The Arizona Diamondbacks may have dropped two of three games over the weekend to the Colorado Rockies, it quite possibly could have been a complete sweep if not for the impressive efforts of Didi Gregorius.
The 23-year-old left-hander, who walloped a pair of base hits during Arizona's 3-0 loss to the Rox on Friday, helped spark a come-from-behind rally by the the D-backs on Sunday and secure a much-needed victory.
The win allowed Arizona (10-8) to escape Coors Field in Denver with at least one win for the weekend after being dealt back-to-back losses by Colorado (currently the best team in both the National League West and pretty much all of baseball) on Friday and Saturday.
The Rockies nearly shut out the Diamondbacks on Friday in a 3-1 victory after a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki in the fourth inning, followed by a triple by Chris Nelson and a sacrifice fly by Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth. Both runs were charged to Ian Kennedy, who earned his first loss of the season.
While Gregorius smacked singles in the fifth and eighth frames, Arizona's only run in Friday's series opener came in the ninth inning via a single by Gerardo Parra, who made it to second base via fielder's indifference on Colorado's behalf, and raced to home plate after a throwing error by Nelson.
Arizona also fell behind early in Saturday's 4-3 loss when the Rox manufactured a run in the second inning off starting pitcher Trevor Cahill after a throwing error by D-backs catcher Wil Nieves, notched two more in the third, and then got yet another run when Michael Cuddyer slammed a 398-foot homer in the sixth inning.
The Diamondbacks attempted to rally in the eigth inning on Saturday after a Nieves base hit and an Eric Chavez two-run homer. An AJ Pollock double, a Paul Goldschmidt single, and a Miguel Montero ground-out generated another run in the ninth, but proved to be too little, too late and Colorado nabbed their eighth straight win (and the best record in baseball) as well as maintaining their impeccable record at home.
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Arizona rallying efforts provided much better results on Sunday. The Rockies once again were the first to score after roughing up Brandon McCarthy and notching three runs in the third inning. The D-backs struck back in the fifth with his lead-off 395-foot homer. Goldsmith came up with an RBI single later in the inning to make it 4-3. Base hits by Goldy and Cody Ross added another run in the eighth.
It set the stage for the ninth inning when timely hits by Gregorious, Pollock, and Parra added the tying and go-ahead runs for a 5-4 Arizona win, thus snapping Colorado's streak and dealing the team its first home loss this season.
The D-backs continue their road trip when they head to the Bay Area to battle the defending World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants starting tonight.