kept bouncing back off Boston’s Green Monster. Now that he’s with the Arizona Diamondbacks, they’re going over the wall.

Hillenbrand became the sixth player to homer in three straight innings, setting career highs with five hits and seven RBIs as he led the Diamondbacks over the Colorado Rockies 14-6 Monday night.

The three homers matched his total in 49 games with the Red Sox, who traded him to Arizona on May 29 for right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim. He has five in 16 games with the Diamondbacks.

“If I was playing at Fenway tonight, I think at least two of those three home runs would be singles,” Hillenbrand said. “It was absolutely a dream game for anybody, let alone myself.”

Hillenbrand hit two solo shots off Jason Jennings, then hit a three-run homer against Nelson Cruz (3-5) as Arizona overcame a 5-0 deficit to win for the 16th time in 19 games.

With a chance to tie the record for homers in a game, Hillenbrand hit a two-run double against Joe Roa in the seventh inning.

“That’s definitely a career night,” Quinton McCracken said. “Just to be a part of it was great. Shea’s an awesome guy—he’s a great addition to this ballclub. I mean, he’s that right-handed presence that this lineup needs.”

Hillenbrand has eight hits in his last nine at-bats, raising his average with Arizona to .349.

“He was locked in,” Jennings said. “You know, the first two he didn’t hit good pitches—they were bad pitches. But when you’re locked in and you’re swinging well … sometimes you pop up mistakes. But tonight, he made us pay for them.”

Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs was the previous player to homer in three straight innings, accomplish the feat in the third, fourth and fifth innings at Colorado last Aug. 10.

Stephen Randolph (4-0) allowed one run in three innings, combining with starter John Patterson and relievers Oscar Villareal and Brady Raggio on a five-hitter. All of Colorado’s hits came in the first four innings off Patterson.

“It’s something you should never expect to happen,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the blown lead. “Now that it’s happened, we’ve got to deal with it. I mean, we got blown up on the mound tonight.”

Arizona had 18 hits off four pitchers. Jennings allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, and Cruz gave up four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Colorado built its lead on Todd Helton’s solo homer in the first, Charles Johnson’s RBI double in the second and Preston Wilson’s three-run homer in the third.

Arizona closed to 5-3 in the fourth. Hillenbrand led off with a homer that barely cleared the fence after left fielder Jay Payton’s glove made contact with a fan’s hand. Chad Moeller added an RBI double and scored on a single by pinch-hitter Mark Grace.

Larry Walker hit an RBI groundout in the fifth, when Randolph walked the first three batters he faced before settling down. Hillenbrand hit another leadoff homer in the bottom half.

“That’s not what you like to see,” manager Bob Brenly said of Randolph. “But to his credit he settled in and got some big outs for us, gave us the innings that we needed there in the middle.”

Craig Counsell, activated before the game after spending two months on the disabled list with an injured right thumb, hit an RBI groundout in the sixth as Arizona closed to 6-5.

Jennings walked Matt Kata, Cruz walked Luis Gonzalez and Hillenbrand pulled a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats for an 8-6 lead.

In the seventh, McCracken had an RBI triple and Carlos Baerga and Gonzalez had RBI singles before Hillenbrand’s two-run double. He scored on a single bySteve Finley.


Colorado is an NL-worst 15-30 away from home. … The Diamondbacksplaced C Rod Barajas (wrist tendinitis) on the 15-day DL.

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