Jun 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; (from left to right); Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) and second baseman Rafael Ynoa (43) and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) and right fielder Brandon Barnes (1) and third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) celebrate after the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks met on De La Rosa Day in the rubber match of their three-game series Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.
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A five-run eighth inning, highlighted by a solo home run from Troy Tulowitzki and two runs scoring on a crucial error, pushed the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory on Thursday afternoon over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field.
With the victory, the Rockies also won the home series, taking two of three from Arizona, and earned some revenge from a team that had just defeated Colorado on a three-run ninth inning rally the night before.
Both starters, the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa, and the Diamondbacks’ Rubby De La Rosa, tossed zeros for the first half of the game, with the first run scored coming off Jorge De La Rosa in the top of the sixth inning.
Even then, it was only after Jorge had been removed from the game after 5.1 innings due to a finger injury, leaving two runners on base. Christian Bergman came on in relief of the injured Rockies’ starter, and allowed an inherited runner, but got out of the two-runners-on jam by inducing a pop-up to end the top of the sixth. On that foul pop-up, though, third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his chin on catcher Michael McKenry‘s helmet during a miscommunication, and was left on the ground for several minutes after the inning, recovering.
Recover, Arenado would — he slugged a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth off Rubby to tie the game at one apiece, a shot to left-center field.
It’ll still be seen if Jorge makes his next start with the finger issue, but he was good enough before his removal on Thursday, allowing just a run on four hits and three walks, striking out three Diamondbacks, before his removal.
The Diamondbacks pushed another run across in the top of the seventh inning, though, and going up 2-1 looked as though they might steal the rubber match from Colorado on this beautiful Thursday afternoon in Denver.
However, in the bottom of the eighth, the Rockies went off — five runs came across, started by a Troy Tulowitzki home run to tie the game at two runs apiece off reliever Daniel Hudson.
An RBI groundout by Ben Paulsen and an RBI single by Wilin Rosario made it a 4-2 game in the Rockies’ favor — a two run lead that the Rockies would take to the ninth for the second game in a row after blowing a two-run lead on Wednesday night.
However, Brandon Barnes hit a routine ground ball to third baseman Aaron Hill, who overthrew first base on a play that would’ve ended the inning, allowing two unearned runs to score and giving the Rockies a four-run cushion heading into the ninth.
They would need that cushion, too, as Boone Logan came on in the ninth and immediately allowed two base runners on a walk and a hit. John Axford came on to relieve him with two on and nobody out, and traded outs for runs (by way of an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly) and eventually closed out the game in the Rockies’ favor.
The Rockies, now having won three straight home series (Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Cardinals), head out on the road again, with a ten-game road trip starting Friday night against the San Francisco Giants, before the club moves along to Oakland and Arizona.