Colorado Rockies Lose 8-7 On Three-Run Diamondbacks Ninth Inning Rally


Jun 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder C. Blackmon (19) slides home safe past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher J. Saltalamacchia (8) in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies took on the Arizona Diamondbacks for game two of their mid-week series after a big Rox win on Tuesday night. 

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The Arizona Diamondbacks scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning off Colorado Rockies closer John Axford, and won 8-7 on Wdnesday night in Denver to even the mid-week series at one game apiece.

The Rockies scored two runs in the first inning of Diamondbacks’ starter Allen Webster, first aided by a Nick Ahmed throwing error on a DJ LeMahieu ground ball, and then with a Troy Tulowitzki RBI single.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Rockies scored another run on a Nick Hundley solo shot — his sixth of the year — to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks got all three runs back in the top of the fourth inning off Rockies’ starter David Hale, thanks to doubles from Chris Owings and Jake Lamb, and a single from Nick Ahmed.

In the top of the fifth inning, Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run shot off Hale to give the Diamondbacks a 5-3 lead, ending Hale’s night prematurely.

Hale, charged with all five earned runs, lasted 4.2 innings, giving up eight hits and two walks, while striking out three on 89 pitches (57 strikes).

The Rockies, down 5-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, got four runs in that frame off relievers Randall Delgado and Andrew Chafin. The fun started when Nolan Arenado drove in Charlie Blackmon on a single, and continued through an RBI single by Wilin Rosario, an RBI walk to Hundley, and a fielder’s choice RBI from Brandon Barnes.

When it was all said and done, the Rockies had flipped a two-run deficit to a two-run lead, and led 7-5 — a score that would hold until the top of the ninth inning.

In the top of the ninth, John Axford came on for the save. He gave up a run on a Yasmany Tomas single, and eventually loaded the bases with nobody out in the inning in what became a one-run game.

With the bases loaded, Axford walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and then allowed an Aaron Hill sacrifice fly, giving Arizona an 8-7 lead. After LaTroy Hawkins came in to relieve Axford and get out of the inning, the Rockies took their bat in the bottom of the ninth in a game where just twenty minutes prior, it looked as though they wouldn’t need the half inning.

However, Dbacks closer Brad Ziegler shut the Rockies down in order in the ninth, and sealed the victory for Arizona.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks will play again Thursday afternoon.

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