The Colorado Rockies have set a franchise record for defeats during a dismal season, but at least they've guaranteed they won't hit the dubious 100-loss mark.
After a marathon victory in the series opener, Colorado looks to carry over the momentum against the host Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
The Rockies scored only a single run during a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, but the lineup kicked it into gear late to beat Arizona 7-5 in 13 innings Monday.
Wilin Rosario homered and Charlie Blackmon matched a career high with four hits for Colorado (63-97), which is assured not to finish with triple-digit losses in an otherwise extremely disappointing campaign."Nobody wants to lose 100 games in a season," said Chris Nelson , who went 3 for 6 and drove in Tyler Colvin with the go-ahead run in the final inning. "Now that that's over with we just want to finish the season strong. "Guys are out there fighting for positions now. We have a lot of guys coming back next year and you want to be on the 25-man (roster)."
Arizona (80-80), meanwhile, missed its chance to guarantee at least a .500 season after winning the NL West in 2011. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer in the ninth to tie the game, but the bullpen's late struggles proved too much to overcome despite the Diamondbacks scoring two in the bottom of the 13th.
Goldschmidt, who returned after missing three games with a sore back and has hit safely in 12 of 15 games versus the Rockies this season, finished 2 for 6 to extend his hitting streak to 11."You look at the bullpen - 5 1-3 (innings), seven hits, four runs but four walks," manager Kirk Gibson said. "That is just a killer and very indicative of what we haven't done. The walks really hurt us."
The Diamondbacks will need to win out in order to finish above .500 for a third consecutive season for the first time since doing so in five straight from 1999-2003, and they'll send Patrick Corbin to the hill Tuesday.
Corbin (6-8, 4.77 ERA) is coming off consecutive rough outings, giving up five runs in three innings of an 8-7 loss to Colorado on Sept. 22 before allowing six runs in an equal amount of frames in Thursday's 7-3 loss at San Francisco.
The rookie left-hander is 1-4 with a 6.94 ERA over his last seven starts."I just have to learn to minimize damage," Corbin said. "I just made a couple of bad pitches."
Corbin, who also lost to the Rockies when he gave up six runs in six innings May 16, opposed Jhoulys Chacin a couple weeks back and the two will match up again Tuesday.
Chacin (3-5, 4.78) allowed three runs in four innings against the Diamondbacks before overcoming three runs and four walks in five innings to beat the Cubs 7-5 on Thursday.
It marked the first time in the right-hander's last five starts the Rockies came out with a victory.
Chacin is 3-2 with a 3.18 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona, which has won nine of the last 12 home meetings with the Rockies.
|September 10, 2012||Ramon Hernandez||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring strain|
|August 22, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Left game - right ankle injury|
|August 20, 2012||Eric Young||15-Day DL||Left intercostal strain|
|August 19, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 19, 2012||Josh Rutledge||Day-to-Day||Left game - left quad tightness|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
|September 28, 2012||Paul Goldschmidt||Day-to-Day||Sore back|
|September 11, 2012||J.J. Putz||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|August 30, 2012||Chris Johnson||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|August 21, 2012||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Tight hamstring|
|August 17, 2012||Jason Kubel||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Facing Colorado Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill guessed fastball and was rewarded.
Not that Hill did anything different than normal.
"I'm always waiting for a fastball," Hill said after his game-winning three-run home run off Betancourt lifted the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night. "You live by the sword, you die by the sword."
Hill's second career walkoff home run and first since 2006 assured the Diamondbacks of a non-losing season. A win on Wednesday would give the Diamondbacks an 82-80 record and consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2007-08.
"Winning never gets old," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson .
John McDonald hit a one-out single to left off Betancourt (1-4) and Gerardo Parra singled to left one out later. Hill then drove the first pitch he saw into the left-field stands for his 26th home run of the season.
"You give Aaron first and third and you could see what's going to happen with how good of a hitter he is," McDonald said. "The bullpen's been awesome all year for us so it was nice to be able to give them something back."
Brad Ziegler (6-1) pitched the ninth for the victory.
It was the second blown save in as many nights for Betancourt.
"You've got your closer out there and you've worked the game to the point where you go to the eighth inning with the lead," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy . "(Rex) Brothers did a terrific job (in the eighth) and if they are going to beat us, they have to beat those people. They got our closer."
The two starters, Jhoulys Chacin for Colorado and Patrick Corbin for Arizona, allowed only one run between them before turning things over the bullpens.
McDonald hit a two-run home run off Guillermo Moscoso in the seventh to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.
But Colorado came right back in the eighth.
Josh Rutledge led off with a single to left off David Hernandez . Tyler Colvin doubled to left and Pacheco lined the first pitch he saw down the left-field line, scoring both runners for the 3-2 lead.
Chacin was nearly untouchable before reaching the Rockies' 75-pitch limit on their starting pitchers. The right-hander gave up three hits in five scoreless innings, throwing exactly 75 pitches, while striking out four and walking two.
"I felt really good today," Chacin said, "even in the first inning when I couldn't get the ball down. I was throwing a little bit up and then I got my feeling for all my pitches."
Chacin finished 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts and 69 innings after missing more than three months with right shoulder inflammation.
"I felt really fresh and that's a good sign," Chacin said.
Corbin pitched into trouble only once and it translated into the Rockies' first run of the game.
Andrew Brown led off the second with a single and advanced to third when Parra bobbled DJ LeMahieu's single to center. Corbin induced Charlie Blackmon to ground into a double play, allowing Brown to score for the 1-0 lead.
After Jonathan Herrera followed the double play with a double to left, Corbin settled down to retire 12 straight hitters and 16 of the final 19 he faced.
"The last game he was trying to come in on people and he couldn't locate in there," Gibson said. "Today he commanded the fastball more on the inside part of the plate. He had good life and better velocity."
Corbin went seven innings and allowed one run on six hits. The rookie left-hander struck out six and issued an intentional walk.
"That's what I wanted to do was end on a good note, go into the offseason feeling good about this year and get ready for next year," Corbin said. "I'm sute in the offseason that I'll take it all in but it was a great first year in the big leagues."
The Diamondbacks took their first lead in the seventh. Jason Kubel doubled off the base of the right-field. Chris Johnson grounded out to third but McDonald followed with a towering home run into the back of the Diamondbacks' left-field bullpen for his sixth home run, matching a career high set in 2010.
NOTES: Kubel's double made him the seventh player in franchise history to hit 30 home runs and 30 doubles. ... Corbin has allowed only three unintentional walks in his past six starts spanning 26 1/3 innings. ... The Rockies came into the game with only four of seven players on the bench healthy enough to play. ... Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero singled in the fourth for his career high 139th hit of the season. ... RHP Ian Kennedy (15-11) closes out the season for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday against Rockies LHP Jeff Francis (5-6). Kennedy is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his past six starts but walked six batters, the second-most of his career, in his last start Friday against Chicago. Francis is 8-7 in 23 career starts versus the Diamondbacks.