Rockie road to playoffs: Colorado might be out of chances, time

The Colorado Rockies need another of their patent-pending comebacks.

They're just running out of time to make it.

Despite a grand slam by Carlos Gonzalez(notes) that ate into a six-run deficit, the Rockies' playoff chances were dealt a huge blow by the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who won 10-9 on Thursday to complete a stunning three-game sweep.

"If we're going to be a playoff team, we have to play better than this," Gonzalez said after driving in a career-high six runs.

The Rockies put the potential tying and lead runs on base with two outs in the ninth, but Melvin Mora(notes) struck out against Juan Gutierrez(notes) to snuff out the rally.

After losing their fourth straight, the Rockies fell 3 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West, and trail likewise in the wild-card race, with 10 games to play.

Even with the first-place San Francisco Giants coming to Coors Field for three games starting Friday night, Rocktober appears quite faint right now.

Coolstandings gives the Rox a 3.4 percent chance of making the playoffs.

After winning 13 of 15, how did the Rox slide so fast? They got another substandard outing from a starting pitcher, their middle relief proved vulnerable and manager Jim Tracy made more questionable decisions with his pitchers and his bench.

Tracy refused to use closer Huston Street(notes) or Rafael Betancourt(notes) to help keep the score close in the late innings, then did not send Todd Helton(notes) in as a pinch hitter during the final rally.

All of it against a team struggling to not lose 100 games.

At least the Rockies, if they're going down, are doing it together.

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