Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood dug himself into a hole early on in the second inning, giving up a lead-off double to Miguel Montero to begin the inning as he moved to third on a throwing error. Aaron Hill would hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Montero to give the D’Backs the early 1-0 lead. After Chatwood walked Eric Chavez, D’Backs rookie shortstop Chris Owings would double to deep left field, plating Chavez to take the 2-0 lead.
Colorado would answer back in the top half of the fourth inning as Troy Tulowitzki continues his hot streak with a two-out single to center. The very next batter, Justin Morneau would smoke a triple to right field, scoring Tulo to bring the lead to within one. Nolan Arenado would put together a nice two-out at-bat, singling to center to score Morneau as the third baseman extended his hitting streak to 19-games, tying the game up at two apiece.
Arizona responded in the bottom half of the inning as Aaron Hill would collect a double to left with one out in the inning. Eric Chavez would rip a single to right-center to score Hill as the D’Backs took the 3-2 lead. Moving ahead to the top half of the sixth inning, Carlos Gonzalez would lead-off the inning with a double to deep-right. Troy Tulowitzki made the D’Backs pay, hitting a laser over the fence by the pool for a two-run shot, giving Colorado the 4-3 lead. Colorado would collect four-straight hits in the inning off of D’Backs rookie Mike Bolsinger who would get pulled for Oliver Perez who struck out two.
Tyler Chatwood struggled in the bottom half of the sixth, walking Aaron Hill followed by an Eric Chavez single. After getting ahead of A.J. Pollock 0-2, Chatwood would walk him to load the bases with no outs. Rockies skipper Walt Weiss and trainer Keith Dugger came out to look at Chatwood who would get pulled due to right-elbow tightness; he is listed as day-to-day. Colorado brought in 27-year-old rookie Chris Martin who made his presence known. He would get Chris Owings to ground into a fielder’s choice, throwing Aaron Hill out at home with one out. Martin would get pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick to strike out following by Tony Campana grounding out to first to end the inning.
Once again, Arizona would strike back in the bottom half of the eighth inning. After Rockies reliever Boone Logan got the first two outs in the inning, he would give up a solo home run to A.J. Pollock who would end up hitting it off of the foul pole, tying the game up at four. In the see-saw affair at Chase Field, Colorado would jump ahead yet again in the top half of the ninth inning. Defensive replacement Drew Stubbs would hit an opposite field home run off of Addison Reed to give the Rockies the 5-4 lead and that’s all they would need. Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins came in and sealed the deal, earning his 9th save of the season.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Carlos Gonzalez: 2-for-5, 2B, 1 R.
- Troy Tulowitzki: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI.
- Justin Morneau: 2-for-4, 3B, 1 RBI.
- Nolan Arenado: 2-for-4, 1 RBI. (19-game hitting streak)
- Tyler Chatwood: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO. 93 pitches, 49 strikes.
- Chris Martin (H, 1): 1.0 IP, 1 SO.
- Rex Brothers (H, 7): 1.0 IP, 2 SO.
- Boone Logan (W, 1-0): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
- LaTroy Hawkins (S, 9): 1.0 IP, 2 H.
The Colorado Rockies (16-12) defeat the D’Backs 5-4, taking the series as they go for the sweep tomorrow night. Jordan Lyles (3-0) will take the hill, opposed by D’Backs righty Josh Collmenter (1-2). First-pitch is scheduled for 9:40 PM ET, 7:40 PM MT.