Diamondbacks 4, Rockies 2

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DENVER (AP)—Orlando Hernandez was ready for his Arizona Diamondbacks’ debut, especially after a trip to Chicago to pick up his World Series ring from the Chicago White Sox.

“It was very emotional ceremony in Chicago. I’m very happy, and today’s win made me happy twice,” he said after striking out eight in five innings to lead Arizona over the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Wednesday night.

Acquired from the World Series champions during the offseason, Hernandez allowed two runs, six hits and two walks.

“I wouldn’t want to want to face him as a right-handed hitter,” said Todd Helton, who had two doubles and an RBI off Hernandez. “He comes at you at too many angles and at too many speeds.”

El Duque struck out Matt Holliday three times—all ending innings.

“I couldn’t pick up his fastball,” Holliday said. “I just had trouble with him.”

Greg Aquino, Terry Mulholland, Brandon Lyon, Luis Vizcaino and Jose Valverde finished, with Valverde getting three outs for the save.

Cory Sullivan walked with one out in the ninth before Clint Barmes struck out as catcher Johnny Estrada picked off Sullivan at first for a game-ending double play.

Luis Gonzalez drove in two runs with two doubles and a single, and Chad Tracy and Shawn Green also had RBIs for Arizona.

Loser Aaron Cook gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Tracy’s run-scoring grounder and Gonzalez’s bloop RBI single built a 2-0 Arizona lead in the first.

Hernandez worked out of minor trouble in the first two innings, then gave up an unearned run in the third when Barmes hit a two-out single, took second when center fielder Jeff DaVanon bobbled the ball and scored on Helton’s double. Colorado’s Luis A. Gonzalez tied the score with an RBI single in the fourth.

Cook retired 13 in a row after Johnny Estrada’s leadoff walk in the second. Chad Tracy doubled with two outs in the sixth, and scored on Gonzalez’s double for a 3-2 lead. Shawn Green added an RBI single in the eighth off Tom Martin.

“I made two pitches that I’d like back: a hanging curveball in the first inning to Orlando Hudson and a high changeup to Luis Gonzalez in the sixth,” Cook said. “Both pitches that resulted in critical runs.”

Notes

: With four switch-hitters in the lineup, every position player for the Diamondbacks swung from the left side against Cook. … Colorado’s Luis Gonzalez left the game at the end of the fifth inning with inflammation in his right wrist. … LHP Jaime Cerda and RHP Mike Esposito cleared waivers and were assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. … Colorado’s top two hitters are a combined 3-for-17 this year.

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