DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Colorado Rockies a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
After Trevor Story was hit by a pitch, Arenado launched a fastball from Archie Bradley (3-5) over the fence in left. It was Arenado’s third career walk-off homer and first since June 18, 2017, against San Francisco.
Arenado was doused with Powerade soon after crossing home plate and mobbed by teammates. Colorado ended a string of five straight losses to Arizona. The Rockies are 14-33 since June 21, one of the worst marks by winning percentage in the majors over the stretch.
Arenado’s homer came after Ketel Marte delivered a two-out, run-scoring bloop single in the top of the inning to give the Diamondbacks the lead. Marte dropped a slider from closer Scott Oberg (6-1) just over the head of Story, who turned and threw home too late. It was Marte’s career high-tying fourth hit of the day.
Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and Wilmer Flores added a solo shot in the sixth to give Arizona a 5-2 lead. The Rockies tied it up on pinch-hitter Ryan McMahon’s three-run homer in the bottom half of the inning.
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen was pressed into duty earlier than expected when starter Robbie Ray left in the third inning because of spasms in his lower back.
It was far from a defensive gem for the Diamondbacks, who committed a season-high four errors. Christian Walker, Nick Ahmed and Marte were charged with errors on fielding plays and Flores on a throw.
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland allowed two runs in the first before settling down. He fell apart again in the sixth in surrendering three more. The scuffling left-hander who finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting a season ago allowed five runs over six innings in in the no-decision.
Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta has been dealing with a stiff neck and didn’t start on his 32nd birthday. He entered in the seventh as part of a double-switch and had a single in the eighth.
The Rockies recalled RHP Yency Almonte from Triple-A Albuquerque and sent down RHP Jeff Hoffman.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo is impressed by the poise of rookie outfielder Josh Rojas, who was acquired in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to Houston.
“He looks me in the eye when he talks to me,” Lovullo said. “Young players have a tough time doing that.”
Lovullo still has a hard time believing that Rojas lasted until the 26th round of the 2017 draft before the Astros selected him.
“They uncovered somebody that’s pretty special,” Lovullo said. “This looks like a first-round draft choice to me.”
Rojas didn’t start but entered as part of a double-switch in the sixth. Rojas had a double.
Diamondbacks: Begin a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday. Lefty Alex Young (4-2, 3.32 ERA) gets the start for the Diamondbacks.
Rockies: After a day off, the Rockies host Miami for three games. Righty Jon Gray (10-8, 4.06) takes the mound Friday after skipping his scheduled start Tuesday due to a sore left ankle. The Marlins will throw right-hander Sandy Alcántara (4-10, 4.44).
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