Colorado Rockies Take Early Lead, Hang On For Dear Life In Arizona

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Jun 30, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher J. De La Rosa (29) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies were able to at least salvage one game in the four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning Sunday afternoon in Phoenix at Chase Field. 

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The Colorado Rockies scored four runs in the top of the first inning, and thanks to a strong start by ace Jorge De La Rosa, ended their five-game losing streak and held on late to win Sunday afternoon in Phoneix, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 at Chase Field.

De La Rosa (6-3) solidified his role as the Rockies’ most important pitcher, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out six Diamondbacks. He threw 95 pitches (56 for strikes) and continued his dominance after starting the year slowly while returning from a groin injury.

He was helped by four Rockies’ runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by Troy Tulowitzki’s three-run home run that drove in Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu, and was followed up by Ben Paulsen’s RBI single off Diamondbacks’ starter Rubby De La Rosa.

The Dbacks got one run back in the bottom of the second, when Yasmany Tomas hit a solo home run off Jorge De La Rosa, but neither team would score again until the top of the sixth inning.

In that half inning, Carlos Gonzalez smashed a two-run home run off Rubby that scored Tulo, and made the game 6-1. Tomas struck again in the bottom of the sixth, hitting a sacrifice fly to make the game 6-2 as Jorge’s day was done.

The game got interesting in the bottom of the eighth, when Scott Oberg allowed two runs in just one third of an inning, thanks to a Paul Goldschmidt RBI double, and Yasmany Tomas’ RBI single to make the game 6-4. But Tommy Kahnle and Boone Logan worked out of the jam, and John Axford threw a scoreless ninth inning to rescue the game for the Colorado Rockies.

Now having won three out of ten games on their road trip, the club returns home after an off day on Monday. The Colorado Rockies will face the Los Angeles Angels for a two-game interleague series beginning Tuesday night at Coors Field.

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