Jul 3, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop C. Pennington (4) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off sacrifice fly in the tenth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies looked to get things going again after dropping three straight games, facing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in Phoenix.
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The Colorado Rockies started quick with three first inning runs, but they never scored again, and the Arizona Diamondbacks chipped away, eventually winning 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning on a sacrifice fly on Friday night in Phoenix.
The Rockies blew the doors off Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson in the first inning, with Charlie Blackmon slugging a lead-off home run to open the game, and then Wilin Rosario hitting a two-run double after both DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki walked following Blackmon’s at-bat.
Staked to a 3-0 lead, Colorado Rockies’ starter Kyle Kendrick immediately allowed two runs of his own in the bottom of the first inning, when Paul Goldschmidt doubled home David Peralta, and then Jake Lamb tripled home Goldschmidt to give the Diamondbacks life again after going down three runs very early.
The 3-2 game held for several innings, with both Kendrick and Anderson settling into the game, until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Cliff Pennington singled home Lamb to tie the game at 3-3 off the Rockies’ starter.
Kendrick was done after 5.2 innings, having allowed nine hits and three runs — with no walks and six strikeouts — on 91 pitches (59 strikes). He would get a no-decision, though, and scoreless outings from Justin Miller (0.1 innings), Tommy Kahnle (1 inning) and Christian Friedrich (1 inning) took the two teams to a 3-3 tie in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Scott Oberg escaped a bases loaded one-out jam with a strikeout, and a groundout on a phenomenal play at second base by LeMahieu to keep the score tied at three. But, the Rockies would not be so lucky in the tenth inning.
The Rockies had something brewing in the top of the tenth inning, when Michael McKenry came to the plate with two runners on and nobody out. But, he hit a line drive to shortstop Nick Ahmed, who promptly doubled off Rosario from second base, erasing the Colorado Rockies’ rally and turning first and second with nobody out, into runner on first with two outs.
With Yohan Flande pitching, then, in the bottom of the tenth — presumably, with Colorado Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss trying to use him for several innings to save other arms in the bullpen — a leadoff double by Wellington Castillo was followed up by a single by Chris Owings, and then a sacrifice fly by Pennington.
Castillo’s run was, of course, the walk off winner, and the Diamondbacks prevailed with just one out in the bottom of the tenth inning, 4-3.