Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 5
PHOENIX (AP)—The Arizona Diamondbacks won their third straight game Thursday, their first such streak in over three months.
Danny Bautista drove in a run with his second double of the game in the seventh inning and scored on Alex Cintron’s sacrifice fly, lifting the Diamondbacks to an 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Rookie Chad Tracy added a two-run homer in the eighth off Chin-Hui Tsao to help the Diamondbacks rally from an early 4-0 deficit and win three straight for the first time since sweeping San Francisco from June 1-3.
“That shows the character of the guys on the team,” Tracy said. “None of these guys have ever given up during a game, and that’s why they’re here— because we’ve always been competitors.”
Chad Durbin earned the win despite walking three in his only inning of work. With the game tied at 4, Durbin (1-0) walked Todd Helton and Jeromy Burnitz before giving up a two-out RBI single to Garrett Atkins, who drove in three runs.
Clint Barmes had a two-run homer for Colorado.
Scott Dohmann (0-3) took the loss in relief. He survived a leadoff double by Jerry Gil in the sixth, but walked Robby Hammock and gave up Bautista’s double in the seventh. Allan Simpson got one out before Cintron broke a 5-all with a sacrifice fly to left.
“We did a pretty good job today,” Cintron said. “In this series specifically, with good pitching, (we) played good defense, good hitting, getting men in position, all the right things to win the ballgame.”
“We need to finish strong so we build some kind of momentum going to spring training next year,” Arizona manager Al Pedrique said.
The Diamondbacks rallied to tie it against starter Jeff Francis, who could not protect a four-run lead. He allowed four runs on nine hits—the most in his brief, five-start career—in five innings.
“He wasn’t as sharp today as he has been,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Nine hits, a walk, hit a batter. But, you know, he held his ground. He didn’t collapse.”
Hammock drove in Randolph in the third with a one-out double, cutting Colorado’s advantage to 4-1.
Arizona then tied it in the fourth. Randolph lined his double into the gap with runners on the corners, and Terrero followed with another double off the center-field wall.
The Rockies scored twice in both the first and second innings to build a 4-0 lead.
Barmes followed Aaron Miles’ leadoff double with an attempted sacrifice, but he legged it out for a single. Randolph later walked Todd Greene to load the bases, and Atkins singled to center to make it 2-0.
Barmes hit a 1-2 pitch into the Arizona bullpen the next inning after a leadoff single by Choo Freeman.
Randolph, who allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings, retired his next nine batters.
Reliever Scott Service helped Randolph escape a bases-loaded jam in the sixth when he got Miles to ground into an inning-ending double play.
“You go into every game thinking you’re going to win,” said Helton, who went 0-for-3. “But it’s all about making key hits, and we didn’t.”
Helton was 0-for-11 in the series, but held onto fourth in the NL with a .332 batting average. He drew two walks, increasing his franchise record to 117. … Arizona’s franchise record is eight doubles in a game. The last time the Diamondbacks had seven doubles was June 14, 2003, at Minnesota.